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Independent Analysis Shows that Nomacorc and Natural Cork Closures Produce Lowest Carbon Footprints

(04-07-2008)

ZEBULON, N.C. (April 7, 2008) – Nomacorc, the world’s leading producer of alternative wine closures, announced the results of an independent carbon footprint benchmark analysis for the company’s European production facility in Thimister, Belgium.

The study showed Nomacorc and natural cork closures produce the lowest carbon footprint of all wine closures. Other closures’ carbon footprints were significantly higher, with screwcaps’ carbon footprint at least double and micro-agglomerated closures at approximately 30 percent higher than that of Nomacorc.

Carbon Footprint Analysis for Selected Closures

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"Generally speaking, the industry expected synthetics – including Nomacorc – to have a relatively high carbon footprint," said Malcolm Thompson, vice president of quality and technology of Nomacorc. "We're very encouraged by the results from this research and are confident that we can make additional improvements that will bring the carbon footprint of our products very close to parity with that of natural cork."

The report indicates that Nomacorc’s carbon footprint has already begun to decrease with production efficiencies from recently installed co-extrusion equipment. In addition, technological advances employed in the production of the company’s newest product, Nomacorc Classic+ results in a 25 percent lower carbon footprint than traditional Nomacorc products – positively affecting Nomacorc’s benchmark carbon footprint. In the future, Nomacorc can continue to decrease its carbon footprint through the use of raw materials and energy sources with even lower environmental impact.

"Nomacorc is committed to undertaking actions to mitigate its climate impact," said Lars von Kantzow, president and chief executive officer of Nomacorc. "This is the first step in the company’s long-term, environmentally-conscious plan."

Produced by Greenloop, a consultancy based in Brussels, the independent study used Bilan Carbone® methodology to assess greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Bilan Carbone was developed by the French Agency for Environment and Energy (ADEME) and is a well-recognized methodology used for understanding, quantifying and managing a GHG emissions profile throughout the value chain.

Nomacorc will continue its environmental analysis by evaluating its U.S. production facility’s carbon footprint and will conduct a life cycle assessment for the portfolio of Nomacorc products in collaboration with the LBP-Gabi Institute, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

About Nomacorc
Nomacorc is the worldwide leader in the growing alternative wine closure category. Dedicated to technological innovation, Nomacorc manufactures its portfolio of products using a patented co-extrusion process. As a result, Nomacorc closures provide consistent, predictable oxygen management and protect against off-flavors due to oxidation, reduction or cork taint. Nomacorc products are available through a vast network of distributors and sales agents on six continents. With more than 400 employees worldwide and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium and China, Nomacorc currently produces closures at the rate of nearly 2 billion annually. For more information, visit nomacorc.com. ###

Contact: Katie Myers
Richards Partners for Nomacorc
214-891-5842
katie_myers@richards.com

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