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Beverage containers to exceed 217 billion in 2003

According to a recent study from The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH), demand for beverage containers is projected to advance at an annual pace of 2.2% through 2003, reaching 217 billion units.
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Packaging slims down

Fluidmaster's recent redesign of the blister package it uses for its flush valves resulted in a blister pack that's 20% to 30% more compact than the previous package, according to the San Juan Capistrano, CA-based company.
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Anheuser-Busch invests in new glass plant

When a company needs glass bottles, and the bottle-making plants aren't near the demand, sometimes the company has to put its money where its needs are.
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Neocork is winning converts in Napa Valley

Among the first to use a newly developed synthetic wine cork called Neocork(TM) was Lane Tanner winery of Napa, CA. Lane Tanner, owner of the 14-year-old winery, says that her switch from organic to synthetic corks has greatly reduced the number of bottles in which wine has been spoiled by oxygen ingress.
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Quality Dairy 'pops' with integral straw

By next spring, Quality Dairy Co. expects to be the first company to sell beverages in bottles equipped with an integral flexible straw that pops up and partially out of the bottle when its closure is removed.
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Potato chip marketer rolls out a zipper

When it comes to packages with reclosable zippers, potato chip makers have not been able to get past test-market status (see Packaging World, Feb.
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PEF Board votes for Miyares, PMMI

At its fall Board of Directors meeting, the packaging Education Forum elected Ben Miyares as Secretary/Executive Director, effective Jan. 1, 2000, replacing William C.
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Soy health claim OK

Foods containing soy protein may now bear a health claim on the product label stating they can cut the risk of heart disease. According to a rule issued by FDA, which took effect Oct.
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Smooth sealing of fruit smoothie base

When J.R. Wood Co. landed a contract to fill a fruit smoothie concentrate for a large convenience-store chain, management decided the best way to assure seal integrity and tamper evidence was through an induction-sealed foil membrane.
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Labeler minimizes downtime at bundler

Dairy Crest of Gloucestershire, England, is the first to install a Harland Zeta thermal-print-and-apply labeler from Harland Machine Systems (Manchester, England).
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Scott's plants new zipper on Miracle-Gro bags

In January, The Scott's Co. is replacing a traditional reclosable zipper with a sliding version on its 8- and 16-qt bottom-gusseted, stand-up bags of Miracle-Gro® potting mix.
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Label depicts the 21st century

For the 21st year in a row, Kenwood Vineyards, owned by Korbel Champagne Cellars, has released a Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series wine. The 1995 vintage wine is decorated with a label created by printmaker and painter Karl Kasten.
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Processors urge no labeling of biotech foods

Food industry representatives stressed the safety of biotech foods in testimony at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in early October.
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Specialty drinks get old look

As the new year begins, Hansen's Beverage Co. looks to the past with its new line of "signature" sodas. They're packaged in brown glass bottles with crown closures and full-body shrink labels that evoke a feeling of simpler times.
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EU votes mandatory GM labeling

The European Standing Committee on Foodstuffs, by an overwhelming majority, voted to require special labeling of foods in which at least one ingredient contains more than 1% of genetically modified (GM) material.

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