As empty bottles are depalletized (above left), they?re mutually supportive because they move forward in a mass; even more chal
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Empty-bottle handling is no picnic

The lightest of the PET bottles filled on Pepsi's new line weighs just 27.5 g. Controlling these empty containers at high speeds is difficult to say the least.
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Pharmaceutical Makers Show Preference for Dedicated Suppliers

Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
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Trapped coupons free Maybelline sales

Maybelline's special promotion of blister-packed cosmetics entices consumers with redeemable fanfolded coupons that are trapped between two SBS cards.
In the cleanroom at Luther Medical (above), workers use a special scrolling device to tightly roll the directions for each cath
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Out of pack, top of mind

Keeping medical device directions outside of a sterilized package lets a healthcare professional read up before opening the package. Luther Medical's patented tray design holds scrolled instructions outside the pack for its catheters.
Farmer members of the wheat growers1 cooperative enjoy seeing their own branded pasta in retail stores in their region. However,
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Pasta plant extraordinaire

The only way for this new pasta producer to meet the needs of three different market segments is to have a packaging operation designed for maximum flexibility.
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Cost of food packaging to consumer stays stable

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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FoodPack seminars take three tracks

Designed for U.S. and Latin American/Caribbean executives, the 1995 FoodPack of the Americas Conference is scheduled for January 19-20 at the Coconut Grove Convention Center in Miami.
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Uncanny reproduction

Preston, WA-based beverage company Talking Rain plans to expand its line of Sparkling Ice flavored waters, introduced earlier this year, by adding a canned version.
This $5-million gravure press has 10 stations for a variety of printing requirements.
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Converters add new presses

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.
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Pillsbury chooses Chep pallets

Beginning December 3, Minneapolis-based Pillsbury Co. began offering its entire line of retail food products on pallets owned by Chep USA (Park Ridge, NY).
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7-UP adds sparkle to holiday packages

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.
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FTC continues attack on enviroclaims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is not letting up on its attack against unsubstantiated claims that packaging is biodegradable or otherwise environmentally friendly.
Originally a stock flint bottle was used (above). Currently the cobalt blue bottle is available in four sizes (top), one of them
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Skyy gets it right

U.S. made (and proud of it) Skyy vodka comes in a striking blue bottle that's starting to make its mark in restaurants, bars, and liquor stores across the country.
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Award-winning bottles quench thirst for design

Beverage packages stand out at this year's Package Design Council competition, bringing home five awards including Best of Show. Appeal to both visual and tactile senses create lasting impressions.
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Paper makes strong comeback in bottle, can carriers

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.

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