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BIRGO is a non-alcoholic beer with a unique flavor profile. It is a joint partnership between Mattoni 1873 and Budějovický Budvar, produced using Westrock's Cluster-Pak® EvoTech™ packaging solution, which advances the partnership's goal of improving circularity within the Czech Republic's beverage industry. Image credit: Mattoni 1873 and Budějovický Budvar. (Photo: Business Wire)
  • BIRGO is a non-alcoholic beer with a unique flavor profile. It is a joint partnership between Mattoni 1873 and Budějovický Budvar, produced using Westrock's Cluster-Pak® EvoTech™ packaging solution, which advances the partnership's goal of improving circularity within the Czech Republic's beverage industry. Image credit: Mattoni 1873 and Budějovický Budvar. (Photo: Business Wire)


ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of sustainable paper and packaging solutions, has delivered its flexible and efficient Cluster-Pak® EvoTech™ packaging solution for a joint partnership between Budějovický Budvar and Mattoni 1873 to advance their shared commitment to improving circularity in the Czech Republic.

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The solution has been deployed to package BIRGO, a non-alcoholic beer featuring unique flavor profiles developed by Mattoni in partnership with Budějovický Budvar, the Czech Republic's largest international exporter of craft beer and the exclusive producer of BIRGO.

Cluster-Pak EvoTech features easy, repeatable changeovers along with an optimized use of water, heat and electricity to improve both energy and operating efficiencies on high-speed lines. Its use of recyclable fiber-based packaging made from materials sourced from responsibly managed forests is key to establishing circularity on the BIRGO production line.

"At WestRock, we are driving sustainability by working with customers to develop and implement eco-friendly packaging and machinery solutions that help them to advance their sustainability goals," said Patrick Kivits, president of Consumer Packaging at WestRock. "Introducing our Cluster-Pak EvoTech solution to the Czech Republic beverage industry is an exciting example of our efforts. We look forward to helping Mattoni and its partners continue to further their sustainability goals."

"We are excited about our new collaboration with Mattoni, not only because of the excellent product, but also because we share the same values. We are proud to be one of the first in the Czech Republic using fiber-based packaging for canned products. We expect to save 85 tons of plastic per year," said Petr Dvořák, CEO of Budějovický Budvar. "Our partnership with WestRock advances our goals by putting circular principles into practice."

The packaging solution is in use on a new, modern production line with an hourly capacity of up to 50,000 cans.

About WestRock
WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide sustainable paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock's team members support customers around the world from locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

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Contacts

Media:

Robby Johnson, 470-328-6397
Manager, Corporate Communications
robby.b.johnson@westrock.com

Investors:
Rob Quartaro, 470-328-6327
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
rob.quartaro@westrock.com

James Armstrong, 470-328-6327
Vice President, Investor Relations
james.armstrong@westrock.com

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Contacts

Media:

Robby Johnson, 470-328-6397
Manager, Corporate Communications
robby.b.johnson@westrock.com

Investors:
Rob Quartaro, 470-328-6327
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
rob.quartaro@westrock.com

James Armstrong, 470-328-6327
Vice President, Investor Relations
james.armstrong@westrock.com
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