Bonduelle and Crown Partner in Russia

In-house can production will bring logistical and operational benefits

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CROWN Food Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) (www.crowncork.com), has partnered with the Bonduelle Group, the world leader in prepared vegetables, to install a new metal packaging production line inside the company's Novotitarovskaia plant in Krasnodar Krai, southern Russia.

Russian consumption has been growing significantly over the last five years, driven in no small part by international companies like Bonduelle. The brand had been present in the Russian market for over a decade when Bonduelle took the decision to open its first Russian plant in 2004 in Krasnodar Krai. In 2012, Bonduelle acquired the Russian operations of French cooperative Centrale Coopérative Agricole Bretonne (CECAB), adding a second plant in Timashevsk to its portfolio. Today, the company is a leading brand of canned vegetables in Russia.

"As Russian consumption continues to grow, it is critical to ensure that our operations run as efficiently and as effectively as possible," said Hervé Caroff, General Manager, Bonduelle Russia "With Crown locally manufacturing our food cans, it provides our company with the best opportunity to improve its flexibility, service and product delivery."

By installing a can line in-house, Crown has been able to streamline Bonduelle's production process and supply chain in the Novotitarovskaia plant, helping them manage can inventory and simplify their logistics as well as minimizing operational downtime and ensuring high-quality products. The line has been operational since August 2013 and manufactures cans to pack sweet corn and peas.

"Crown and Bonduelle have a long history of partnership and we are committed to supporting them to develop their business in growth territories." explained Didier Sourisseau, Senior Vice President, CROWN Food Europe.

The addition of the Novotitarovskaia line also expands Crown's own presence in Russia. The company first opened a facility in Timashevsk, southern Russia in, 2003.

About Bonduelle

The Bonduelle Group, whose head office is located in Villeneuve d'Ascq in Northern France, is the world leader in prepared vegetables (canned, frozen, dehydrated, bagged salads and delicatessen products). It operates 42 production sites in Western Europe, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Canada and Brazil, with sales of €1,896 million and employs 10,000 employees.
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