Washington, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


                      Date of Report
                      (Date of earliest
                      event reported):        April 29, 2003

                                Banta Corporation
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   Wisconsin                        1-14637                     39-0148550
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(State or other                (Commission File               (IRS Employer
jurisdiction of                     Number)                Identification No.)

                    225 Main Street, Menasha, Wisconsin 54952
          (Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

                                 (920) 751-7777
                         (Registrant's telephone number)

Item 7.   Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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          (a)  Not applicable.

          (b)  Not applicable.

          (c)  Exhibits. The following exhibit is being furnished herewith:

               (99) Press Release of Banta Corporation, dated April 29, 2003.

Item 9.   Regulation FD Disclosure (Information Being Provided Under Item 12).
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     On April 29, 2003, Banta Corporation (the "Company") issued a press release
announcing its financial results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2003 and
discussing its earnings guidance for fiscal 2003. A copy of such press release
is furnished as Exhibit 99 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

     The Company reports its financial results of operations in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The Company has also provided
non-GAAP financial information to complement its consolidated financial
statements presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measure
included in the Company's earnings release is the Company's current expectations
for full-year 2003 earnings per diluted share before costs associated with
restructuring activities. Management believes it is useful for investors to
understand how its core operations performed without the costs of executing
its restructuring plans. In the Company's judgment, excluding these costs allows
investors to meaningfully trend, analyze and benchmark the performance of the
Company's core operations. Many of the Company's internal performance measures
exclude costs associated with executing its restructuring plans to enable
meaningful trending of core operating metrics over an extended period of time.
The Company has provided within the earnings release a reconciliation of the
non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial

     The non-GAAP financial measure included in the Company's earnings release
is intended to supplement the user's overall understanding of the Company's
current financial performance and its prospects for the future. However, the
non-GAAP financial measure is not intended to supercede or replace the Company's
GAAP results or expectations.



     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                        BANTA CORPORATION

Date: April 30, 2003                     By: /s/ Ronald D. Kneezel
                                             Ronald D. Kneezel
                                             Vice President, General Counsel
                                             and Secretary


                                BANTA CORPORATION
                                    FORM 8-K
                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

  Number                        Description
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   (99)      Press Release of Banta Corporation, dated April 29, 2003.