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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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USDA hints at scrapping prior label approval

The U.S. Deptartment of Agriculture may be moving toward turning over all labeling responsibilities to industry and ending its prior label approval program.
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AET Films unveils10-meter-wide line

In March, AET Films' Terre Haute, IN, plant started production on Tenter III, a 10-meter-wide cast film extrusion line that's capable of producing 50 million lb/yr of 10-m-wide, biaxially oriented polypropylene film.
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Drug labeling for the elderly

The Alliance for Aging Research, an umbrella organization for geriatrics-related study groups, has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services develop a list of medications that are "potentially inappropriate for use in older persons" and another "red alert" list of medications that rarely, if ever, should be used with the elderly.
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California container law expansion?

Bills to expand California's beverage container redemption value law are under consideration by committees in the state legislature. Expansion efforts are aimed at containers of other beverage types, such as teas, coffees, sports drinks and juices.
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Associations honor converters

Golden, CO-based Graphic Packaging Corp. won three Excellence Awards from the Paperboard Packaging Council (Alexandria, VA) for folding cartons, all made using the company's Composipac(TM) converting process.

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