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New UCC variable-length codes coming

As early as next month, the Uniform Code Council (Lawrenceville, NJ) will begin issuing variable-length UCC company prefixes for only UCC-12 identification numbers that begin with the numerals one, eight or nine.
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'Andro' label warnings

To settle complaints brought by the Federal Trade Commission, two large manufacturers of sports nutrition supplements containing androstenedione, or “andro,” have agreed to include label warnings about harmful side effects.
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Plastics industry lags in e-commerce

The latest research from Kline & Co. (Little Falls, NJ) maintains that plastics industry participants have been slow to launch e-commerce initiatives.
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Emballage teams up with IPA 2000

France's leading trade show organizer, Exposium (Charlotte, NC), has announced that, for the first time, IPA 2000, theWorld Food Process Exhibition, will be held in conjunction with Emballage 2000, the 34th Intl.
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Recycled content bill

The Wisconsin legislature is considering a measure that would require a minimum recycled content for plastic containers of 25%, to be phased in over four years, with 10% recycled content required by 2001, 20% by 2003 and 25% by 2005.
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Ordering spare parts via the Web

One of the promises of the Web is its ability to let vendors offer customers immediate access to critical business information such as vendor inventory.
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Beverage containers to exceed 217 billion in 2003

According to a recent study from The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH), demand for beverage containers is projected to advance at an annual pace of 2.2% through 2003, reaching 217 billion units.
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Packaging slims down

Fluidmaster's recent redesign of the blister package it uses for its flush valves resulted in a blister pack that's 20% to 30% more compact than the previous package, according to the San Juan Capistrano, CA-based company.
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Anheuser-Busch invests in new glass plant

When a company needs glass bottles, and the bottle-making plants aren't near the demand, sometimes the company has to put its money where its needs are.
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Neocork is winning converts in Napa Valley

Among the first to use a newly developed synthetic wine cork called Neocork(TM) was Lane Tanner winery of Napa, CA. Lane Tanner, owner of the 14-year-old winery, says that her switch from organic to synthetic corks has greatly reduced the number of bottles in which wine has been spoiled by oxygen ingress.
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Quality Dairy 'pops' with integral straw

By next spring, Quality Dairy Co. expects to be the first company to sell beverages in bottles equipped with an integral flexible straw that pops up and partially out of the bottle when its closure is removed.
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Potato chip marketer rolls out a zipper

When it comes to packages with reclosable zippers, potato chip makers have not been able to get past test-market status (see Packaging World, Feb.
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PEF Board votes for Miyares, PMMI

At its fall Board of Directors meeting, the packaging Education Forum elected Ben Miyares as Secretary/Executive Director, effective Jan. 1, 2000, replacing William C.
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Soy health claim OK

Foods containing soy protein may now bear a health claim on the product label stating they can cut the risk of heart disease. According to a rule issued by FDA, which took effect Oct.
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Smooth sealing of fruit smoothie base

When J.R. Wood Co. landed a contract to fill a fruit smoothie concentrate for a large convenience-store chain, management decided the best way to assure seal integrity and tamper evidence was through an induction-sealed foil membrane.

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