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Modest gain in packaging machinery sales

The U.S. packaging machinery industry grew 1.1% in 1996, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's 3rd Annual Packaging Machinery Shipments and Outlook Study.
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Optical illusion helps cider stand out

Dazzling graphics on full shrink-sleeve labels are becoming the rule on bottles of New Age libations and some alcoholic beverages as well. Now from the U.K.
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RPPIto focus on membership services

Fostering efficient operations and growth within the rigid plastic packaging industry is the goal of the Rigid Plastic Packaging Institute's new strategic plan.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

Pack Expo West 97 and IEFP
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U.S. RECYCLING RATE LEVELS OFF

The nation's 1996 municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling rate of 27.3% represented an increase of only about one percent over the 1995 rate, according to The Waste Policy Center in Leesburg, VA.
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Domestic content

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed to allow a product or package to bear a "Made in the USA" label if its U.S. manufacturing costs accounted for at least 75% of total costs and if the product were assembled mostly in the U.S.
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Country of origin

Congress is getting into the act over whether or not to require country-of-origin labeling on packaging. Rep. Sonny Bono (R-CA) introduced a bill mandating country of origin labeling for produce at the retail level, while Sen.
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Breathable can for Gloria Jean's coffees

For gift packs, Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffees of Castroville, CA, has switched from steel cans containing 1.75 oz of ground coffee to 4-oz foil/paperboard canisters.
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Clean air conflicts

The Flexible Packaging Assn. (FPA) issued a statement in July expressing its disappointment with President Clinton's decision to endorse the proposed new standards for ozone and particulate matter.
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Dairy, juice products come up short

U.S. packagers of fluid milk, juice, yogurt and cottage cheese can expect more unannounced inspections from federal and state agencies seeking underfilled products.
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New look for tubes

Freeman Cosmetics' new Aromatherapy line, introduced in July, includes two packages that are real departures for the Los Angeles-based company.
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Land O'Lakes tests fresh meal kits

In May, a new contender in the burgeoning home meal replacement category quietly appeared in the refrigerated produce section of Chicago-area grocery stores.
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Pouch brings fruit smoothies to the supermarket

Houston-based Tropeak® is banking on a stand-up pouch with zipper reclosure to make Smoothy fruit drinks an everyday beverage in homes across America.
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Coco Lopez debuts foodservice carton

Last month, Miami-based Coco L*pez introduced a new line of non-alcoholic cocktail mixes for foodservice customers in 48-oz Pour 'n Seal® reclosable aseptic cartons from Combibloc (Columbus, OH).
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Glutamate labeling?

FDA's proposal to require new labeling declarations about the free glutamate content of foods is "scientifically unwarranted," the American Frozen Foods Institute told the agency.

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