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Fashion and Function With Merritt International Crackle Tumblers For Indoor-Outdoor Use
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Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester Enables Shatter-resistant, Dishwasher-durable Beverageware

Kingsport, Tenn. — March 7, 2011 — Enhancing its popular line of beverageware for casual, outdoor and elegant, indoor use, Merritt International introduces Crackle tumblers made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. Tritan, a new-generation copolyester, balances the properties of clarity, toughness, and heat and chemical resistance, and is free of bisphenol A (BPA).

Merritt International selected Eastman Tritan™ copolyester for the Crackle tumblers based on the successful 2009 introduction of Merritt International wine, champagne and margarita beverageware made with Tritan. As a replacement for tumblers made of polycarbonate (PC) previously offered by Merritt International, the new line of Crackle tumblers complement the existing acrylic line of beverageware and are available in two sizes — 14 ounces and 17 ounces — and three colors — clear, celadon green and bronze.

“The Crackle tumblers are as much about fashion as they are about function,” said Eric Damer, president, Merritt International. “The tumblers required a material that provides extreme durability and shatter-resistance for outdoor use around the pool or patio, as well as outstanding clarity and aesthetic appeal for indoor use entertaining guests during parties. We’ve found that Eastman Tritan™ copolyester meets all of our requirements for a high-quality product. By using Tritan, we’re able to offer busy customers a product that’s easy to use — including dishwasher durability for effortless cleanup and lightweight enough for families with young children.”

Merritt International values that Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is tough and heat- and chemical-resistant so it doesn’t crack, craze or whiten after everyday use and exposure to dishwashing detergents. In addition, utilizing Tritan for the Crackle tumblers allows Merritt International to meet customers’ demands for BPA-free beverageware.

“It is very important to us that our customers have confidence in the quality of our products, so we appreciate Eastman’s commitment to the development of innovative materials,” said Damer. “Customer response to this expansion of our product line has been very positive. As the success continues, we hope to continue growing our business with new, differentiated products made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester.”

The Crackle tumblers will be featured at the International Home & Housewares Show (IHHS) in Merritt International Booth S457 and Eastman Booth S4464 from March 6 to 8 in Chicago. They are available to consumers at high-end gift stores, garden centers and outdoor living retailers.

For more information about Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, visit www.eastman.com/tritan.
For more information about Merritt International, visit www.merrittusa.com.

About Merritt International
Merritt International is a family-owned company that has been in business for 15 years specializing in contemporary, casual tableware. Merritt’s classy designs have made entertaining with plastic easy and elegant. Our BPA-free products are imported and distributed to 4,000 fine retailers across the country. Merritt’s warehouse headquarters are located in Los Angeles, CA and the company was recently voted #1 in the U.S. for “outdoor entertaining” by retailers in Giftbeat Magazine. Our mission is to provide our customers with tableware that’s trendy yet durable and gives flair to any dining experience. Chic plastique not cheap plastic.

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, Tenn., USA, Eastman had 2010 sales of $5.8 billion.

For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

Editorial Contact:
Erica Zipp
Bader Rutter & Associates
+1 (262) 938-5534
ezipp@bader-rutter.com 

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