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California container recycling fails to meet minimums

The California Integrated Waste Management Board ruled in late July that plastic containers failed to meet the required 25% recycling rate in years 2000 and 2001.
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Finding workers big obstacles for printers

Although the economy, energy issues, or competition from the Internet might seem to be the number one problem facing printers, they’re not.
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Oxygen absorber growth

Dollar and unit sales of oxygen absorbers used in packaging is forecast to increase nearly 20% per year through 2005 in North America. So reports “Oxygen Absorbers in Packaging—Hit or Hype?” a new report from BRG Townsend, Inc.
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Shrink label sales to double

Sales of shrink labels for bottles and other containers will double between 1999 and 2004, according to a new study from Keymark Associates. “Opportunities in Shrink Film Labels for Bottles” says milk, ready-to-drink tea, sports drinks, and beer will show growth of more than 30% annually, 20% for juice, and 15% for water, ready-to-drink coffee, and liquor.
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Rising demand for foamed plastics, plastics equipment

According to the Freedonia Group’s “Foamed Plastics” study ($3꺜), the demand for foamed plastics in the United States is predicted to rise nearly 3% per year to 7.8 billion lb in 2005.
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European flexible packaging

A majority of flexible packaging converters in Western Europe are struggling financially, due to a combination of upward price pressures from suppliers and cost-cutting pressure from end-use customers.
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Summit Publishing Company Redesigns Packaging World

Is eight years old too young for a face-lift? Summit Publishing Company doesn’t think so and today announced plans to makeover their leading business publication, Packaging World, Summit’s monthly packaging tabloid will be redesigned and trimmed down to a more contemporary 9”x11” size as of January 2002.
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Contoured bottle fits Hansen's entrance into single-serve water

Hansen Beverage Co. entered the single-serve flavored water market in July with its Energy Water line sold in a 24-oz hot-filled polyethylene terephthalate bottle from Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI).
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Lettuce in twin MAP packs

"Fresh now and fresh later," is how spokeswoman Robin Sprague of Fresh Express, Salinas, CA, describes the company's new Twin Pack of attached side-by-side bags of lettuce. "Consumers can use half of the pack immediately, and keep the other bag under modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) conditions to maintain freshness," she informs Packworld.com. "It's a unique concept that offers more convenience to consumers."
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Pasta found in pouches

Recently spotted by Packaging World editors at Chicago-area Dominick’s and Jewel grocery stores is a new Barilla pasta line packaged in what appears to be paper/foil-laminated stand-up pouch holding 8.9 oz of uncooked, dry pasta.
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<a href="http://www.dotpackaging.com/news/general/01_08_30_001.shtml">New blisterpack safety protoco

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: A NEW protocol testing standard for blister packs is to be published in November. The move has been announced by the British Standards Institute following prompting from the Department of Health. Click logo for full article.
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The CP moves my cheese

A couple of months ago, I prepared a packaging trends report for the conference program that accompanied the Converting Machinery/Materials Intl. show.
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Vibrant label whirls with color

In February, White Rock Products Corp., Whitestone, NY, introduced Southern Swirl carbonated soft drinks in a 12-oz glass bottle decorated with a six-color, clear heat-transfer body label.
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Relocations, expansions

Mitsubishi Polyester Film (Greer, SC) broke ground for a new film production facility in Greer, SC, on April 18, 2001. —EaglePack Corp.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Interfilm Holdings, Inc. (Piedmont, SC) has signed a distribution agreement with the Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) to be a distributor of Opticite polystyrene label films.

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