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Brewers turn to PET bottles, wide-mouth cans

A six-month shelf life is claimed for amber 1-L bottles of polyethylene terephthalate holding dark beers produced and marketed by Canada's Algonquin Brewing Co., Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.
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Shrink graphics fire up hot sauce sales

Bold shrink band graphics that simulate molten lava erupting from 5 oz glass bottles of Little Freddy's Hot Lava hot sauce have spurred product sales by 15 to 20%.
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Delaney nearing revision

The longstanding battle to reform the decades-old Delaney Clause, which prohibits the use of any carcinogenic additive in processed food, is moving forward in Congress.
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Pfizer recalls shave gel due to poor can coating

Cans for Pfizer's PureSilk Shave Gel for women that have been sold since last October are now being recalled by the New York-based company, in conjunction with the U.S.
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California recycling target met

It appears that California's 25% recycling rate mandated by a 1995 rigid plastic container law has been met by the slimmest of margins, thereby letting packagers off the hook.
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Inverted margarine squeezes easy

Van den Bergh Foods, Lisle, IL, has introduced a truly user-friendly container for its Country Crock® and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter® squeezable margarine products.
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PEF honors Coca-Cola

Coke is it!
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New thermoform makes tuna salad easier

After a '90s makeover, Charlie the StarKist Tuna resurfaces on packages of a new product, Ready Mixed Tuna Salad & Crackers. The product is a more convenient form of the Lunch Kit that StarKist Seafoods, Newport, KY, has been marketing for about four years.
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FDA proposes additional warning on some OTC drug labels

The Food & Drug Administration wants an additional warning on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a common ingredient in weight control, cough-cold, allergy and nasal decongestant drugs.
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Net weight check

Eleven food industry groups have asked FDA to speed issuance of a "uniform, science-based standard" for verifying the net weight and quantity of packaged goods.
Though HDPE bottles (below left) served The Body Shop well for many years, the new look of PET (above) is viewed by the firm a
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No-label look hits PET bottles

For 17 years The Body Shop's hair, bath and fragrance products have been filled in HDPE bottles. Now PET is taking over, along with a disc-style closure and a no-label look.
Automated bottle remover turns pucks over on their sides to allow a rod to push through a hole in the bottom of the puck and s
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New equipment revitalizes Amway packaging line

Filling speeds more than doubled and still continue to improve as Amway moves into full production with its new liquid filling line for men's and women's cosmetics.
Athree-dimensional solid-body CAD model of an end cap is created by mathematically reversing out the geometry of the CAD model
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HP puts packaging parts on fast track

A rapid prototyping process for developing EPS foam end caps helps Hewlett-Packard meet ongoing new model introductions for its popular DeskJet printers. Moving from initial CAD drawing to final molded parts can be done in four days.
In the foreground are 12 freshly blown bottles waiting to be discharged by pickoff-pins. Visible in the background are 12 prefor
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Modular molds add flexibility to bottle molding

Unique system makes it easier for packagers to have custom bottles injection/ blow molded even when the number of bottles needed is relatively low.
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Registration is Paramount to video success

Paramount Home Video's holographic carton for Star Trek Generations sells out its entire production run. Registering process printing to full-coverage holographics is a first.

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