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INDUSTRY INDICATORS--The Flexible Packaging Assn. is reporting an 11.1% rise in the dollar value of new orders in the first quarter 1996. Meanwhile, according to data compiled by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, packaging machinery shipments grew about 11% in 1995, reaching an estimated $3.82 billion.
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Casual tamperers tempted no more

An unlikely "marketer"--the State of Maryland--has taken steps to discourage casual tampering of crab meat packed in containers with snap-on lids. Seems that even the best-behaved supermarket shopper will occasionally sneek a peek, whiff or even a bite of that luscious but expensive fresh crab meat.
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Break/peel/push blister security

A unique break/peel/push blister pack devised by Chicago-based G.D. Searle provides a heightened degree of child-resistance for its Covera-HS prescription medication, launched in June.
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Frozen--and functional--Paradise

Frozen Paradise Drinks(TM), Seagram Beverage Co.'s late entry to the successful premixed, shelf-stable frozen drink category, may prove that good things happen to those who wait.
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Pack Expo eye-openers scheduled

Attendees at Pack Expo 96 can pick up unique insights on future packaging challenges by attending three Eye-Opener Breakfast Sessions. All three sessions will run from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
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Standardizing health care bar codes

Bowing to increasing demands from its customers, the health care products industry is accelerating the pace and standardizing the use of universal product numbers (UPNs) for bar code markings incorporated into product packaging.
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EPA Makes concessionsin paper packaging guides

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a number of industry complaints to heart in finalizing the first revisions to the agency's paper products Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN), first published in 1988.
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'No-CFC' labels permitted for aerosols

The Consumer Aerosol Products Council (CAPCO) is on a mission: dispel the myth that ozone-depleting chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) are still used in aerosol cans.
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Take-back laws as a revenue stream?

Unlike Europe, where the issue of solid waste focuses almost entirely on packaging, the U.S. looks at the total waste stream, said J. Winston Porter, president of The Waste Policy Center and former EPA official.
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FDA proposes dating for condom packs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed that manufacturers put expiration dates on packages of condoms. U.S.-made products typically carry "when manufactured" dates, but they are not required by federal law.
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Reason finally overtakes Delaney

With great political fanfare, President Bill Clinton signed pesticide reform legislation in late July establishing a single health-based standard for both raw and processed foods.
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Drop-in replacement film cuts costs

President Baking Co., Atlanta, GA, saved 10% in material costs by making a switch in films for its Famous Amos® brand cookies in a 16-oz bag-in-box package.
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Mixing into the marketplace

Originally a producer of iced tea concentrate for foodservice, Beach Brew Beverage Co.'s first retail introduction comes in an attention-getting package: a die-cut pouch resembling a pitcher and containing a liquid iced tea concentrate.
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New grips and a Clear Choice Award

Neither a sports drink nor an iced tea, Talking Rain Beverage Co.'s new Ice(TM) Flavored Water began appearing on store shelves this June in a custom-designed 24-oz bottle known as "The Grip." "It took two years to design this bottle," says John Stevens, founder of the Preston, WA-based company.
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Toothpaste in a pouch

Thanks to their minimal environmental impact compared to rigid containers, flexible pouches have made steady inroads in one product category after another.

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