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Ecolab DryExx GS Lubricant Recognized as Best Product Design in the 2011 Social Innovation Awards

March 29, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A new product from Ecolab Inc., DryExx® GS Lubricant, earned the best product design award in the 2011 Social Innovation Awards at the JustMeans Redefining Value Conference in London. The 2011 Social Innovation Awards is an international awards program in the field of sustainability that recognizes companies implementing groundbreaking strategies and programs that drive social and environmental innovation.

DryExx® GS Lubricant is a dry conveyor lubricant designed for glass packaging on stainless steel or mixed conveyors used in the beverage, brewery and food processing industries. The patented, high-performance lubricant reduces water use in conveyor lines by as much as 97 percent when used in conjunction with Ecolab's control system.

"Ecolab has a strong and consistent focus on using innovation to help our customers run more efficient and sustainable operations," said Timothy P. Mulhere, Ecolab's senior vice president and general manager, Food & Beverage/Water, Energy & Waste — North America. "We're very proud that the DryExx program is being recognized and that it's helped customers reduce water usage by as much as 1 million gallons annually per production line."

As part of the DryExx Lubricant System, Ecolab provides an engineered conveyor management control system to help optimize line efficiency, and reduce bottle tipping and breakage.

With sales of $6 billion and more than 26,000 associates, Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to foodservice, food and beverage processing, healthcare, and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries. More news and information is available at www.ecolab.com

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