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Sporty pouch will be a U.S. first

from InterBev 2000: Following more than two years of development, Hydrade Beverage Co., Dallas, TX, unveiled in New Orleans its 500-mL stand-up pouch for the sports drink category. Intended for on-the-go use, the pouch has a laminated PET/foil/PET/PE structure and a resealable fitment for convenience. Sourced and contract filled overseas, it will debut in four varieties in the U.S. in early 2001.
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Prize figures <br> are 'capped'

from InterBev 2000: Antarctica brand guarana beverage from Brazil-based Ambev has a toy prize inside the hollow 'cap' that tops the shrink wrapped 8-oz PET bottles. Each patented, ring-shaped Cap Container contains one of 40 different Pokémon™ figures.
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Packaging consultants directory now searchable online

The Directory of Packaging Consultants from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is now available in searchable format or as a free download on the new IoPP Packaging Consultants Council Web site at http://www.packagingconsultants.org/.
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Atlantis starts-up seven-layer film line

A new seven-layer cast coextruded film line is debuting at Atlantis Plastics, Custom Films Division, Atlanta, GA.
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Ban functional foods, says CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, DC-based consumer activist group, is calling on the FDA to halt the sale of dozens of functional foods it says contain ingredients not considered safe by the agency.
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What's in a name?

European vintners have been protesting the use by their American counterparts of overseas place names, such as Burgundy, in France, or the name of European-grown grapes on their wine labels.
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Organic alcohol?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is in the process of finalizing its labeling regulations for organic food products. It expects to complete the task by the end of 2000, which will be followed by a 12 to 18 month implementation period.
Manufacturers like Herman Goelitz Candy and Hormel Foods know their products (seen at left, below, and above) must readily scan
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Bad bar codes provoke retailer penalties

Herman Goelitz Candy, Hormel Foods and 3M strive for bar-code readability to satisfy retailers.
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Bad bar codes provoke retailer penalties (sidebar)

Kmart demands scannable codes
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Bad bar codes provoke retailer penalties (sidebar)

Bar-code inspection basics
The labeler uses two parallel conveyors (below). In this photo, an open, toothbrush-filled case enters the machine from the conv
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Radius applies labeler to Fisher-Price application

Unusual new labeler at Radius Corp. closes a plastic case around a Fisher-Price toothbrush, then applies a TE label that wraps around three sides of the case.
At the first labeling station, a strip stamp label is applied over the top of the bottle (top). Small labels are used to show of
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Quintuplets!

New automated labeling system delivers five labels onto each glass bottle of Labrot & Graham’s premium bourbon whiskey, boosting output, reducing labor costs and improving placement accuracy.
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Quintuplets! (sidebar)

Simple but elegant materials
Shrink system (above) uses carefully aimed heat guns to provide a can-hugging fit, even for shaped cans of Killian's Red (top).
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Coors rolls out the barrel can

Pub barrel cans of Coors Killian’s Red are wrapped in heat-shrink OPP at a rate of 250 cans/min by a cut-and-glue labeling system located downstream from the can shaper.
The top portion of the Squish-Pak! bottle's two-piece closure is removed (below left), revealing the "sipper  protrusion" that m
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Suiza dairy touts 'squishy' bottle

A soft LDPE bottle and ‘sipper protrusion’ make it easy for kids to hold and drink single-serve milks. Suiza’s Country Fresh dairy introduces two distinct brands of milk in the containers.

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