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Supply geography leads A-B to Mexican bottles

In an exchange that may be more smoke than fire, officials of the Glass Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Intl. Union (GMP) have protested Anheuser-Busch's decision to purchase glass beer bottles from the Mexicali, Mexico, plant of Anchor Glass Container Corp., a unit of Consumers Packaging (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).
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Coors kicks off season with football bottle

Coinciding with the start of the National Football League season last month, Golden, CO-based Coors Brewing issued a limited-edition "Pigskin" bottle debossed with leather-like grain, dimples and stitching found on real footballs.
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Eight O'Clock tests canisters in supermarkets

Montvale, NJ-based coffee marketer Eight O'Clock Coffee is testing a composite foil/paperboard canister in New York City supermarkets for two flavors of Great Coffees of the World.
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Contract Packagers Assn. changes name

The Contract Packagers Assn. announces that it will now be known as The Contract Packaging Assn. The new name denotes that the association represents not only contract packagers, but those organizations connected with contract packaging in general.
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CMM to feature CtP technology

CMM International, produced and managed by Miller Freeman, Inc. (New York, NY), has announced a special Computer to Plate Technology Center to be unveiled at the 1999 event in Chicago, April 12-15.
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AET rejects Huntman proposal

Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc. announced Aug. 14 that its Board of Directors had unanimously rejected the unsolicited and conditional proposal of Huntsman Packaging Corp.
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Irradiation update

On August 17, FDA modified its labeling requirements for irradiated foods, eliminating the requirement that the irradiation disclosure be displayed prominently.
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Fresh graphics for U.K. water bottler

Applied ceramic labeling has revitalized the 250- and 750-ml fluted white flint glass containers of natural mineral water from Decantae Mineral Water Ltd.
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Quaker, Graham announce plant-within-a-plant

Chicago-based Quaker Oats and Graham Packaging of York, PA, have announced plans to establish a plant-within-a-plant to blow mold hot-fillable polyethylene terephthalate bottles for Gatorade® Thirst Quencher.
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Spam wears two-pc container well

In July '98, Austin, MN-based Hormel Foods began a transition from three-piece to two-piece aluminum cans for its well-known SPAM® line. Hormel's aluminum can and end supplier, Crown Cork & Seal (Philadelphia, PA), began production on an easy-open (EZO) two-piece drawn-and-ironed can for 12-oz sizes; a 7-oz two-piece can will be in production soon, according to Phillip Minerich, research scientist at Hormel.
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FDA sued over bio-tech labeling

Two advocacy groups have sued the FDA, charging the agency's testing and labeling policies for genetically engineered foods violate its statutory mandate to protect public health.
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Bottled water labeling?

Americans are drinking more bottled water, many believing it to be more healthful, but they may be missing out on the fluoride needed to combat tooth decay, warns the Chicago Dental Society.
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Meat regs questioned

Requiring all beef and lamb sold in the U.S. be labeled "U.S.", "Imported", or "Blended with Imported" as mandated in the 1998 Agriculture Appropriations bill pending in Congress would cost the government $60 million to enforce and could hurt U.S.
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Kraft matches cottage cheese and fruit

A thermoformed dual-compartment polystyrene container is being used by Kraft Foods for its new Cottage Doubles(TM) product. Available in refrigerated sections of supermarkets and Wal-Mart stores since June, Doubles are sold nationwide in three 5.5-oz varieties.
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GPI names 12 Clear Choice winners

The Glass Packaging Institute (Washington, DC) named 12 Clear Choice Award Winners for 1998. New in '98 is the Glass Classics category, intended to highlight the competition's 10th anniversary, and the winner was Canandaigua Wine Co.

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