Beginning in November, Wollersheim Winery, Prairie Du Sac, WI, began replacing the gray labels and capsules (photo, right) on 11 of its popular wines with new color-coordinated and graphically appealing alternatives (photo, left).
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Netherlands-based Philips Lighting Co. packages its Marathon brand of nonincandescent household bulbs to the American market in a carded pack that contains a recycled, amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (APET) blister set in an outer card. Changing from solid unbleached sulfate board to recycled board helped make an ecologically friendly, cost-saving package.
SmartReader from DVT (Norcross, GA) is claimed as the only low-cost industrial bar code reader to include OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities. Priced at $2꿃, the unit reads up to 180 codes/sec.
An award-winning thermoform package for Becton Dickinson’s surgical scalpel serves as a sterile barrier, a protective shipper, a sterile transfer tray from preparation to operating rooms and a point-of-use product dispenser. A blue-tint PETG outer tray, HIPS inner tray and a Tyvek lid replace an injection-molded box and foam insert.
São Paulo, Brazil-based bottler Ambev takes the winning-cap promo concept to a new level. The company’s 237-mL (7.9-oz) Antarctica-brand guarana beverage bottles have a Pokémon™ figure onboard, contained within the patented, hollow Cap Container from Cap Design Intl.
RMH Foods’ precooked beef products were so good they won two top awards in last year’s competition held by Cattlemen’s Beef Board. However, the Morton, IL-based company didn’t feel the packaging was doing an equally good job of winning consumers.
Annie’s® Homegrown Inc. in September introduced Microwavable Single Servings Mac & Cheese Meals in a “dual pouch” that holds organically grown macaroni in one pouch and powdered cheese sauce in a second, smaller pouch.