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No foreign meat stamp

USDA wants to stop putting quality grades, such as prime, select or choice, on imported beef and other meat. U.S. meat producers strongly support the measure, while some meatpackers and countries like Australia and Canada want the grading practice continued.
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Dorner Mfg. Corp. (Hartland, WI) has moved its mfg. and administrative operations to a 144,000 sq' headquarters facility in the
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Relocations, expansions

Sicht-Pack Hagner GmbH (Nyack-on-Hudson, NY) has opened its first North American polyester film line in Spartanburg, SC, under the name of Hagner Future Film 2000.
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Domestic acquisitions,

—Valéron Strength Films (Houston, TX) has officially changed its name from Van Leer Flexibles, L.P. paperloop.com (San Francisco, CA) has joined with with ABB Automation’s (New Berlin, WI) pulp, paper, metal and minerals business to create technical resources, customer applications, and collaborate on B2B transactions for the industry.
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International agreements

Amcor Twinpak-North America Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has signed an agreement with CNC Containers (Tumwater, WA) that gives Amcor a 100% equity position in CNC.
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Appointments, promotions

Wepackit Inc. (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada): JP Perreault, dir., marketing and business development. —Wago Corp. (Germantown, WI): Robert Mehalick, marketing mgr.
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Introductory design for teen girls

When Caboodles The Teen Brand, Plano, IL, decided to enter the fast-paced bath and body market, its packaging ideas went to Expac Corp. (Montvale, NJ).
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Packaging mirrors free-spirited consumers

In an extensive redesign of its Salon Selectives line, Unilever’s Chicago-based Helene Curtis is appealing to free spirits. The new look has a more stylish, sophisticated, yet approachable feel, says Diggi Thomson, Salon Selectives’ brand director.
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'Encyclopedia' of package-failure law

Guidance about package-failure litigation is offen tedious and dull. But a new compendium describes cases that can help manufacturers understand their responsibilities and avoid problems.
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Suppliers plan their own e-commerce

If a critical mass of packagers begin to actually purchase packaging machinery and materials via the Web, will they use packaging-specific e-marketplaces, industry-specific e-marketplaces or the suppliers’ sites themselves?
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Lava stuck on WD-40 cans

The WD-40 Company, San Diego, CA, has combined two of its brands in a major promotion. A total of two million flexible sample packs of its Lava cleaner were attached to 8- and 11-oz cans of WD-40 shipped from mid-October through mid-December of last year.
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OMAC: Standardize packaging machine 'states'

Should packagers define an industry standard for the various states of a packaging machine? That and other weighty questions were debated at the most recent OMAC meeting in late February in Orlando, FL.
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Smirnoff Ice refreshes

Already a success in the United Kingdom, Smirnoff Ice from Guinness Bass Import and United Distillers & Vintners, Stamford, CT, began rolling out in February in the United States and Canada. Called an “alco-pop,” the five-percent-proof citrus-flavored malt beverage comes in a 12-oz glass bottle with decorating reminiscent of bottles for Smirnoff’s vodka. The product is being offered exclusively for on-premise consumption in bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs.
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Packaging with AV effects

By later this year, consumers may be able to purchase packages with built-in audiovisual effects. Sound far-fetched? Perhaps, but in January, two companies began promoting a flexible battery device that can be embedded into folding cartons and corrugated containers.
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Promo pack 'tees up'

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 embossed on both front and back. The cans are made in-house by A-B on embossing equipment from Alcoa Packaging Machinery (Crawfordsville, IN).
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Alberto-Culver's all-natural bottle graphics

In an effort to recover its declining herbal shampoo/conditioner business, Alberto-Culver, maker of Alberto VO5 products, decided to modernize and “naturalize” its outdated bottles.

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