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All need to find time for training

The two-part training certification and accreditation program announced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) sounds like a strong plan that could pay big dividends to packaging operations in the years ahead (see p.
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Wine bottles go 'green' for Europe

Citing European preference for “green” packaging, and to satisfy local regulatory prohibitions, Canandaigua Brands, Fairport, NY, has switched wine capsules on bottles it ships to Europe.
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Cash pops out of Aussie cans

The expression “show me the money” has taken a beverage twist Down Under. That’s where United Distillers & Vintners, part of London, England-based Diageo, has stashed real cash inside select cans of Bundaberg’s Rum & Cola.
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Textured finish is a first

In launching a new beer called Swan Mid, brand manager Brenton Foster of Australia's Swan Brewery wanted a package that would stand out from other beer products.
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Study on foodservice packaging

The Foodservice & Packaging Institute has released a new market data study on disposable foodservice packaging products, including beverage cups, food containers, dinnerware, bags, wraps and plastic cutlery.
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Call for entries

DuPont has announced the call for entries in the Fourteenth DuPont Awards for Innovation in Packaging. Deadline for entries is January 5, 2001. Judges will be looking for innovations that offer a breadth of application for today and the future, significant industry and consumer impact, and a strong degree of innovation.
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Box 'Aces' apple maker's test

This year, the Ace Apple Co. ordered 30ꯠ interlocking, “shelf-ready” corrugated cases to pack its apples, tripling last year’s order. The apple grower reports the increased use of the box, as an alternative to a more traditional corrugated case, stems from the enthusiasm of retailers, primarily supermarkets.
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Castrol bottle gives consumers a hand

Easy pouring and convenient carrying were the key objectives behind a recent package redesign for Castrol in Australia. Extrusion blown of high-density polyethylene like its predecessor, the container costs about 8% more than the bottle it replaces.
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Plastics to expand through 2002

Although a lack of automation is hindering growth in productivity in the plastics industry, U.S. shipments of plastic products are expected to reach a record $145 billion by 2002.
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High-slip film improves operations

It’s been nearly seven years since Fritz-Pak Corp. began using water-soluble film for its bags of powdered concrete retarder. Concrete truck operators toss the bags into the mixer to keep the concrete from setting too fast.
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Warning on antibacterials labels

FDA has proposed that labels of antibacterials bear a warning that overuse will undercut their effectiveness.
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Recall boosts biotech opponents

The discovery of genetically engineered corn not approved for human consumption in Taco Bell taco shells has given new fodder to opponents of biotech foods.
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Sour sugar reaction

The food industry strongly objects to a petition by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) that FDA require the addition of “added sugars” to the nutrition label.
Optima (Schw?bisch Hall, Germany) has opened a new building and associated central administration offices in Vinhedo, Brazil.
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Relocations, expansions

The Kennedy Group (Willoughby, OH) has moved into a new 80ꯠ sq’ facility, located on a 26-acre campus at 38601 Kennedy Parkway, Willoughby, OH 44094; phone: 440/951-7660, fax: 440/951-3253.
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International agreements

Huhtamaki Van Leer (Espoo, Finland) has signed a letter of intent for the acquisition of Packaging Resources Inc. (Lake Forest, IL).

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