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PMMI golf tourney scores big

Presented by Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Packaging World, The Freeman Cos., and Nordson Corp., the October 12 fundraising golf tournament in Henderson, NV, raised $50ꯠ for PMMI's Education & Training Foundation.
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Materials and container development lead outsourced functions

Development of packaging materials and containers and the graphics that go on them are the functions most often outsourced, say Packaging World readers. However, packaging machinery selection, packaging line design and integration all make the Top Ten.
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Flexibility, enhancing core competences are major drivers to outsourcing
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Blow-molding not just for bottles anymore

A pair of protective cushions extrusion/blow-molded from 100% recycled low-density polyethylene is saving Schaumburg, IL-based Motorola over $350ꯠ/yr in material costs alone.
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Three-pack carrier makes sampling simpler

A novel bottle carrier made of corrugated is helping First Coast Brewing of Wilmington, NC, entice first-time buyers to sample its craft-brewed beers.
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Pediatric labeling

FDA's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended that labels of OTC pediatric analgesic and antipyretic drugs could contain directions for children down to two months of age.
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Veryfine launches a 'Loud Mouth'

Looking to emulate a recent innovation popular in beer cans, Westford, MA-based Veryfine Products in September began shipping its 18 varieties of Veryfine and Chillers brands with a large-opening end (LOE).
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Reducing labeling errors

In an effort to reduce errors on food labels, the Food Safety and Inspection Service's Food Labeling Division (FLD) said all label-approval applications will be seen by two FLD reviewers instead of one.
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Paper packaging earns 3M's honors

For the fifth straight year at 3M's (St. Paul, MN) Scotchban(TM) Innovation Awards, converters, paper mills and packaged goods manufacturers were honored for the way their paper and paperboard materials showed innovation or sensitivity to environmental concerns.
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An easier Caesar

In 1994 Saco Foods of Middleton, WI, launched its Easy Caesar salad kit, consisting of croutons, grated cheese, and salad dressing each individually pouched and combined in a folding carton.
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Barrier technology impresses judges

The prestigious Diamond Award of the eleventh annual DuPont Awards went to Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). CPT was honored for the high-barrier 400-mL (13.524-oz) polyethylene terephthalate single-serve bottle it developed for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.
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Give Pepe a call

Pepe Lopez is all dressed up with plenty of places to go, thanks to a package redesign that Louisville-based Brown-Forman hopes will establish the brand as a "call" liquor.
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Polypropylene prices may fall

The prices that packaging manufacturers pay for polypropylene may fall as resin producers' aggressive expansions over the next three years are expected to outpace demand.
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'Suppliers must source tag!'

"Manufacturers who have vision are already source tagging. Now we must convince the rest of them that source tagging is in their best interest." Such was the message delivered by Enzo Cerra, senior vp of marketing for Largo, FL-based Eckerd Corp., to packagers, manufacturers and retailers at a recent meeting of the RF Users Group in Chicago last month.
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FMI endorses OTC changes

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) supports FDA's proposed regulation to establish a standardized labeling format for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. But in comments to FDA, the trade group asked for national uniformity in requirements for OTC drug product labeling.

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