Perrier's 5-gal handled bottle gives consumers a better grip (top). A new modular rack system (above) cradles the bottles and pr
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Perrier gets a grip

Better ergonomics and lighter weight are benefits of Perrier’s new 5-gal water bottle with integral handle. Plus, a new rack system for transport reduces bottle breakage.
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Welch Foods launches coated PET bottle

Coated monolayer PET bottles are replacing glass for 16-juice drinks, juice cocktails and 100% juices. FDA-approved coating is said to cost less than multilayer barrier bottles. The heat-set PET bottles will be sold in vending and C-store channels nationwide.
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Magic American's magic labels

Consumers can see vibrant label graphics on the container-contact side of the back label, boosting shelf presence. Sufficient opacity built into back label prevents vibrant graphics from bleeding through the copy printed on the outer ply.
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Flask lends flair

A blue-tinted, flask-shaped bottle and low-profile pump closure system lend distinction to the new Jordan by Michael cologne. The men’s fragrance, introduced last November, is marketed in 50- and 100-mL (1.7- and 3.38-oz) sizes by Beverly Hills, CA-based Bijan Fragrances, Inc.
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Relocations, expansions

Mitsubishi Polyester Film (Greer, SC) will increase its capacity by more than 20ꯠ tons at the Greer facility by 2003.—Pester USA (Allendale, NJ) has doubled the size of its facility and staff by relocating to 7 Pearl Ct., Allendale, NJ 07401; phone: 201/327-7009, fax: 201/327-7824.—Spear Inc.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

A management team of Van Leer Metallized Products Ltd. (Franklin, MA) has successfully completed negotiations to purchase the co., renaming it Proma Technologies.—International Paper’s Industrial Packaging Business (Memphis, TN) has completed a merger with Ace Packaging (Monroe, MI).—Westvaco (New York, NY) has signed a letter of intent to sell its liquid packaging business to Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc.
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International agreements

Pro Mach, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) has acquired Belcor Industries Inc. (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada).—Honeywell Engineered Applications & Solutions (Freeport, IL) has acquired the assets of Kohap Engineering Plastics Ltd.
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Appointments, promotions

The Frain Group (Addison, IL): David Eggleston, COO.—LPK (Cincinnati, OH): Jerry Kathman, president, CEO.—Terco (Bloomingdale, IL): Dennis Ahrens, president, replacing David Cull who has resigned.—Alvey Systems, Inc.
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French brewers say <i>oui</i> to plastic

Web exclusive: Brasseries Heineken puts another brand in 1/2-L plastic and introduces a 1-L plastic beer bottle, consisting of three materials in five layers and coinjection stretch/blow-molded by Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). Separately, Strasbourg, France-based Kronenbourg commits not only to the unusal step of self-manufacturing its own PET bottles, but to Actis (Amorphous Carbon Treatment on Internal Surface) coating process from Sidel (Norcross, GA).
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Flexibles feed on innovation

Keebler’s contour pouch for cookies doubles as a hand puppet, while a wrap for frozen, microwavable sandwiches provides source reduction, and an all-plastic bag offers oxygen and moisture barrier for dry pet foods.
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Clever packages take flexibles to a new level

Sleeves for propane cylinders win Flexible Packaging Assn.'s President's award. Other FPA winners include pouches of grease for fifth wheels, recyclable ream paper wraps and protective air cushion packs.
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Chevron licenses BP Amoco/Dow metallocene resin technology

On March 15, Chevron Chemical Company (Houston, TX) announced it has purchased the first license to manufacture polyethylene metallocene resin using BP Amoco's Innovene® process technology and new catalysts developed by BPA and Dow Chemical, and based upon Dow's Insite® metallocene catalyst technology.
Keith Campbell (left), director of automation and integration for Hershey Foods, led the meeting.
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OMAC group tackles packaging motion standards

OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Motion for Packaging Working Group hammers out a specific mission and four key areas to simplify motion controls for packaging machinery. Areas include: defining business benefits of open controls; standardize on programming languages; standardize on network protocols; foster education in motion control technologies in tech schools and colleges.
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Euro brewer debuts 'glass' inner-coated PET bottle

New technologies for beer in plastic are moving forward. Among the newsiest launches is in Sweden, where Spendrups Brewery of Stockholm in March introduced its Norrlands Guld beer in 500-mL (16.9 oz) high-barrier Glaskin bottles. Developed by Tetra Pak (Geneva, Switzerland), the proprietary Glaskin technology relies on a vacuum deposition process to coat the inside of blown PET bottles with a clear layer of silicon oxide.Spendrups is the first to use the technology on a commercial basis.
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Ferreting out a pouch

When Marshall Pet Products of Wolcott, NY, introduced its Premium Ferret Diet food in a 4-lb size last October, it opted for a resealable stand-up pouch from Cryovac (Duncan, SC). “Our product doesn’t stay on the shelf long,” company vice president Peter Reid is happy to report. “But compared to more typical paper/plastic structures with a 12-month shelf life, this pouch has about twice the shelf life. It provides excellent oxygen barrier for the premium meat-based product.”

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