CREVE COEUR, Mo. and CHICAGO, April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smurfit-Stone Image Pac earned 10 awards, including a gold, at this year's Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) Outstanding Marketing at Retail awards competition.

The annual competition - the industry's largest and most prestigious - recognizes the most innovative, dynamic in-store displays and programs throughout the world. Entries are judged on the display's ability to increase sales, obtain retail placement and strategically position the brand in the retail environment.

"These awards recognize the creativity, innovation and experience of our sales and design teams," said George Moretti, vice president and general manager, Smurfit-Stone Image Pac. "Our employees are dedicated to giving our customers a competitive advantage and helping them grow their businesses. Through their skills and our extensive manufacturing network, we provide merchandising and supply chain solutions to some of the world's leading consumer products companies."

Smurfit-Stone's Image Pac graphic design team is the largest and most experienced in the industry. Smurfit-Stone operates 10 regional design centers that are supported by award-winning creative teams who apply their marketing, design, print and materials experience to develop packaging and point-of-purchase displays that grab the eye, increase brand recognition and drive consumer purchases.

Smurfit-Stone Image Pac earned awards for the following entries:

    * Eastman Kodak, Canadian Tire ESP-3 Full Pallet Display

    * ConAgra Foods, Healthy Choice 72 ct. Fresh Mixers Cylinder Display
    * Unilever Canada, Degree Zoming Floorstand
    * Unilever HPC NA, Dove Body Mist/APDEO PDQ

    * Unilever HPC NA, AXE Bass 12 oz. Shower Gel 24 pc. PDQ
    * Unilever Canada, Dove Flying Colours PDQ
    * Unilever Canada, Degree Zoming PDQ
    * Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, WALL*E Half Pallet
    * ConAgra Foods, Healthy Choice 144 ct. Fresh Mixer Half Pallet Display
    * BIC Consumer Products Inc., BIC 6-cell Floorstand

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation is one of the industry's leading integrated containerboard and corrugated packaging producers, and one of the world's largest paper recyclers. The company is a member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and the Chicago Climate Exchange. Smurfit-Stone generated revenue of $7.04 billion in 2008; has led the industry in safety every year since 2001; and conducts its business in compliance with the environmental, health, and safety principles of the American Forest & Paper Association.

SOURCE: Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation

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