California has removed the sales tax from the rental of reusable pallets and containers in the agriculture industry, thereby granting reusables the same tax status as disposable pallets and corrugated boxes.
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As early as next month, the Uniform Code Council (Lawrenceville, NJ) will begin issuing variable-length UCC company prefixes for only UCC-12 identification numbers that begin with the numerals one, eight or nine.
To settle complaints brought by the Federal Trade Commission, two large manufacturers of sports nutrition supplements containing androstenedione, or andro, have agreed to include label warnings about harmful side effects.
France's leading trade show organizer, Exposium (Charlotte, NC), has announced that, for the first time, IPA 2000, theWorld Food Process Exhibition, will be held in conjunction with Emballage 2000, the 34th Intl.
The Wisconsin legislature is considering a measure that would require a minimum recycled content for plastic containers of 25%, to be phased in over four years, with 10% recycled content required by 2001, 20% by 2003 and 25% by 2005.
Fluidmaster's recent redesign of the blister package it uses for its flush valves resulted in a blister pack that's 20% to 30% more compact than the previous package, according to the San Juan Capistrano, CA-based company.
Among the first to use a newly developed synthetic wine cork called Neocork(TM) was Lane Tanner winery of Napa, CA. Lane Tanner, owner of the 14-year-old winery, says that her switch from organic to synthetic corks has greatly reduced the number of bottles in which wine has been spoiled by oxygen ingress.
By next spring, Quality Dairy Co. expects to be the first company to sell beverages in bottles equipped with an integral flexible straw that pops up and partially out of the bottle when its closure is removed.