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The entire soft drink industry is observing Southwest Coke1s  experience with returnable trays for 12-oz aluminum cans (left). T
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
Case sizes produced at the plant vary widely. The palletizer adjusts to a new case height automatically thanks to a photocell u
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
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The whole world in its hands

Affecting 146 markets globally, the new redesign of Diet Coke offers more than meets the American eye.
Preforms are transferred by their necks (above) in four lanes towards a heating oven
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
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Nestlé 'Flipz' for new bag

Nestlé Chocolate & Confections, a division of Glendale, CA-based Nestlé U.S.A., introduced Pretzel Flipz(TM) nationwide in August in the Stabilo Bag® from Rovema (Lawrenceville, GA).
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Modest gain in packaging machinery sales

The U.S. packaging machinery industry grew 1.1% in 1996, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's 3rd Annual Packaging Machinery Shipments and Outlook Study.
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Optical illusion helps cider stand out

Dazzling graphics on full shrink-sleeve labels are becoming the rule on bottles of New Age libations and some alcoholic beverages as well. Now from the U.K.
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RPPIto focus on membership services

Fostering efficient operations and growth within the rigid plastic packaging industry is the goal of the Rigid Plastic Packaging Institute's new strategic plan.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

Pack Expo West 97 and IEFP
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U.S. RECYCLING RATE LEVELS OFF

The nation's 1996 municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling rate of 27.3% represented an increase of only about one percent over the 1995 rate, according to The Waste Policy Center in Leesburg, VA.
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Domestic content

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed to allow a product or package to bear a "Made in the USA" label if its U.S. manufacturing costs accounted for at least 75% of total costs and if the product were assembled mostly in the U.S.
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Country of origin

Congress is getting into the act over whether or not to require country-of-origin labeling on packaging. Rep. Sonny Bono (R-CA) introduced a bill mandating country of origin labeling for produce at the retail level, while Sen.
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Breathable can for Gloria Jean's coffees

For gift packs, Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffees of Castroville, CA, has switched from steel cans containing 1.75 oz of ground coffee to 4-oz foil/paperboard canisters.
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Clean air conflicts

The Flexible Packaging Assn. (FPA) issued a statement in July expressing its disappointment with President Clinton's decision to endorse the proposed new standards for ozone and particulate matter.

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