Dr. Ramani Narayan demonstrates a bag made with soy-based, compostable film
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Breakdown breakthrough?

Compostable films made with soy proteins are now technically viable according to new research from Michigan State University. Next up: overcoming scale and cost hurdles.
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What packagers want in turnkey projects (sidebar)

Outsourcing not always 'in'
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What packagers want in turnkey projects

Exclusive survey of medium to large manufacturers reveals the services they want-and need. Documentation, engineering design and electrical engineering are the main areas of assistance required.
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Emballage celebrates its golden anniversary

The November 16-20 show in Paris is expected to attract 2귔 exhibitors and 105ꯠ visitors. U.S. firms are among the foreign exhibitors making a strong showing.
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Anheuser-Busch tests PEN bottle to answer some market questions

The first commercial market appearance of a polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) homopolymer bottle in the United States occurred earlier this summer in New York City and on New York's Long Island.
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Fire at beverage can plant

Schmalbach-Lubeca suffered a July 26 fire at its beverage can plant in the German district of Bad Durkheim near Mannheim. The company indicated it would be able to almost fully offset the temporary production loss by drawing upon stocks and shifting production to other locations.
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Packaging machinery shipments up

U.S. shipments of packaging machinery increased by 8.1% in 1997 to an estimated $4.347 billion, according to the fourth annual Packaging Machinery Shipments & Outlook Study from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Famous brand now seen in a new light

Having recently acquired the license to the Westinghouse brand name in the light bulb business, Philadelphia-based Angelo Bros. turned to Deskey Assoc.
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'Benefits' label for beer?

The beer industry may seek government permission to include a benefits statement, as well as the mandatory warning, on beer labels. According to Craig Purser, director of industry affairs for the National Beer Wholesalers Assn., brewers are waiting to see if the wine industry wins approval of its request for a benefits statement.
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Packages for non-carbonated beverages

Packagers of juices, sports drinks, ready-to-drink teas and new-age beverages have dramatically increased their use of plastic in the last six years, primarily at the expense of glass and cans.
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Nu Skin's second skin

Direct sales company Nu Skin Intl.'s Hair Fitness(TM) line of 11 haircare products uses arresting packaging that stands up to the competition.
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Clarification

In our story "Quaker makes waves in cereal market" (see PW, June '98, p. 41), we reported that the contract packer used a Laudenberg machine to make, fill and seal Quaker Oats' 100% Natural Granola cereal in stand-up, resealable pouches.
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Poultry labeling

USDA has expanded its so-called "70-30 rule" for meat labeling to apply to poultry, as well. That means no label changes are necessary when two types of poultry ingredients are present in processed foods in slightly varying amounts.
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Spirited package

Introduced in late '97, new Aromatherapy Healing Spirits cologne spray is packaged in a unique secondary package designed to correspond with the "mood elevation" theme of the product.
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HACCP is for safety, not quality

In our recent story on Van Dijk Food Products' use of a stand-up pouch in a special foodservice dispenser to meet HACCP food safety programs (see PW, July '98, p.

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