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High-speed graphics

To help meet the demand for NASCAR-related merchandise, Los Angeles-based Rovar Soap has created a line of “high-performance” soap products in bottles with a high-speed edge.
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Retailers need to play role in defeating counterfeits

The marketing and sale of counterfeit products hurts every member of the supply chain—except the counterfeiter.
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Pasteurizable PET bottles

KoSa has developed a PET copolymer packaging resin that may make it possible to bottle and pasteurize beer in plastic.
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Sensor trends in packaging

The hottest market for sensors? Packaging. Biggest challenge in using sensors for packaging? Improper application. So says a specialist with Omron in an exclusive interview with Packworld.com.
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Sutter: To twist or not to twist

After seven years of using twist-off closures to seal its 1 ½-L bottles of wine, Sutter Home Winery recently reverted back to sealing its larger bottles with a traditional cork closure.
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Miller unveils plastic cap

As television ads touting its plastic beer bottle begin to appear with some frequency, Miller has completed its development of an injection-molded plastic closure that replaces ROPP aluminum. Easier-to-recycle package is spotted in Chicago.
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Premarket review for biotech foods

FDA proposes that bioengineered foods and animal feeds marketers notify the agency four months before going to market.
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PW tours Japan

Executive editor Pat Reynolds recently took advantage of a unique opportunity to tour three packaging operations in Japan. Included on the itinerary: Sapporo Breweries, Ltd., Daiwa Can and Kose.
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PEF Hall of Fame inductees

Announced in mid-August, three career professionals will be inducted into the PEF Hall of Fame on November 11: Robert S. Forsyth; William C. Heller, Jr; and John M. Johnston.
The impact of the mirrored product and graphics appeal of the offset-printed cardstock shine through the high-clarity clamshells
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PVC clamshells open up markets for hitching mirrors

Moving out of the box and into marketable, protective clear PVC clamshells gets results for ‘The Backup Buddy,’ a mirror assembly for hitching trailers.
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Super marketing through packaging

Products at the Food Marketing Institute trade show in Chicago illustrate how grocery marketers rely heavily on packaging to add convenience and sales appeal.
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Practice makes perfect

With the help of a low-cost prototype tool, ink-jet printer manufacturer Lexmark was able to successfully test mold fiber cushions as a means of protective packaging. As a result, the company enjoys both cost savings and environmental benefits.
Planters' "tubed" peanuts are sold at retail in colorful display cartons (above). Photo below left shows the carton infeed stati
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Planters picks a packing line

Consumers are clearly fond of single-serve “tubes” of Planters nuts. An automated packaging line helps keep the nationwide pipeline full.
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Controls play a key role
Case sizes handled by the adjustable taping machine, top, range from a 10" cube to a case 32  1/2 " tall, above.
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Case taper fills tall order

E-Z Mix replaced a manual operation with a first-of-its-kind taping machine that top- and bottom-seals tall cases. Change to longer tape rolls also saves money.

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