Rubbermaid Commercial Products Launches Foodservice Industry's First Full Line of BPA-Free Food Contact Products for Commercial

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Launches Foodservice Industry's First Full Line
          of BPA-Free Food Contact Products for Commercial Kitchens

Tritan™ Copolyester Enables Sustainable and Durable, BPA-Free Foodservice
Solutions

PR Newswire

WINCHESTER, Va., May 1, 2012

WINCHESTER, Va., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rubbermaid Commercial Products
(RCP), the leader in solution-based commercial products, today announced the
launch of the industry's first-ever BPA-Free commercial foodservice product
line. RCP created the revolutionary product line in collaboration with Eastman
Chemical Company using its Tritan^™ copolyester, a material free of Bisphenol
A (BPA) that offers the highest quality, durability and clarity in the
industry.

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"As BPA regulation becomes more strict and commonplace in state and federal
legislation, Rubbermaid Commercial Products has invested considerable time and
research into providing cost-effective, foodservice product solutions made of
durable, BPA-Free plastic material," said Mark Jackmore, Vice President of
Marketing, Rubbermaid Commercial Products. "The result is a completely
BPA-Free product line that upholds RCP's highest durability and quality
standards, while also providing our customers with sustainable,
wellness-oriented solutions. The new products meet industry standards and
commercial kitchens' needs for preparing, serving, storing and transporting
food safely."

The new line of BPA-Free products will offer RCP's distinctive durability and
design features. In extensive product testing, the products withstood washing
in commercial dishwashers without cracking, were resistant to heat and harsh
detergents and demonstrated less breaking, chipping and cracking from dropping
or extended use. The innovative design offers glasslike clarity that will
maintain its high-quality look throughout use.

Eastman Tritan™ copolyester has an inherent toughness that can help increase
product life as well as reduce waste, allowing food service industry
professionals to work more easily toward sustainability goals and initiatives.
Tritan is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®.

Operators, chefs and national account purchasing directors can purchase more
than 174 RCP BPA-Free foodservice products made with Eastman Tritan
copolyester in four foodservice categories:

  oIngredient management
  oFood pans, boxes and square containers
  oProServe™ line of products
  oProSave® line of products

RCP's BPA-Free foodservice product line will launch at the National Restaurant
Association show, May 5-8. Industry professionals, customers and media are
invited to test and review the product, as well as see the durability of the
product put to the test in an extreme performance product demonstration. Matt
Accarrino, James Beard Award Nominated Executive Chef and early-adopter of
RCP's full BPA-Free product line, will also be on hand to speak with media and
discuss the benefits of the products from a chef's point of view.

RCP is committed to the success of its foodservice partners and customers, as
the first and only brand to bring 100 percent BPA-Free foodservice contact
products to the commercial market. RCP continues to demonstrate that it is not
only focused on being a partner for the smartest solutions, but also on
ensuring its customers and end-users can switch to the new BPA-Free
foodservice products easily.

To learn more about this collaboration and available products, visit RCP and
Eastman at Booth 4260 during the National Restaurant Association Show May 5-8
in Chicago.

ABOUT Rubbermaid Commercial Products

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), headquartered in Winchester, Va., is a
manufacturer of innovative, solution-based products for commercial and
institutional markets worldwide. Since 1968, RCP has pioneered technologies
and system solutions in the categories of food services, sanitary maintenance,
waste handling, material transport, away-from-home washroom and safety
products. RCP, an ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer, is part of Newell Rubbermaid's
global portfolio of leading brands and continues to develop innovative
products. Visit www.rubbermaidcommercial.com. 

ABOUT Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman's chemicals, fibers and plastics are used as key ingredients in
products that people use every day. Approximately 10,000 Eastman employees
around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical
solutions. The company is committed to finding sustainable business
opportunities within the diverse markets and geographies it serves. A global
company headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, Eastman had 2011 sales of
$7.2 billion.

For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

SOURCE Rubbermaid Commercial Products
 
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