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Metric-only labeling delayed

A "significant breakthrough" has been reported in negotiations between the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Commission to delay implementation of Metric 2000, a European directive requiring metric-only labeling on products sold in Europe by the year 2000.
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New label takes bottle from nostalgic to novel

Briar's U.S.A., the South Brunswick, NJ-based maker of old-fashioned, alternative sodas, has given its 12-oz glass bottle a contemporary makeover with a label redesign.
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Sara Lee Tunes in to kid-sized products

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes cast has teamed up with Chicago-based Sara Lee in the packaging of Sara Lee Fresh Looney Tunes Jr.
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Country-of-origin labeling won't address food safety, Congress told

In response to a recent rash of foodborne illness, one of the issues being studied by a congressional committee are the merits of additional country-of-origin labeling on imported food products.
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Codex divided on biotech labeling

The Codex Committee on Food Labeling appears divided over which biotech food labeling recommendations to adopt. It is choosing whether to emulate the U.S.
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Brewers tap holographic effects

Two brewers are adding holographic effects to their packaging to entice consumers at retail: Miller Brewing, Milwaukee, WI, has redesigned its Magnum malt liquor to include a label with a psuedo-holographic look, and Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO, is launching a summer promotion for Coors Light that incorporates holographic packaging.
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PMMI expects really big show

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) says Pack Expo 98, November 8-12 in Chicago, will be a record setter. On April 30, exhibit space stood at 1걗꼬 net sq'.
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Brands 'Sing' with consistency

Tying in with recent graphic updates of Michelina's® and new Michelina's Lean 'n Tasty(TM) brands, redesigned packaging for Michelina's Yu Sing® entrees and egg rolls began reaching store freezers this April.
Sold to school foodservice programs in five states, these fresh apples in MAP pouches are a big hit with students
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Apple and tortilla packs break the foodservice routine

Fresh, sliced apples for school foodservice customers and tortillas for hotel and restaurant kitchens both come in packages that look like they were lifted from a retail setting.
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Streamlining handling headaches

Stainless-steel, reusable IBCs reduce drum handling/disposal problems for chemicals manufacturer Bush Boake Allen and a key customer.
New computer hardware and software helps Pharmacia & Upjohn coordinate product changeovers. This screen illustrates some of the
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Small changes deliver big-time for Pharmacia & Upjohn

Pharmaceutical firm saves $650ꯠ/yr at its Kalamazoo, MI, packaging facility by implementing simple, yet cost-effective quick-changeover procedures on 30 packaging lines.
Induction sealing is greatly improved at Algood since new equipment (below left) was installed. The PET containers filled at t
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Algood looks good with new sealers

Outdated induction sealing systems were driving production line workers nuts at this peanut butter manufacturer. New equipment reduces downtime, raises productivity.
The connector on this 7.5-L stand-up pouch functions as a closure in transit. When the pouch is placed in the dispenser, a nozz
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Dispensing with food quality concerns

Large, 7.5-L stand-up pouches for condiments rely on unique closures that help Van Dijk Food Products' Dutch foodservice customers meet HACCP quality standards.
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Are packagers ready to invest in metal's best and brightest?

Packaging managers looking for innovations can be forgiven for focusing most of their attention on the flexible packaging and rigid plastic container fields.
Film is advanced evenly through the automatic L-sealer by a powered unwind and a side chain gripper. Inset photo shows cartoned
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Video cassette packaging hits fast forward

Semi-automatic labeling, cartoning and shrink wrapping of video cassettes just couldn't keep pace with Provac's rapid growth. New equipment was the answer.

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