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Maximizing its Orbitz

Orbitz, the new beverage that employs patent-pending "suspension technology" to keep "vegetable-based gel spheres" floating within it, hardly needs a fancy package to get attention.
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Natrel nets 30-day shelf life

A 30-day shelf life for fresh refrigerated milk?
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Munsterland likes 'green' package

Munsterland of Essen, Germany, announced on May 13 at interpack 96 that it was launching two premium margarine-like spreads, MM Extra and MM Super, in the Tetra Box from Filltech (Helsingborg, Sweden).
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Clear surgical glove pouch carves out high-end niche

At a time when most surgical glove pouches consist of paper webs that are cold-sealed together, ECI Medical Technologies is positioning its product at the high end by introducing gloves in a clear film pouch that's printed gravure in two colors.
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Brewers turn to PET bottles, wide-mouth cans

A six-month shelf life is claimed for amber 1-L bottles of polyethylene terephthalate holding dark beers produced and marketed by Canada's Algonquin Brewing Co., Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.
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Shrink graphics fire up hot sauce sales

Bold shrink band graphics that simulate molten lava erupting from 5 oz glass bottles of Little Freddy's Hot Lava hot sauce have spurred product sales by 15 to 20%.
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Delaney nearing revision

The longstanding battle to reform the decades-old Delaney Clause, which prohibits the use of any carcinogenic additive in processed food, is moving forward in Congress.
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Pfizer recalls shave gel due to poor can coating

Cans for Pfizer's PureSilk Shave Gel for women that have been sold since last October are now being recalled by the New York-based company, in conjunction with the U.S.
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California recycling target met

It appears that California's 25% recycling rate mandated by a 1995 rigid plastic container law has been met by the slimmest of margins, thereby letting packagers off the hook.
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Inverted margarine squeezes easy

Van den Bergh Foods, Lisle, IL, has introduced a truly user-friendly container for its Country Crock® and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter® squeezable margarine products.
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PEF honors Coca-Cola

Coke is it!
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New thermoform makes tuna salad easier

After a '90s makeover, Charlie the StarKist Tuna resurfaces on packages of a new product, Ready Mixed Tuna Salad & Crackers. The product is a more convenient form of the Lunch Kit that StarKist Seafoods, Newport, KY, has been marketing for about four years.
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FDA proposes additional warning on some OTC drug labels

The Food & Drug Administration wants an additional warning on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a common ingredient in weight control, cough-cold, allergy and nasal decongestant drugs.
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Net weight check

Eleven food industry groups have asked FDA to speed issuance of a "uniform, science-based standard" for verifying the net weight and quantity of packaged goods.
Though HDPE bottles (below left) served The Body Shop well for many years, the new look of PET (above) is viewed by the firm a
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No-label look hits PET bottles

For 17 years The Body Shop's hair, bath and fragrance products have been filled in HDPE bottles. Now PET is taking over, along with a disc-style closure and a no-label look.

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