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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Chevron Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) and Phillips Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) have merged to form a new joint venture co.
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International agreements

UPM-Kymmene Corp. (Helsinki, Finland) and Champion Intl. Corp. (Stamford, CT) have approved a definitive merger agreement that would create a global paper and forest products co.
PMMI executive board officers: (clockwise from top left) Bernard M. McPheely, Dennis P. McGrath, Robert S. Potdevin, Anthony J.
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Appointments, promotions

Robert’s Packaging Corp. (Battle Creek, MI): Robert G. Koppe, chairman of the board, CEO; Christopher R. Burrows, president, CEO.
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Frost-bitten graphics

As the official ice cream of the St. Paul, MN, Winter Carnival, Kemps’ Below Zero ice cream needed packaging that would exude chilliness. Compass Design (Minneapolis, MN) used frosty colors like shades of blue, gray and white throughout the packaging.
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Milk questions soy labeling

The National Milk Producers Federation filed a complaint with the Food and Drug Administration in February seeking to prohibit soy beverages from being labeled as “milk.” Soy drinks are popping up in dairy cases in packaging that closely resembles milk cartons, and NMPF is trying to protect the distinct identity of its product.
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Claims and warnings on alcohol labels

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has scheduled public hearings on whether health claims should be allowed on alcoholic beverages. BATF is also considering whether the negative consequences of imbibing would make health-related statements misleading and therefore should be disqualified.
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Biotech labeling bill introduced

The food industry reacted negatively to the introduction of a bill by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) requiring mandatory labeling of all biotech, or genetically modified, food, food ingredients, dietary supplements, feed and products from animals fed biotech commodities.
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Notable web sites

Materials Marketplaces B2Boxes.com is a corrugated marketplace/supplier locator site. Buyers can locate a local box manufacturer from an extensive database.
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Prisma-powered drinks are aimed at adults

An acknowledged leader in aseptic filling of PET bottles, Lassonde Industries is among the first to install a Prisma aseptic packaging system from Tetra Pak. It is used for 236-mL packages.
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Sebastian goes for clean and contemporary

When the Sebastian Collection reaches Sebastian Collective Salons next month, it will include four hair cleansers and three conditioners in 250-mL custom bottles from Captive Plastics (Piscataway, NJ).
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Videos demo equipment online

Video on the Web is nothing new. However, only recently has video begun to be a useful tool for business.
On the Fast Trak: Color photos and product descriptions simplify cap ordering.
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Cap ordering goes electronic

With the proliferation of Web sites devoted to purchasing complex packaging machinery, it seems only natural that buying closures online would be the next step.
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Pac-Ex 2001 exhibition sets dates

Show will take place May 15-17, 2001, at the Toronto Intl. Centre.
Turning the crank on the E-Z Squeeze device permits nearly 100% usage of the tube's contents and also increases shelf life.
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Red Devil cranks up convenience

Home repair is made easy with caulk and sealants in squeeze tubes. A patented device fitted on the tube’s end allows consumers to roll up the empty end of the tube, thereby ensuring that virtually all of the product can be used. Red Devil uses the tubes for eight SKUs, including kitchen and bath caulk, wallpaper seam repair, tile adhesive and tile grout.
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Soft graphics provide a hard sell

Since introducing its yo baby™ organic whole milk yogurt last September, Stonyfield Farm has enjoyed incredible sales success.

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