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Coca-Cola contours cans

Hoping to capitalize on the success of its contoured 20-oz PET bottles, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola continues to develop and design contoured steel and aluminum cans.
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'Sewing' the truth on sterility

In Packaging World's coverage of the Top Packaging Awards of the Flexible Packaging Assn., some facts were erroneously reported about the suture package of Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon, Inc.
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Speedier heat transfer decorating

Culminating a two-year cooperative program, Avery Dennison's Decorating Technologies Div. (Framingham, MA) and Krones (Franklin, WI) have developed Thermocol, a new patent-pending system to apply heat-transfer decorating onto glass, plastic and metal containers at speeds to 500/min.
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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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