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Heinz ketchup labels cop an attitude

In the first major label change on Heinz ketchup bottles since the venerable product debuted in 1876, the words "Tomato Ketchup" will be replaced with comical messages directed at teens.
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Packagers clamor for control standards

The proliferation of incompatible motion control technologies on packaging machinery is straining the engineering resources at large consumer products manufacturers.
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Bayer pours into lawn-and-garden containers

Spotted at the August National Hardware Show in Chicago were containers from Bayer-Pursell that are notable for their combination of functionality and good looks.
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Paperboard rounds serve refrigerated pancakes

Spotted at WestPack in September was a colorful round paperboard container that holds six ready-to-eat pancakes introduced earlier this year by Spartan Foods of America, Spartanburg, SC.
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Bug bomb blow up

It took 12 years, but the EPA finally issued a new rule on the labeling of aerosol foggers or "bug bombs." As of Oct. 1, the labels of total-release foggers must warn that they can cause a fire or explosion if used improperly.
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Drug packaging regs

Packaging for an approved new drug may be affected by FDA's proposed amendments to its new drug regulations. At issue is when any change to an approved new drug requires the filing of a supplemental new drug application (SNDA), when FDA prior approval is needed, and when a notice in an annual report is sufficient.
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Coca-Cola's barrier technology to double PET shelf life

Just as this issue was about to go to press, The Coca-Cola Company announced a stunning development, BESTPET(TM) (Barrier Enhanced Silica Treated polyethylene terephthalate).
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Canada chimes in on biotech labeling

Canada is among the latest countries to take action on labeling of genetically modified food products. In September, the Agriculture Ministry announced it is seeking to develop a voluntary labeling standard for these foods.
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New technology blocks light from Beck's Light beer

New glassmaking technology, patented in Europe by Nienburger Glas GmbH (Nienburg, Germany) adds an effective ultraviolet light barrier to clear glass bottles that are now being filled with Beck's Light.
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Irradiation petition

Twenty-eight food industry, academic and consumer groups signed onto a petition requesting that FDA approve the use of irradiation on a variety of ready-to-eat foods.
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Innovative paper packs recognized by 3M

Pizza Hut's "Better Box" carry-out package was the Pick of the Pack award winner in the 1999 3M Scotchban Innovation Awards program. Selected as the most innovative and environmentally responsible entry, the box is made of 150#-test B-flute corrugated.
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Albertson's endorses produce packing system

Boise, ID-based Albertson's has told its produce procurement managers to advise growers that it prefers the use of International Paper's (Purchase, NY) Defor(TM) corrugated packaging system for produce.
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Carlsberg's plastic beer bottle adds barrier

Just a few months after introducing a refillable beer bottle made of polyethylene naphthalate in Denmark (see Packaging World, Sept. '99, p. 10, or packworld.
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One label for surimi

After a year-long campaign by surimi makers, FDA will allow them to use a single label to describe the fish that may or may not be in surimi. Surimi (deboned fish washed with water) is often found in cold seafood salad and is used to make imitation crab, scallops and lobster.
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Packaging graphics reflect price points

When Delavan, WI-based Flotec redesigned the cartons for its sump, sewage, utility and water systems products, the company made a concerted effort to communicate more clearly with customers than it did with its old packages.

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