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'New' InterBev widens focus

With a new show producer, InterBev has become an all-beverage show. New conference and keynote session are among the added features.
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The vf/f/s machine discharges four filled and sealed packs at a time (above). The equipment heat-seals a strip of unprinted film
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield

Stonyfield Farm is so confident about the potential sales of its Yo Squeeze organic yogurt for kids that it’s purchased a second vf/f/s machine. Each machine produces 200 tubes/min, with an unusual ‘butt seal.’
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield (sidebar)

Cartoner delivers downstream
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Suppliers recognize packagers' training needs

In describing their own programs, suppliers acknowledge shortcomings and reflect the criticisms made by their customers. Time allocated for training remains the most pressing need, they agree.
Glen Long
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Suppliers recognize packagers' training needs (sidebar)

PMMI’s ‘train the trainer’ program nearly ready
The redesigned Tums package (left) features a snap-on/twist-off cap and an oval-shaped neck finish that is induction-sealed on a
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Tums packages sealed with a twist

SmithKline Beecham breaks new ground with an oval-shaped, induction-sealed foil membrane beneath a twist-off cap. Benefits include reduced downtime and less scrap.
Wheeled dollies (top) of reusable plastic crates filled with chilled foods are rolled through portal readers at the Tibbett & Br
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UK firms are out to shorten time to market

Sainsbury’s will soon implement a sophisticated RFID tag system to better manage its chilled foods distribution, while ICI Paints evaluates digital asset management.
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All need to find time for training

The two-part training certification and accreditation program announced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) sounds like a strong plan that could pay big dividends to packaging operations in the years ahead (see p.
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Wine bottles go 'green' for Europe

Citing European preference for “green” packaging, and to satisfy local regulatory prohibitions, Canandaigua Brands, Fairport, NY, has switched wine capsules on bottles it ships to Europe.
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Cash pops out of Aussie cans

The expression “show me the money” has taken a beverage twist Down Under. That’s where United Distillers & Vintners, part of London, England-based Diageo, has stashed real cash inside select cans of Bundaberg’s Rum & Cola.
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Textured finish is a first

In launching a new beer called Swan Mid, brand manager Brenton Foster of Australia's Swan Brewery wanted a package that would stand out from other beer products.
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Study on foodservice packaging

The Foodservice & Packaging Institute has released a new market data study on disposable foodservice packaging products, including beverage cups, food containers, dinnerware, bags, wraps and plastic cutlery.
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Call for entries

DuPont has announced the call for entries in the Fourteenth DuPont Awards for Innovation in Packaging. Deadline for entries is January 5, 2001. Judges will be looking for innovations that offer a breadth of application for today and the future, significant industry and consumer impact, and a strong degree of innovation.
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Box 'Aces' apple maker's test

This year, the Ace Apple Co. ordered 30ꯠ interlocking, “shelf-ready” corrugated cases to pack its apples, tripling last year’s order. The apple grower reports the increased use of the box, as an alternative to a more traditional corrugated case, stems from the enthusiasm of retailers, primarily supermarkets.
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Castrol bottle gives consumers a hand

Easy pouring and convenient carrying were the key objectives behind a recent package redesign for Castrol in Australia. Extrusion blown of high-density polyethylene like its predecessor, the container costs about 8% more than the bottle it replaces.

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