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Pac-Ex 2001 set to roll

This biennial north-of-the-border packaging show, built on a successful formula, offers some new features for the new millennium.
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Air cushions salve Omron's shipping wounds

Medical supply distributor switches from loose-fill “peanuts” to an air-cushioned void fill to satisfy customers and cut space requirements.
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A different kind of portal

While e-marketplaces, hubs, exchanges and portals cling to dear life now that funding sources have dried up, we’ve seen the quiet emergence of another type of so-called portal: Call it the “information portal.”
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A different kind of portal (sidebar)

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'Gray' workers add black to Bonne Bell's bottom line

As this observer continues to move ever closer to “senior” status (already a veteran of several years with AARP), a talk with Jess Bell, vice chairman of Bonne Bell, Cleveland, OH, helps to energize both body and spirit.
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SoBe goes plastic for sport drinks

“With this package, we’re marrying functionality of the package with sports nutrition in the product,” says Bill Meissner, director of brand development for South Beach Beverage, Norwalk, CT.
The box is converted from an 80-ga holographic biaxially oriented polypropylene/12-pt SBS substrate.
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Spalding pumps up b-ball packaging

Packaging for the new “Spalding NBA Infusion” basketball with built-in “Micro Pump” has a lot on the ball. Not only does the box use holography, a thermoform inside the top of the box highlights and protects the pump in its extended state.
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Dynamic growth for O2 scavengers

Average annual growth of oxygen scavenger packaging products in the United States is forecast at a stunning 215% between now and 2003. That’s according to George O. Schroeder Associates (Appleton, WI), international consultants in flexible and rigid plastic food packaging.
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Peaches and lemons pop on this label

Bold, colorful images on a full-body heat-shrink label are helping Essentia Water’s Aquess turn heads. A newly launched beverage containing water-soluble fibers, Essentia comes in a 500-mL (16.9 oz) bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate.
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Anheuser-Busch'tees up'golf-ball can

Beginning Feb. 26, 2001, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch made Michelob and Michelob Light available nationwide in new 12-oz aluminum cans with a golf ball decoration embossed onto can fronts and backs.
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Splenda's sweet on carton design

In November, McNeil Specialty Products introduced at retail a no-calorie sweetener called Splenda, a granular product packed into folding cartons containing either 1.9 or 3.8 oz, which it says offers the “sweetness equivalent” of 1- or 2-lb of sugar for baking or cooking.
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Educational Events

Cal Poly will host Poly Pack 2001 May 9, 10, and 11 in San Luis Obispo, CA. The student-run symposium focuses on new technologies in packaging, while also allowing business representatives to meet and recruit prospective employees.
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A heads up to food manufacturers

The proliferation of new food products in which botanicals and other novel ingredients are added to conventional foods prompted the Food and Drug Administration to send a cautionary letter.
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Mexico may require labeling of biotech foods

The Mexican Senate approved an addendum to its General Health Code that would require biotech foods to be labeled as “transgenic” or as containing biotech ingredients.
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Label biotech foods

Virtually all consumers in a series of 12 focus groups organized by FDA in spring 2000 feel bioengineered foods should be labeled so that consumers can decide whether to purchase them or not.

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