Bemis' Curwood named 2011 Supplier of the Year by Tyson Foods in packaging category; company supplies Tyson with packaging solutions for smoked and processed poultry, case-ready meats and fresh meats

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin , May 17, 2012 (press release) – Leading flexible packaging supplier Curwood, Inc., earns top honors in its supply category in Tyson’s 7th annual awards program.

Tyson Foods Corporation named Curwood, Inc., as its 2011 Supplier of the Year in the packaging category. The prestigious honor celebrates Tyson’s commitment to strong business partnerships that enhance quality, drive out costs and maximize efficiency. Curwood earned the award by excelling in supply chain performance, total cost of ownership, pricing programs, customer service performance, sustainability initiatives and other performance metrics.

A multi-national flexible packaging manufacturer and a division of Bemis Company, Curwood has been a leading supplier to Tyson for more than 20 years. The company supplies Tyson with a broad range of packaging solutions for their high-quality smoked and processed poultry, case-ready meats and fresh meats. Curwood continually reinvents its products and invests in new technologies to achieve ongoing packaging and process improvements.

“We have a dedicated team that works closely with the Tyson plants and corporate office in a true partnership,” says Gianni Holzem, Curwood’s National Account Manager for Tyson. “Curwood strives to understand Tyson’s current and future packaging needs. We continue to push our team and drive innovation to strengthen our long-term relationship.”

On April 12, 2012, Curwood’s Tyson Sales and Service team and top executives travelled to the Tyson Corporate Headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, to personally accept the award.

Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935, is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 130 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

Known throughout the world for technological leadership in high-barrier packaging, Curwood is a preferred supplier of innovative packaging materials and systems for food, beverage, household, industrial and personal care industries. Curwood maintains strategic manufacturing and service centers throughout North America, South America and Europe, and is well-positioned to meet global distribution and marketing needs. Headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.A., Curwood is part of the Bemis family of companies.

Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and reported 2011 net sales of $5.3 billion. The Company’s flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs approximately 20,000 individuals worldwide. More information about the Company is available at

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