EVANSVILLE, IN, January 19, 2009 - Berry Plastics Corporation announced plans today for a major expansion of thermoforming operations to increase manufacturing capacity with targeted startup in the first quarter of 2010.

Berry's expansion is being driven to add capacity which will support customers' growing desire for plastic thermoformed products. A portion of the new expansion will be dedicated to manufacturing drink cups.

Berry is evaluating multiple project sites to determine the final location for the expansion. This expansion includes capital investment in building and equipment of approximately $80 million in the first three years and will create more than 150 new jobs.

Beyond the initial project phase, Berry's plans include additional capital investment and employment at the selected site as additional capacity is required by the market.

For additional information, please contact:
Randy Hobson
Executive Vice President Commercial Development
Diane Tungate
Executive Assistant
Berry Plastics Corporation
101 Oakley Street
Evansville, IN 47710
Telephone: (812) 424-2904

About Berry Plastics Corporation
Berry Plastics is a leading manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products. Berry Plastics is a major producer of a wide range of products, including open top and closed top packaging, polyethylene-based plastic films, industrial tapes, medical specialties, packaging, heat-shrinkable coatings and specialty laminates. The company's 13,000 plus customers range from large multinational corporations to small local businesses. Based in Evansville, Indiana, the company has 66 manufacturing facilities worldwide and nearly 14,000 employees.

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