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Packager survey: details & prices, yes; e-commerce, no

Buying machinery or materials over the Internet is among the least important things packaging end users seek on packaging vendors’ Web sites, an exclusive Packaging World survey says.
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Two end-user executive committee members are Daniel J. Amundson, technology leader, corporate engineering technologies at Procte
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Progress on standards

On a gray day in mid-March, engineers from eight packaging end users, 21 machinery builders and 12 controls suppliers filed into a conference room in a downtown Chicago skyscraper.
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German brewer second to launch in 'Glaskin'

The second brewery to announce a launch of beer in a Tetra Pak (Geneva, Switzerland) Glaskin™ plastic bottle is Bitburger of Bitburg, Germany. The Bitburger 38 Bigneck is scheduled to reach as many as 10ꯠ Lekkerland/Tobaccoland gas station outlets throughout Germany beginning this month.
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Switch to PET

Nutrition supplement marketer Natrol of Chatsworth, CA, gained numerous benefits last fall when it eliminated containers made of glass, high-density polyethylene or polystyrene in favor of polyethylene terephthalate.
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Tradewinds 12-pack

Customers at a major national retailer will soon have the option of buying 16-oz bottles of Tradewinds kettle-brewed teas multipacked in an unusual 12-bottle case.
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Euro-chic graphics

Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp. introduces Tré Limone, a more refined, Euro-centric sister beverage to Clearly Canadian.
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Wal-Mart's focus on 'good customers'

Source tagging of packages with anti-theft devices allows retailers like Wal-Mart to focus on “good customers” rather than worry about shoplifters.
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IMPEPA forms consortium

The Intl. Molded Pulp Environmental Packaging Assn. has announced the formation of a consortium of molded-pulp product producers, users and machinery manufacturers to conduct research on the properties and behavior of molded pulp as a protective packaging material.
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Carton graphics provide relief

Marketers at the Mentholatum Co. ached for a way to vividly show consumers how to use three new varieties of Migraine Ice cooling headache pads. They found relief in a colorful paperboard carton that uses a substantial portion of its front panel to show a consumer finding fast pain relief by applying a pad to his or her forehead, temple or neck.
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Label spouts off about oil can

Last month, WD-40 began selling its 3-IN-ONE® oil in a new, yet nostalgic-looking oil can package that’s decorated with a functional shrink-sleeve label.
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PP ampules are sticklers for safety

Polypropylene containers from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Wayne, PA, help reduce the risk of inadvertent needle pricks for healthcare professionals injecting local anaesthetics.
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Coke promotion 'pops' off

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. is starting off summer 2000 with a ‘pop.’ In a unique promotion aimed at the consumer’s need for instant gratification, Coke will be giving away millions of dollars that can be retrieved simply by popping off the fake top of special cans.
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USDA proposes organic standards

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) issued its long-awaited proposal for national standards on organic foods on March 7. Outlawed for foods bearing the “organic” label are use of genetic engineering, sewage sludge, irradiation and antibiotics in organic livestock production.

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