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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

The Geon Co. (Avon Lake, OH) and M.A. Hanna Co. (Cleveland, OH) announced their merger and the name of their new co., PolyOne Corp.
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International agreements

Mossi & Ghisolfi Group (Tortona, Italy) acquired the PET business of Shell Chemical Co. (Houston, TX).
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Appointments, promotions

KoSa (Charlotte, NC): George B. Gregory, president, CEO.
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Customer-friendly design

Canandaigua Wine Co., Canandaigua, NY, credits improved packaging design and flashy graphics for a 42% sales growth rate between 1998 and 1999.
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Tomato packing picks up speed

New blow-on print-and-apply labelers at UK tomato packer Hazlewood VHB have vastly improved labeling efficiencies. The Littlehampton, England, firm installed five Sirius labelers in late ’99, three in its Ash facility and two in Littlehampton.
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Shaped cans clean up for B2C sales

Ergonomic metal spray cans from Chase Products Co. contain a product-specific towel for cleanup. Customer-selected product mix in custom-packed, 8-count laminated case is prompted by Internet orders.
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Party paks prove berry, berry good

Introduced just in time for Easter this April, Party Paks of fresh strawberries from Beach Street Farms, Watsonville, CA, have been charming strawberry lovers across the country.
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Survey: Would you buy new packaging machinery online?

Source: 150 buyers of new packaging machinery surveyed on Packworld.com, June 2000.
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Net Sourcing -- September 2000

This is the second edition of a new supplement designed to help buyers of packaging machinery and materials learn how to begin purchasing packaging from suppliers via the Internet.
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Whining over wine

The California Association of Winegrape Growers is pressing the BATF to revise its labeling standards so consumers understand that flavored wines are not required to meet the same content standards as traditional table wine.
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Milk bottle serves one on-the-go

Land O' Lakes, Arden Hills, MN, presents its single-serve milk in an ergonomically shaped 12-oz bottle.
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WD-40 promotes 'straw strap'

San Diego-based WD-40 Co. has come up with a way to keep the all-important spray tube on its popular lubricant product from getting lost. The firm’s 8- and 11-oz cans now have a red, yellow or blue stretchable rubber strap around the neck.
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Sugar zips into stand-up pouches

Zipper resealable flexible packaging has moved into the sugar aisles in stand-up pouches in 1- and 2-lb sizes.
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Hormel is first with salsa in PET

A 64-oz club-store-size container for Chi Chi's brand salsa is made of monolayer PET and can be filled at temperatures near 200°F. Special bottom enables container to withstand internal vacuum.
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Cereal promo's a healthy wrap

In May, Kraft Foods, Inc., Tarrytown, NY, shrink wrapped a free booklet, “Balance Your Life,” from Prevention® Magazine to over one million cereal boxes.

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