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Zippo flicks from plastic to steel cases

Earlier this year, Zippo Mfg. Co., Bradford, PA, began shipping its famous lighters in two-piece metal tins from Independent Can Co. (Belcamp, MD).
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Smart package holds compliance solution

Incorporating an alarm clock into a prescription drug bottle seems like an idea whose time should have come long ago. It came last year, in the form of the MEMS® SmartCap(TM) from Aprex Corp., a Fremont, CA, company specializing in improved patient compliance.
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Coke's first contour bottle with PCR

Coca-Cola Co. chose Feb. 1 at the R'95 Conference in Geneva, Switzerland-an international conference on recovery, recycling, and reintegration-to announce the first-ever introduction of its famous contour bottle in a tri-layer format incorporating at least 25% post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate between layers of virgin PET.
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Getting a clear look at premiums

The packaging of electric shavers for promotional merchandising through mass-market outlets is sort of like trying to hit a moving target: the requirements are subject to change.
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F/f/s is okay for MRE retort pouches

The handful of firms that supply retort pouches for the Department of Defense's MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) program are now permitted to produce them on thermo-form/fill/seal equipment.
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Quaker launches its logo

"This is the way we choose to compete in the value-priced segment." That's how Quaker Oats spokesman Ron Bottrell described the Chicago-based firm's decision to market ready-to-eat breakfast cereals in bags, rather than boxes, bearing the Quaker name and well known logo.
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Of holograms and humans

Two toothpaste cartons are in the news this month, one for its hologram and the other for its humans. The hologram is on SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare's new Aquafresh Whitening® tooth- paste.
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Deregulation would affect packaging industry

Efforts by Congress to ease the federal regulatory burdens on business could have a big impact on all aspects of the packaging industry. Rep. David McIntosh (R-IN), a leader in the deregulation efforts, outlined a three-phase process.
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Less is more for moisturizer package

Paducah, KY-based Charles Kari took a minimalist approach for its line of over thirty skin-care products, sold in tanning salons nationwide. Simple graphics, provided by Bill Henderson & Associates (Nashville, TN), are gravure-printed in four colors plus gold-foil stamping onto pressure-sensitive polyethylene film, from an undisclosed supplier.
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Restrictions on chlorine use worry plastics makers

Proposals that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restrict the use of chlorine and chlorinated compounds are worrying plastics manufacturers. Some studies have indicated that chlorine is harmful to both human health and the environment.
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Similac customers unmask imposter

In what may be one of the most elaborate product/package counterfeiting schemes ever uncovered, bogus Similac infant formula has been sold from store shelves at Safeway and Pak 'n Save Supermarkets in California.
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Scholarship update

The Chicago-based Petroleum Packaging Council is funding a new scholarship for a Michigan State University junior and senior student electing to major in MSU's School of Packaging.
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Discussions continue with FDA on labeling

Representatives of the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) met with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials in early February to discuss NFPA's petition to amend labeling regulations of health claims for foods.
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Recycling reports to be filed in California

Food industry organizations will help members comply with requirements of a California law requiring recycling of rigid plastic containers sold in the state.
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Reformulating the bottle

When automotive chemical manufacturer Snap Products expanded its "Outlaw" line of fuel additive products and reformulated other premium products, the company chose to revamp packaging with an innovative aluminum bottle.

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