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Buying plans strong for '99

Purchasing plans for packaging machinery will outpace inflation in '99, says a survey conducted for PMMI. Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage businesses see biggest gains, while three industries expect declines.
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Tea labels push process printing

Six-color process printing results in deeper colors, higher resolution and more press efficiencies for Hansen's new line of ready-to-drink teas.
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Alcoholic beverage packaging ban stuns

A new proposal to limit packaging options staggers industry. Agency would ban alcohol in packages that could lure underage drinkers.
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Bat-shaped bottle hits test markets

National Beverage Corp. is stepping to the plate with a sports drink that it hopes will drive up sales the way baseball sluggers drive in runs. In April, the Fort Lauderdale, FL-based company began test marketing Louisville Slugger Sports Drink®, a 20-oz beverage sold in four "Power ized®" flavors.
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A kinder, gentler FDA?

FDA needs to revise its constricted approval process to provide "an efficient, effective and timely process for dealing with health claims for foods and beverages," GMA told the agency in comments on the FDA Modernization Act of 1997, adding that the First Amendment prohibits FDA from acting as a "national censor." Both GMA and NFPA urged the agency to be more flexible in accepting authoritative statements to support health claims by a wider group of "federal scientific bodies." Currently, only two groups can make authoritative statements: a federal government scientific body with responsibility for public health protection or research directly related to nutrition (such as the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or the National Academy of Sciences and its subdivisions.
Vividly decorated three-dimensional comp boxes for computer games such as these have helped Eidos sway retail buyers to stock th
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Eidos plays no games in making package comps

Colorful game box comps produced digitally help Eidos Interactive sell computer games to retail buyers before boxes are created for production.
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Canandaigua touts dual-spout box

Consumers can now serve both a white and blush wine from the same package thanks to "Party in a Box," currently being test-marketed by Canandaigua Wine Co.
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Sunscreen labeling changes

New regulations on sun protection products are designed to better inform consumers. The regulations call for uniform, streamlined labeling on all OTC sunscreen products, including sunscreen-cosmetic combinations.
Formed beef patties are automatically dropped into formed trays by a retractable conveyor system
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Migros 'MAPS' out a meat strategy

The Migros chain of supermarkets in Switzerland relies on barrier materials and centralized, modified-atmosphere packaging for its case-ready fresh ground beef.
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Adidas runs with new printers

Unhappy with the speed of its previous shipping case printers, Portland, OR-based Adidas America replaced the equipment with 38 new 9840 printers from Monarch Marking Systems (Miamisburg, OH).
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Brits debate genetic food labeling

The controversy between the U.S. and Europe over whether or not genetically altered foods should be so labeled heated up recently when the British Medical Assn.
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Luxurious look for premium products

A new line of Log Cabin syrups and pancake mixes fills a gap in the marketplace between mainstream brands and high-priced specialty brands, says Ed Yuhas, director of con-sumer marketing for Aurora Foods, Columbus, OH.
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Show me the symbol

USDA has received more than 700 responses from consumers demanding that irradiated ground beef be clearly labeled so consumers know what they're buying.
Ranpak uses virtual reality modeling to demo its protective packaging equipment
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Site answers food label approval questions

Food packagers seeking guidance on obtaining approvals from USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) may want to visit Prime Label Consultants' (Washington, DC) site at www.primelabel.com.
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Software awards compute well

Packages for driving and flying software win recognition in the third-annual Software Package Awards presented by the Software & Information Industry Assn.

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