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Imperfect Solutions Order: Why organized standards are better than none

A colleague of mine wondered aloud recently whether ISO quality standards are really meaningful or useful in purchasing products or services. My sense, from talking with package purchasing executives, is that the answer is yes, that ISO certification is a real tool in the craft of selecting vendors.
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Shave products in fashion colors

Gillette has introduced Gillette for Women Sensor Excel® razors and two new formulas of Satin Care® shave gel. Both come in sparkling, feminine packaging reflecting color trends from the fashion world’s spring runways.
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Graphics boost beverage launch

Now being launched in select markets around the country are ?-L (16.9-oz) bottles of Hydrators, a lightly flavored natural spring water from Aqua Vie Beverage Corp., Sun Valley, ID.
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Labeler hits the mark

When J.I. Stanzel of Alumaseal Corp. ordered a new labeler for plastic bottles of his firm’s radiator sealant, he never expected a “plug-and-play” experience from the new equipment.
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Smarties gets better wrap

Smarties®, the venerable pill-shaped candy from Ce De Candy, marked its 50th anniversary by switching back to cellophane wrapping in early 1999.
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interpack 2000

A total of 1.6 million sq’ of net exhibition space will be available for interpack 2000, says the show organizer Messe Düsseldorf North America (Chicago, IL).
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Additions to private label expo

New this year at Private Label Expo, April 4-6 in Las Vegas, is Contract Packaging Expo. It’s said to be America’s first pure trade show of packaging service providers for hard and soft consumer goods.
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USDA says OK to irradiation

In late December 1999, USDA issued its long-awaited rule permitting the irradiation of frozen or refrigerated raw meat and meat products to kill harmful microorganisms.
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What's in a name?

Does “dried plums” sound more appealing than “prunes”?
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Final rule on dietary supplements

Dietary supplement packages may bear structure/functions claims (those that claim the product affects the structure or function of the body) without FDA prior review, according to a final rule issued by FDA on Jan.
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Pouch is part of a 'brand block'

In a major packaging initiative, Heinz launches a stand-up bag with a TransZip™ resealable closure as a replacement for lay-flat plastic bags for all Ore-Ida frozen french fries, hash browns and tater tots.
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Wella finds a domestic source

When The Wella Corp. began marketing two hair care products in the U.S. that had succeeded in European markets, the unique bottle in which the product was packed had to be imported from Europe.
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Partition inserter for P&G bottles

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble’s recent decision to go nationwide with its 300-oz Press Tap container of liquid detergent (see PW, Feb. ‘99, p.8 or packworld.
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Food packs sparkle in DuPont Awards

From an Ocean Spray package that won the Diamond Award to a vacuum-insulated container for foods and other temperature-sensitive products, this year’s DuPont Award winners are an eclectic and innovative bunch.
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Easy-open package wins award

New pack design opens without requiring scissors.

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