With Food Prices Rising, More Consumers Turn to Canning and Food Storage Sales of Ball(R) Jars Increase; Consumers Say They Plan to Preserve More



    DALEVILLE, Ind., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- As the cost of feeding a
 family continues to rise, consumers are finding new ways to save. Some are
 growing their own produce, others are buying in bulk at discount stores,
 and many are canning and storing their food. A recent survey of 1,800
 visitors to http://www.freshpreserving.com found that more than 70% of
 respondents intend to preserve more foods this year in an effort to save
 money on weekly groceries.
 
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     "It's no coincidence that we've experienced an increase in sales of
 Ball(R) jars and preserving products this year," commented Chris
 Scherzinger, Vice President of Marketing for Jarden Home Brands. "Typically
 in a down economy, with no end to rising food costs in sight, consumers
 will find entrepreneurial ways to save, such as fresh preserving and safely
 storing bulk items."
 
     According to the United States Department of Agriculture, food prices
 for basics such as cereals and grains and fresh fruits and vegetables has
 averaged a 5% increase from 2007
 (http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/cpifoodandexpenditures/consumerpriceindex
 .ht m) (Due to length of URL, please copy and paste into browser). The
 United States Department of Labor has determined that food prices have
 increased each month thus far in 2008
 (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm).
 
     Lauren Devine, editor of the Ball Blue Book, added, "Properly
 preserving or freezing food can prolong its shelf-life and save hundreds of
 dollars a year. With the summer produce season upon us, now is a great time
 to preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables to enjoy year-round."
 
     Consumers are taking note, as retail sales of Ball(R) food preserving
 products used for canning have increased 28% year-to-date since 2007,
 according to syndicated market data from IRI. Similarly, large Ball(R)
 jars, often used for food storage of rice, flour and sugar, have jumped
 nearly 40% in the past year. Sales of Ball(R) plastic freezing containers
 have doubled over the last year as people also turn to their freezers for
 easy heat-and-serve foods and to store leftovers.
 
     For canning tips, recipes, products and consumer message boards, visit
 http://www.freshpreserving.com. Recipes and how-to canning tips can also be
 retrieved by calling 1-800-240-3340.
 
     Jarden Home Brands d/b/a Hearthmark LLC * Daleville, IN 47334 A
 Subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE:   JAH)
 
 
 

SOURCE Jarden Home Brands

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