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Solo Cup Buys InnoWare Plastic

Solo Cup Co., a portfolio company of Vestar Capital Partners and BAML Cpital Partners, has acquired InnoWare Plastic Inc. from InnoWare LLC, a portfolio company of Norwest Equity Partners. No financial terms of the all-stock deal were disclosed. InnoWare Plastic is a Georgia-based maker of take-out containers.

PRESS RELEASE

Solo Cup Company, a leading provider of single-use products used to serve food and beverages, today announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire InnoWare Plastic, Inc., a Georgia-based manufacturer of a comprehensive line of take-out containers. Solo will acquire InnoWare Plastic for $24 million in cash from InnoWare, LLC. InnoWare LLC is a manufacturer of disposable foodservice products owned by Norwest Equity Partners, a Minneapolis-based middle market private equity investor. The closing of the acquisition is scheduled for today.

“Take-out is an important growth platform for Solo’s customers,” said Robert M. Korzenski, president and chief executive officer, Solo Cup Company. “The acquisition of InnoWare Plastic, which we expect to contribute positively to earnings this year, will enhance our existing take-out offerings and expand the base upon which we can accelerate growth via our existing distributor and operator relationships.

“This transaction also represents an important milestone for Solo. Our work in recent years to right-size and refinance our company has successfully repositioned Solo for growth. We leveraged that position today with the addition of this important product line to Solo’s portfolio.”

Solo Cup Company is a $1.5 billion company exclusively focused on the manufacture of single-use products used to serve food and beverages for the consumer/retail, foodservice and international markets. Solo has broad product offerings available in paper, plastic, foam, post-consumer recycled content and annually renewable materials, and creates brand name products under the Solo®, Sweetheart® and Bare™ by Solo® names. The Company was established in 1936 and has a global presence with facilities in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Panama and the United States. To learn more about the Company, visit www.solocup.com.