Internet portalmania for vertical markets has become the rage, and packaging is no exception. (A vertical portal is a site thats designed to be an independent information source with information on multiple suppliers in a given field or industry.) At last count, there were no less than three big contenders for the packaging portal throne: the Packexpo.com (www.packexpo.
Citing “growing consumer and retailer demand” as its motivation, Milwaukee-based Miller Brewing Co. has announced the nationwide rollout of its plastic barrier bottles for Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite and Icehouse brands in both 16- and 20-oz sizes.
The OMAC Motion for Packaging Working Group met in Chicago in March to hammer out an official mission and articulate four key goals for the group. The OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) working group consists of end-users, packaging machinery builders and controls suppliers seeking to increase commonality and simplification among todays complex motion controls in packaging machinery.
Bottles of Clearly Canadian® flavored sparkling water donned full-body shrink sleeves last month in an attempt to grab consumer attention. Clearly Canadian swapped its trademark 11-oz, ACL-decorated blue bottle for a taller, sleeker 14-oz clear glass version with a colorful shrink sleeve.
In a move designed to foster stronger cross-border ties, the American Plastics Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Assn. have announced that they have forged an alliance designed to enhance the relationship between the two organizations.