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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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Packs provide shimmer

Revlon’s new hair treatment line was designed to put the shine back in damaged hair. Housed in equally luminous packaging, the premium line includes nine different products.
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A clear 'Hero'

When Dutch drink manufacturer Hero Nederland BV launched its FruitOntbijt breakfast drink in April '00, it sought a transparent, cost-effective container to compliment its new beverage. Hero found its solution in Millad 3988, a clarifier from Milliken Chemical (Spartanburg, SC).
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EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: Problems caused by failures in packaging and process machinery accounted for half of all recalls of food, pharmaceutical and drink products published in the UK press last year. Click logo for full article.

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