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Award-winning tubes squeeze new graphics

Judges for the 1995 Tube of the Year Awards, sponsored by the New York based-Tube Council of North America, cited "increasingly bold and innovative use of graphics" as the common denominator of this year's entries.
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Do Germany's package restrictions restrict trade?

In what may be just one challenge to the European "Union" policy, the European Commission has formally charged that Germany's policy of requiring high percentages of refillable containers for beverages unlawfully restricts free trade.
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Heinz faces underweights

It started with a consumer complaint about an underweight plastic ketchup bottle in northern California. Officials there asked the Office of Weights and Measures at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to conduct a multi-state survey of Heinz ketchup.
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Unique dispenser brings strong sales for Wella-Germany

The aerosol dispensing head on Wella's restaged styling mousse looks unusual to say the least. But that's just fine with Wella. Since the Darmstadt, Germany, firm relaunched the mousse last June with the new look, the product has claimed the leadership position in its category.
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U.K. dairy tests Tetra Max

The Plastics Packaging Systems division of Tetra Pak Intl. (Lund, Sweden) was formed last September as part of Tetra's expansion beyond paper, where it has a huge global presence.
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Aseptic packaging matters.

Once maligned as an environmental hazard and even banned in Maine, aseptic packaging has now been recognized as earth-friendly, receiving the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development.
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Kraft rotor closure improves TE

Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, IL, has improved the tamper evidence of the rotor closure used on its parmesan cheese. The previous closure consisted of a one-piece injection-molded high-density polyethylene rotor atop an aluminum end.
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Grocery groups join lobbying efforts

In unity there is strength, particularly in lobbying. Two national grocery trade groups and several state food associations will join efforts to lobby on key federal and state issues affecting the food industry, many of which involve packaging.
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Decoration techniques unify Dial look

To impart an upscale look to its new Ultra Skin Care soaps, Phoenix-based Dial Corp. relies on printing and decorating technologies ranging from gravure-printed, film-laminated carton stock to hot foil stamping.
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EC loosens plastic food-contact rules

The European Commission (EC) agreed in principle to reduce the amount of toxicological testing required for plastics additives in food packaging. The reason?
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Chicken of the Sea passes muster

San Diego-based Van Camp Seafood's Chicken of The Sea® is believed to be the first tuna brand to be processed within a facility adhering to the federal government's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points program.
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Meat labeling

According to a recently-released USDA survey, over 92% of retail stores had the required Safe Food Handling Labels on meat and poultry products. Because such labels are mandatory, USDA failed a store if one item within one category was found to lack the appropriate label.
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Reg reform slows

With the presidential election beginning to loom large, Republicans find themselves in an awkward position on regulatory reform. A plank in the Contract with America and a top priority for the business community, including those who manufacture and use packaging, regulatory reform could threaten the government's ability to enforce environmental laws, according to EPA officials and others.
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Campbell puts V-8 in heat-set PET

Launched in January, Campbell Soup Co.'s new 46-oz heat-set bottle of polyethylene terephthalate for V-8 vegetable juice is said to be the only shelf-stable plastic container for a tomato-based beverage.
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True payback calculation isn't simple

The editors at Packaging World got a little lesson in computing machinery investment payback, thanks to Liz Hobbs, a reader and project engineer at Chattem Consumer Products, Chattanooga, TN.

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