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GMA cheers label

In a letter to an official of the Food Directorate at Health Canada, Grocery Manufacturers of America said it strongly supports Canada’s development of a consistent science-based nutrition label to help Canadians make more informed decisions about their food choices.
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Relocations, expansions

Ramsey Technology (Minneapolis, MN), has changed its name to Thermo Ramsey as part of a new corporate identity strategy; Goring Kerr (Minneapolis, MN) has changed its name to Thermo Goring Kerr; Allen Coding Systems (Minneapolis, MN) has changed its name to Thermo Allen Coding USA.
Alison Kayser (left), DuPont, medical packaging engineer and Rochester Institute of Technology alumna, and Maura Scanlon, packag
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Sealed Air Corp. (Saddle Brook, NJ) has acquired Shanklin Corp. (Ayer, MA). SWF Co. (Sanger, CA) has acquired Salwasser Mfg.
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Creating a softer side for Softsoap

In a shift from the traditional straight lines of the old Softsoap® container, Colgate, with the help of IDI (New York, NY), has changed the look of its hand soap package to give it a rounder and softer appearance.
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Sticking with tradition

Red Gold, Inc. turned to design consultancy Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) to revitalize the packaging for its line of canned tomato and tomato-based products.
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An organic original

Sweet Organics, a new line of organic snacks from Seasons’ Enterprises, is setting a precedent in the growing market of organic sweets. To help develop a totally new brand identity for his company’s snacks, president Michael Season called on longtime partner Maddock Douglas (Elmhurst, IL).
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Bionic design

When Hydrade Beverage Co. was looking for a design company to put life into its new product, it turned to Sibley Peteet Design (Austin, TX). According to the company, the product, a “high-speed” energy drink, is the only sports beverage that contains glycerol, which research shows to be the ingredient that best hydrates the body.
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Tressa touts 'tri' container

To promote its line of Complexes™ hair-care offerings, Tressa, Inc. is selling 3-oz trial packs unitized in what Tressa calls its “TryPack.”Supplied by TricorBraun (St.
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Water tastes

from InterBev 2000: New aroma technology has been adapted to packaging technology by Scentsational Products Inc., a manufacturer of fruit-fragrance-infused closures.
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New health claim for heart disease

The Federal Drug Administration has approved a new health claim for food labels linking plant sterol or plant stanol to a reduction in coronary heart disease.
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Vampires maybe, cholesterol no

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is advising consumers that many label and ad claims that garlic supplements lower cholesterol are false and misleading.
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Country of origin labeling a marketing, not a safety issue

Opponents of a bill, sponsored by Idaho Representative Helen Chenoweth-Hage requiring mandatory country-of-origin labeling for the livestock in meat and meat products, told a House Agriculture Subcommittee that such a requirement would impose significant burdens on the food industry, be extremely costly, and would damage U.S. ability to export its meats.
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Attacks on irradiation misplaced, say food organizations

According to the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) and the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), a recent report attacking food irradiation by the public interest group Public Citizen hinders food safety efforts.
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Whiskey decanter hits Europe

Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Louisville, KY, used a fluted, flint bottle decorated with a white-and-gold applied ceramic label and a gold-plated medal to introduce the third, in its series of seven, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey decanters. This third special decanter commemorates the gold medal that Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey won at the World Exposition in Ghent, Belgium, in 1913. It was introduced to the European market in November 2000.
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PET pack added to mayo spread

Bestfoods has added a squeezable, clear PET container to its Hellman’s mayonnaise line, which is packaged in standard glass containers. The new 18-oz Big Squeeze container is topped off with a 0.250”-orificed polypropylene flip-top dispensing closure, pigmented in dark and light blue.

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