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Pack Expo 98 selected for International Buyer program

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has selected Pack Expo 98 to participate in the International Buyer Program. This marks the fourth consecutive Pack Expo to participate in the program.
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Breakthrough in certification of compostables

In a memorandum of understanding with the Intl. Biodegradable Products Mfrs. Assn. (IBPMA) and the IBAW (a German interest group for degradables), the certification organizations AIB-Vincotte (Brussels) and DIN-Certco (Berlin) have agreed to harmonize their certification schemes for compostable products.
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Women in Packaging to visit China

Women in Packaging has been selected to assemble a delegation of packaging professionals to visit China beginning April 24, 1998. For more information, send a fax to 770/928-2338.
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World packaging conference

The World Packaging Organisation and the Assn. Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje are producing the first global conference on packaging and world food security this March 20 in conjunction with the WPO's annual WorldStar Awards presentation and celebration.
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PMMI to co-organize interpack 99 pavilion

At interpack 99, the North American Pavilion will be organized by Dusseldorf Trade Shows and co-organized by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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New USDA produce seal

USDA has initiated a voluntary pilot program under which fresh-cut produce plants can qualify to put USDA "Qualified Through Verification" seals on their packaging.
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Suiza to acquire Continental Can

Dallas-based Suiza Foods, a mid-sized dairy and owner of blow molder Franklin Plastics in Franklin, MA, surprised industry observers by moving to acquire Continental Can Co.
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Candy with a twist appeals to kids

Come up with a candy package that will appeal to children. That was the challenge issued to the European Consumer Products Div. of Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
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Danone launches biodegradable 'Eco Cup'

A biodegradable single-serve yogurt cup with heat-sealed foil lid appeared on store shelves in Germany last month as Munich-based Danone GmbH Deutschland relaunched its nine-flavor Jahreszeit line in a cup thermoformed from polylactic acid (PLA) resin.
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Lucky in cans

A spin-off from Lucky(TM) Brand Dungarees, Lucky Brand Fragrances started reaching store shelves in October. The line uses unusual secondary packaging, spiral-wound composite cans, to carry through brand image.
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Orville Redenbacher, Frito-Lay debut zippered, resealable packs

Orville Redenbacher has entered the ready-to-eat market segment with two flavors of Orville's Gourmet® Popcorn Clusters that stand tall in a stand-up reclosable zipper pouch.
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Clarification

In describing the new Spiderwire flexible pouch packages last month (see PW, January '98, p. 4), we inadvertently credited the wrong vendor.
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Bottled water taps Kidz' market

In recent years, bottled water has made quite a splash with adults. Now Hinckley & Schmitt Bottled Water Co. of Chicago is aiming at kids with Kidz Water(TM), a fluoridated bottled drinking water.
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Two new lines for Pepsi bottler

Bottlers of Pepsi Cola in Venezuela, Sopresa (Polar Group) will install two complete filling and packaging lines for returnable glass into a brand new factory in Maracaibo.
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Smirnoff 1.75 L relaunched in proprietary PET

Hoping to boost sales, United Distillers and Vintners, Hartford, CT, has relaunched its Smirnoff premium vodka in a proprietary 1.75-L polyethylene terephthalate package whose rollout was to be completed this month.

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