EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 9, 2015-- Berry Plastics (NYSE: BERY) is honored to have recently received the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers’ (APR) inaugural Responsible Innovation Acknowledgment award. Berry Plastics earned the award for the work it completed in bringing to market VersaliteTM, a fully recyclable food and beverage packaging solution. The APR is the leading trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry in North America.

Berry Plastics first introduced Versalite technology to the market as a to-go cup for both hot and cold beverages. Made from #5 polypropylene, the Company’s Versalite cup provides a solution consumers were seeking -- a to-go cup that is recyclable, durable, and can keep beverages hot or cold for extended periods of time.

“We are extremely proud to be acknowledged by the APR for our work in bringing to market Versalite,” said Rob Flores, Director of Sustainability for Berry Plastics. “Throughout the development process for Versalite, we continually engaged with market leaders in the waste and recycling community, as well as leading industry trade groups such as the APR, to verify that Versalite could be easily recycled and to help increase the overall supply of recycled polypropylene.”

“As a leading plastics company, we are committed to continuously improving our operations, products, and services to become more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable,” said Jon Rich, Chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics. “Versalite is one example of how through responsible innovation we are striving to fulfill that vision for Berry Plastics, our customers, end consumers, and our shareholders.”

About The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers

The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) is the “Voice of Plastics RecyclingTM.” APR represents companies who acquire, reprocess and sell the byproduct of more than 90 percent of the postconsumer plastic processing capacity in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins, as well as consumer product companies, equipment manufacturers, testing laboratories, organizations, and others committed to the success of plastics recycling. APR advocates the recycling of all postconsumer plastic. Visit their website for more information: www.PlasticsRecycling.org.

About Berry Plastics

Berry Plastics Group, Inc. is a leading provider of value-added plastic consumer packaging and engineered materials delivering high-quality customized solutions to our customers with annual net sales of $5.0 billion in fiscal 2014. With world headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, the Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BERY. For additional information, visit the Company’s website at www.berryplastics.com.

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