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Soft drink crystals

Kraft Foods, Glenview, IL, has developed a new powdered soft drink called Health Quenchers. With additional ingredients meant to enhance a healthful lifestyle, Health Quenchers drink crystals hit retail shelves in April in a package designed by Lipson Alport Glass & Associates, (Northbrook, IL).
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Just "kidding" around

Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) opened up its doors last month to a few young and promising package designers. The international design consultancy welcomed 20 three- to five-year-old students from James E.
Motoman, Inc. (Dayton, OH) opened a full-service, 10,000 sq' regional facility in Charlotte, NC for sales service, application e
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Relocations, expansions

Sterling Packaging (Pittsburgh, PA) signed an order confirming its plan of reorganization. Plan includes the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment and SAP software.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Pakrite Inc. (Cleveland, OH) will join the Steel Service Center Institute DealRoom™, which is produced by e-commerce firm eWinWin (Hopewell, NJ).
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International agreements

Convenience Food Systems (Bakel, the Netherlands) has acquired Dixie Union (Kempten, Germany).
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Appointments, promotions

Alvey Systems, Inc. (St. Louis, MO): Douglas M. Westerman, dir., Central Region; Bruce Bleikamp, account mgr., Major Account Development; Steven Cohron, account mgr., Major Account Development; Hank Kirk, account mgr., Major Account Development.
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Keeping up with the competition

Icco Cheese Co. of Orangeburg, NY, makes grated cheese for sale under its Old World brand, and it also packs the Ronzoni and San Georgio brands for New World Pasta of Harrisburg, PA.
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Irradiated burgers welcomed

Introduced just in time for the grilling season, frozen hamburger patties from Huisken Meats, Chandler, MN, are a hit in the Upper Midwest.
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Hologram enhances Schick FxDiamond™ shaver

When the Schick/Wilkinson Sword Div. released the Schick FxDiamond™, a shaver with a diamond coating on the blades, it turned to Fisher Design (Cincinnati, OH) to create a package that’s as distinctive and “dazzling” as the product.
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Convenient dispenser for cotton swabs

An unusual dispensing package for 160-count cotton swabs has been a huge hit for Cotton Buds, Inc.
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E-commerce seminar analysis

Packagers, material suppliers and other firms addressed ‘Packaging for e-commerce direct-to-consumers’ at a June conference. Here’s an analysis from one of the conference's panel moderators.
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Aseptically filled soup is a first

France's Liebig breaks new ground with four ready-to-serve vegetable soups aseptically packaged in 1-L plastic bottles.
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'Selling' machine safety

Improving the safety of packaging equipment-and meeting the ANSI B155.1 standard-was the topic of a PMMI seminar July 11-12. 3M's John Hunt urged machine builders to use safety as a selling point.
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Cocktails reposition into ergonomic bottles

In mid-June, United Distillers & Vintners-Northeast relaunched T.G.I. Friday's™ cocktails in PET and glass bottles designed with an eye toward the ladies.
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Suiza dairy 'milks' squishy bottle

Country Fresh, a Suiza Foods dairy, debuts single-serve Milk-It! in injection blow-molded bottles designed for children. The bottles will also be used for other milks, and possibly for juice and water.

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