YORK, Pa., March 9 The Danone Baby Nutrition and Medical Nutrition Divisions have chosen Graham Packaging's on-site bottle manufacturing plant in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, as the winner of their 2008 "Partners for Growth" Award.
"This award is the equivalent of a supplier-of-the-year award and is given for overall performance -- improvement of the relationship at all levels -- during 2008," said Rafael Fernandez, business unit vice president for Graham Packaging Company, L.P., based in France.
"The award is important because it strengthens even more the partnership between Graham Packaging and the Danone Group," he explained. "For the people at the plant, it is the result of three years of hard work to achieve world-class performance."
The Zoetermeer plant opened in 2006 and produces six-layer, high-density polyethylene bottles with oxygen and light barriers for Danone's Baby Nutrition and Medical Nutrition Divisions.
The award was presented Feb. 11 at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam by Jacqueline Hoogerbrugge, vice president of sourcing and supplier development for Danone's Baby Nutrition and Medical Nutrition Divisions.
Graham Packaging, based in York, Pennsylvania, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of technology-based, customized blow-molded plastic containers for the branded food and beverage, household, personal care/specialty, and automotive lubricants product categories. The company has an extensive blue-chip customer base that includes many of the world's largest branded consumer products companies. It produces more than 20 billion container units annually at 83 plants in North America, Europe, and South America, and had sales of $2.49 billion in 2007.
Graham Packaging is a leading U.S. supplier of plastic containers for hot-fill juice and juice drinks, sports drinks, drinkable yogurt and smoothies, nutritional supplements, wide-mouth food, dressings, condiments, and beers; the leading global supplier of plastic containers for yogurt drinks; a leading supplier of plastic containers for liquid fabric care products, dish care products, and hard-surface cleaners; the leading supplier in the U.S., Canada, and Brazil of one-quart/one-liter plastic motor oil containers; and a leading supplier of bottles for personal care products.
The Blackstone Group of New York is the majority owner of Graham Packaging.
SOURCE Graham Packaging Company, L.P.