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Price hikes pinch beer margins

Brewers are taking it on the chin as much as anyone when it comes to rising packaging costs, forcing them, and wholesalers, to find new ways to reduce operating and production costs and increase volumes and prices.
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A wedge up on the competition

Cheesy packaging is not necessarily a bad thing. Just ask Jan Berger, president of Chicago-based Turtle Island, Inc., marketer of Just for Joy(TM) cheese-based gourmet soups.
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BST labeling law survives

Container size is not the only issue over which dairies must grapple between state and federal regulations. In the ongoing BST label law battle in Vermont, both a federal judge and the Court of Appeals rejected an industry motion for an injunction, pending appeal of the law.
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DSD report generates U.S. objections

A recent report published by Duales System Deutschland, the German organization charged with collecting recyclable packaging, has generated strong protests from U.S.
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Motts, Welch's open fresh prospects

Stamford, CT-based Motts USA and Concord, MA-based Welch's are hoping that their new juice concentrate products won't be making a splash with consumers.
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Sliced apples get the value-added treatment

Peeled, cored and sliced, fresh Granny Smith apples have joined the growing list of value-added fresh produce items available to consumers at retail.
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Debunking more myths

The popular notion that the nation's solid waste stream is larded with disposable cups, plates, wraps and other foodservice packaging products took another hit in a new study by Franklin Associates, Ltd., a solid waste research group, for the Foodservice & Packaging Institute (FPI).
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BenGay gets a whole new look

New York-based Pfizer, Inc. received a commendation from the Arthritis Foundation for its redesigned package for BenGay®. The commendation came largely on the strength of the injection-molded poly-propylene flip-style dispensing closure, which has a peripheral latch sealing system that reduces the amount of force needed by the consumer during opening and closing.
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Regulatory reform still contentious

After several months of relative inactivity during the summer break, the struggle to get a regulatory reform bill through the Senate continues, although it's likely to take a back seat to appropriations and welfare reform.
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P&G calls consumer attention to counterfeits

With more than 300 product brands, Procter & Gamble has had to take legal action over a dozen times in the past couple of years against those who would sell product in similar packaging, hoping to cash in on P&G's wealth of brand equity.
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Pack size restrictions dropped

Thanks to a change in the uniform weights and measures regulations for dairy products, processors have new opportunities for marketing their products.
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Labeler helps juice marketer expand

Downeast Sunsprouts, Inc., a small family-run health food business, must be able to put out 10ꯠ bottles of its 100% fresh-squeezed fruit juice per day to keep up with growing demand for its product in its expanding New England market.
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Schlage revamps retail packs

Following the recent lead of several door lock hardware makers, San Francisco-based Schlage Lock Co. has updated the look of its residential door hardware line.
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Winners cited by Glass Packaging Institute

An amber soft drink bottle and wide-mouth salsa container earned top honors from the Glass Packaging Institute (Washington, DC) in the seventh annual Clear Choice Awards.
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Glass jar reflects sauce's uniqueness

Through a recent licensing agreement with Barilla S.p.A of Italy, Camden, NJ-based Campbell Soup Co. has begun manufacturing and marketing the Barilla line of pasta sauces, said to be Italy's number one pasta sauce.

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