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Clear Choice awards

The Glass Packaging Institute has announced a call for entries in the Clear Choice Awards program for the year 2000. Launched in 1989, the competition recognizes products that successfully make glass packaging an integral and effective part of their marketing mix.
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House may stymie ergonomics rule

OSHA’s proposed comprehensive ergonomics standard has the potential to impact every workplace.
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NAS report boosts biotech plants

In April, the National Academy of Sciences released an eagerly awaited report on bioengineered plants. It found no evidence “suggesting that foods on the market today are unsafe to eat as a result of genetic modification.” Furthermore, it found no “strict distinction between the health and environment risks” posed by genetically modified plants and those modified by conventional breeding practices.
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Pac-Ex, WestPack show dates change

Held every other year, the Packaging Assn. of Canada’s (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Pac-Ex packaging exhibition has historically been a September event.
Capability of low-acid aseptic dual-head poucher (far left) includes viscous products for a range of sizes (left), with a focus
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Amboy breaks new ground in smaller aseptic pouches

F/f/s machine enlarges Amboy Specialty Foods’ reach to pouches as small as 3 oz. Products represent the most viscous application of the supplier’s technology in the world.
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Amboy breaks new ground in smaller aseptic pouches (sidebar)

Low-acid pre-eminence
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HBA highlights beauty in the Big Apple

HBA Global Expo, June 20 to 22 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center, will inform and educate more than 12ꯠ cosmetics and personal care professionals with exhibits and conferences covering timely topics.
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Plastics to increase domination of cosmetics packaging

A new research report on the global packaging of cosmetics and toiletries sees strong worldwide growth for the category–and an even larger share for plastic containers.
A special pull-tab on the back of the blister permits easy opening with three-side perforating of the blister. The blister also
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BIC says 'opaa' to shaver packaging

Developed and molded in the U.S., new blister packs for premium disposable shavers are filled in Greece, then shipped back to the U.S. for marketing.
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BIC says 'opaa' to shaver packaging (sidebar)

Automated lines, mostly
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BIC says 'opaa' to shaver packaging (sidebar)

Two-pack, too
Two views of a blow-molding station show a finished amber container just before discharge (left) and a preform that's just enter
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New technology spurs Cremora launch in PET

An injection-molder occupies minimal floor space yet maximizes preform output, while a first-of-its-kind blow molder orients preforms in the mold.
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Packaging takes spotlight at NPE

From June 19 to 23, the National Plastics Exposition will occupy more than 1.1 million sq’ at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Packaging will be the focus for many of the more than 2ꯠ exhibitors.
A Friedman Bag employee checks a Green Giant press run for color quality (left). A filled bag (top right) shows off the product'
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Flexo press colors future for Friedman Bag

California film and bag maker/converter invests in its future with an eight-color central impression flexo press that expands its opportunities. Press helps Friedman Bag retain the business of Pillsbury spinoff Potandon Produce.
A worker at a Baxter Healthcare plant in Irvine, CA, seals sterile pouches with a band sealer. Close-up of the control panel (to
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Baxter Labs helps develop validatable pouch sealers

Spurred by ISO requirements, Baxter’s CardioVascular Group works with OEM to develop more consistent, validatable heat sealers for medical device pouches.

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