The 1994 Update of the Food Marketing Institute's Supermarket Facts shows that the cost of packaging consumes 8 cents of the consumer's food dollar, a figure virtually unchanged since FMI started tracking it in 1986.
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Packaging converters in the U.S. and beyond have recently added new capabilities that will broaden the services they offer. In most cases, flexible packaging converters have been adding new printing presses.
A holographic label on 2-L bottles of 7-UP and Diet 7-UP is helping to promote a Miracle Money promotion by Dallas-based Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up Corp. Bottles with the holographic label are available in Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Southern California markets until the end of the year.
From an InterBev show that was nearly devoid of new primary packages, paperboard multipacks for cans and bottles showed creativity. International Paper (Purchase, NY) not only displayed its Triton carrier (see PW, June, '94, p.
Even though there is pressure from within the food industry for modifications aimed at easing restrictions of health claims on food labels, the Food and Drug Administration doesn't appear to be in a mood to make many changes.
Continental Plastic Containers (Norwalk, CT) recently opened its 16th bottle plant (15th in the U.S.). This one's in West Memphis, AR, and it produces high-density polyethylene containers for Coastal Unilube.
For insulation manufacturer Litepac, shrink wrapping stacks of polystyrene insulation was a costly process-both in money and in material waste. The Granard, County Longford, Ireland-based company's change to a System 2000 Double Stretch Bander from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) not only provided savings but ended the potential problem of board distortion caused by heat from shrink wrapping.