Schmalbach-Lubeca suffered a July 26 fire at its beverage can plant in the German district of Bad Durkheim near Mannheim. The company indicated it would be able to almost fully offset the temporary production loss by drawing upon stocks and shifting production to other locations.
U.S. shipments of packaging machinery increased by 8.1% in 1997 to an estimated $4.347 billion, according to the fourth annual Packaging Machinery Shipments & Outlook Study from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
The beer industry may seek government permission to include a benefits statement, as well as the mandatory warning, on beer labels. According to Craig Purser, director of industry affairs for the National Beer Wholesalers Assn., brewers are waiting to see if the wine industry wins approval of its request for a benefits statement.
In our story "Quaker makes waves in cereal market" (see PW, June '98, p. 41), we reported that the contract packer used a Laudenberg machine to make, fill and seal Quaker Oats' 100% Natural Granola cereal in stand-up, resealable pouches.
USDA has expanded its so-called "70-30 rule" for meat labeling to apply to poultry, as well. That means no label changes are necessary when two types of poultry ingredients are present in processed foods in slightly varying amounts.
In March, AET Films' Terre Haute, IN, plant started production on Tenter III, a 10-meter-wide cast film extrusion line that's capable of producing 50 million lb/yr of 10-m-wide, biaxially oriented polypropylene film.