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Honors bestowed on tubes of the year

The Tube Council of North America (New York, NY) has announced its 1998 Tube of the Year winners. The 9th annual contest included more than 100 entries, a record number.
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Ground beef labeling

Packages of ground beef at two leading supermarket chains, Wegman's Food Markets of Rochester, NY, and Giant Food Inc. of metropolitan Washington, DC, now sport a bright, new red and yellow label advising consumers to cook the meat to a temperature of 160°F.
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FDA cuts deal on functional foods

After months of discussion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reached an agreement with Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Products to bring the company's cholesterol-reducing margarine, Benecol, to market as a conventional food rather than as a dietary supplement.
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New wine claims

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has approved two statements that winemakers can put on their labels touting the "health effects" of wine, after three years of lobbying by the wine industry.
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Polish consumers buy into convenience

When a Polish juice manufacturer was challenged by aseptic paper-packaged imports, it had to respond or risk losing market share.
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Heineken rolls out 'keg' can

Appearing on store shelves across the U.S. beginning in April is a promotional can from Heineken USA, White Plains, NY, in the shape of a keg. The can, first tested in the New York area late last year, is made in Europe by Crown Cork & Seal (Philadelphia, PA).
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Barrier bottles up oxygen

In October 1998, Burlington, WA-based Clearly Canadian unveiled its super-oxygenated bottled water, O+2. Available unflavored or in two flavored versions, O+2 is enhanced with up to 10 times the normal concentration of oxygen naturally found in water.
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Source-tagging benefits analyzed

Manufacturers and big-name retailers like Wal-Mart, Kmart and The Home Depot convened to discuss source tagging benefits at the twice-yearly Source Tagging Council meeting on January 7 and 8.
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Ben & Jerry's switches to unbleached board

Last month, Burlington, VT-based Ben & Jerry's introduced its World's Best Vanilla ice cream in a container made of solid unbleached sulphate paperboard.
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Listeria warnings?

A warning label on packaged deli meats and hot dogs indicating the products could contain the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria might be evaluated by the federal government.
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Coca-Cola taps PET to launch water

After months of speculation, water in plastic bottles from Atlanta, GA-based The Coca-Cola Co. is the real thing in the U.S. The pale blue-tinted polyethylene terephthalate bottles provide a distinctive appearance for Dasani, which the company expects to launch nationwide this spring.
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Holiday carrier sells for Zima

For a six-week period during the recent holiday season, consumers nationwide had the opportunity to purchase a six-pack of 12-oz glass-bottled Zima® in a stunning holographic paperboard carrier.
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Europe toughens packaging stance (sidebar)

Original standards never adopted
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interpack draws exhibitors

With four months left before the start of interpack 99, 2괟 exhibitors had registered for the show, scheduled May 6-12 at the fairgrounds in Dsseldorf, Germany.
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Midpak rolls into Minneapolis

More than 3귔 packaging and materials handling professionals and 425 booths covering 50ꯠ net sq'--that's Midpak '99, to be held May 5-6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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