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Watson Label Products, a St. Louis firm that specializes in printed bar-code labels, recently purchased its second Omnius(TM) press from Indigo America (Woburn, MA).
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A plastic shutter enters the shrink wrapper, passing beneath the forming plow that wraps the film around and underneath. At the
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Wrapping up changeover

Design House's new shrink wrapping line handles packages in various lengths without the need for changeover.
While these former PP bottles (above) earned recognition from NACD last year, they didn1t provide the clarity that the new PET v
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Bottle drinks from the stream of technology

American Beverage Marketers warm-fills its Finest Call cocktail mixes into new PET bottles, then injects liquid nitrogen. The LN2 prevents bottle paneling and helps to extend shelf life. The PET bottle replaces PP, providing greater clarity and appeal for the product's introduction to the retail market.
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The food industry got half a loaf when Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act last year. The act required the Food & Drug Administration to establish national uniform tolerance standards for pesticides as a residual additive in processed foods.
Sold in 539 Migros supermarkets in Switzerland, Sports+Fit isotonic drink comes in a bottle made of a low-NDC-level PET copolyme
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers

Superior thermal properties, chemical resistance, and high barrier to oxygen transmission have made PEN and other naphthalate-based materials irresistable for a hot-filled isotonic drink and for citrus juices.
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Net weight reality check

In an effort to give consumers more accurate information on the actual amount of food in a package, FDA is revising its regulations on net-weight contents declarations on food labels.
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Gardeners get a friendlier fertilizer pack

"Now it's just shake and go." That's how Greg Moore of Agway, Inc., describes how much easier it is for home gardeners to dispense Agway's eight specialty fertilizers since the Syracuse, NY, firm switched from a bag-in-box approach to a rigid container with dispensing closure.
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Encyclopedia updates packaging technology

"Ten years agoo/ooservo drives were for airplanes, sous vide was French for vacuum and Crown Cork and Seal was an also-ran in the world of can makers.
In this illustration, consumers rate how specific environmentally related packaging changes could influence their purchasing dec
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COPE takes environmental pulse

In one of its final tasks before disbanding at the end of 1996, the Council on Packaging in the Environment (COPE) released a Retrospective entitled "Taking the Environmental Pulse of the Consumer: A 4-Year Look." The COPE-funded study, conducted by the Environmental Research Associates (ERA), surveyed consumer opinions between 1993 and '96.
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Can lines to dwindle; can recycling rates up

The number of can lines producing two-piece drawn-and-ironed aluminum cans for beer and beverages in the U.S. will drop 15%, from 178 to 151, between 1996 and 2001.
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New European marks?

The European Commission has proposed new legislation that would introduce two new voluntary symbols for packages that can be reused or recycled. If a packager chooses to use the symbols, then no other symbols may be used for the same purpose.
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California bill defeated

An attempt by California Assembly- woman Debra Brown to revise the state's existing environmental labeling law was defeated. The law, which concurs with the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines on the use of environmental marketing claims, failed in committee on a 10-8 vote with three abstentions.
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers (sidebar)

Beer in PET, PEN bottles studied
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Oskosh, WI-based OEC Graphics is reported to be the first in the U.S. to install the digilas® computer-to-plate system made by Schepers of Germany.
Figure 3 shows the basic operation of the entire case packing system, from multipack infeed to downstacking to case erecting to
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Case packer solves tissue issue

Unusual case packer at Georgia-Pacifics Bellingham plant employs an infeed laning system and a rotating bucket to load various prewrapped multipacks of bathroom tissue into corrugated cases.

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