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9;belies the complexity behind each country?s requi
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Grappling with eco-fees

Packagers shipping abroad can't afford to leave data reporting requirements and fee liabilities out of package design decisions.
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
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ASTM sponsors contest

The American Society for Testing and Materials is sponsoring an "Impact of Standards" contest. ASTM seeks case studies that document how ASTM standards have had an impact on the lives of consumers or on a company, industry or government agency.
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Report on high-performance films

Available from Frost & Sullivan (Mountain View, CA) is "World High-Performance Film Market." It provides market forecasts for the period from 1993 to 2003 with 1996 as the base year.
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A category by any other name.

How does a company call attention to a market segment that doesn't want much attention?
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Packaging potatoes for consumer convenience

Add sliced potatoes to the growing list of branded, prepared produce packaged in flexible films for refrigerated display in the supermarket. Launched in the first week of January were four varieties of Fresh From The Start® potatoes from 50/50 partners Maine Packing of Caribou, ME, and Fresh From The Start LLC of Riverhead, NY.
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Twister takes a whole new shape

For its Twister brand juice beverage, Tropicana North America has launched a 1.75-L (59.3-oz) heat-set bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate that the Bradenton, FL, firm describes as "the first heat-set, hot-filled (180°+) rectangular PET bottle" for a juice beverage in the U.S.
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PMMI foundation adds partnership schools

The Education & Training Foundation of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has added two schools to its Education Partnership Program: Alexandria Technical College of Alexandria, MN, and The Oswego County Board of Cooperative Education Services of Mexico, NY.
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Cudahy takes bacon out of the fridge

Patrick Cudahy Inc. of Cudahy, WI, is probably the first to package precooked sliced bacon for display outside of the refrigerated deli case. "Shelf-stable packaging opens up more opportunities," says Cudahy marketer Jason Kapella.
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Readers write back

Recent Packaging World stories-on outsourcing, reader salaries, increased USDA/FDA scrutiny, and Arizona Beverages' uniquely shaped 'can'-spur readers to comment.
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Shaped cans south of the border

"I have seen shaped cans from Europe and I have never seen anything like this." That's what Lawrence Boro, marketing manager for privately held Grupo Jumex, Xalostoc, near Mexico City, Mexico, says about the company's newest shaped steel three-piece can.
An improved bag for Manzate Fungicide (top) increases  productivity by 25%. GardenTech Singles (above) were developed with custo
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Agricultural winners at FPA

Two innovative flexible packages merit an 'A' for Agricultural.
Because Bass?s plastic beer bottle (left) holds 330 cL, it compares favorably with the U.K.?s standard half-pint glass bottle (r
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Bass is bullish on beer in plastic (sidebar)

Dando at Nova-Pack '98
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Labeling uniformity

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) is crafting a message it plans to take to Capitol Hill renewing its call for uniform national food labeling standards.
The 14-head scale system1s (top) accuracy helps Basic American Foods reduce product giveaway. While bags (inset) are marketed fo
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Foodservice bag displays retail points

Basic American Foods launches a first-of-its-kind bag for dehydrated potatoes sold to foodservice markets. Pointillistic graphics attract customers while the bag reduces secondary packaging.

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