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2016-12-22

Ahlstrom Oyj: Ahlstrom strengthens leadership in sustainable single-serve coffee materials market in Europe

Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE December 22, 2016 at 10.45

Ahlstrom strengthens leadership in sustainable single-serve coffee materials
market in Europe

Ahlstrom strengthens its leading position in Europe as a supplier of fully
compostable infusion materials for single-serve coffee capsules together with
two best-in-class coffee houses.

Ahlstrom will supply its unique solution made from polylactic acid (PLA) and
vegetable parchment materials to Caffe Vergnano in Italy and Cap Mundo in
France. The patented Ahlstrom GreenCapsule top lid(TM) is fully compostable
and biodegradable alternative to the common aluminum lid used in coffee
capsules. It combines optimum extraction for a perfect espresso with low
environmental foot print.

Roughly ten billion single-serve coffee capsules are consumed in Europe
annually, while currently less than 5% of the capsules are made from
compostable and biodegradable materials. An increasing number of coffee
houses are looking for compostable alternatives to differentiate their offer
and to answer concerns about the environmental effects. The global market for
single-serve coffee capsules has grown at a double-digit rate in the past two
years.

The Ahlstrom GreenCapsule top lid(TM) won the "best new packaging in coffee
2016" award at the World of Coffee exhibition in Dublin, Ireland. Ahlstrom
produces PLA-based materials, which can be also used in tea bags and other
food packaging solutions, at its plant in Chirnside, the U.K

For more information, please contact:
Gianmaria Pavan
Product Manager coffee
Tel: +33 474575736

Juho Erkheikki
Investor Relations&Financial Communications Manager
Tel. +358 10 888 4731

Ahlstrom in brief

Ahlstrom provides innovative fiber-based materials with a function in everyday
life. We are committed to growing and creating stakeholder value by proving
the best performing sustainable fiber-based materials. Our products are used
in everyday applications such as filters, medical fabrics, life science and
diagnostics, wallcoverings, tapes, and food and beverage packaging. In 2015,
Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.1 billion. Our 3,300 employees serve
customers in 22 countries. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the Nasdaq Helsinki.
More information is available at www.ahlstrom.com.

About Caffe Vergnano

Please visit:http://www.caffevergnano.com/en/#

About Cap Mundo

Please visithttps://www.cap-mundo.fr/

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Source: Ahlstrom Oyj via Globenewswire

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