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Touch Top emerges from development

In development for about four years at Ball Metal Beverage Container Group (Broomfield, CO), the Touch Top(TM) aluminum 202 can end is poised to make its commercial debut.
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Trilingual label cleans up

Last year, Naperville, IL-based Babson Brothers introduced a line of PRECISE dairy pipeline cleaning tablets. To satisfy its international customers, the firm had to be sure that usage instructions were available in English, Spanish and French.
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Wine labels that pop

Claiming a first in the wine industry, Domaine St. George Winery introduced a holographic wine label on its Domaine St. George brand this April. "There's been a revolution in wine packaging," says Jan Wells, spokesman for the winery.
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Easy-open pack for bundles

Bundles of six 2-L water bottles from Perrier/Vittel, Paris, France, get an easy-open feature thanks to a new multilayer shrink film with directional tear resistance.
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Standards revised for flexible

The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) is revising current standards and identifying areas where standard test methods are needed for flexible packaging intended for medical use.
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Bill has EPA policing plastics

If Sen. Al D'Amato (R-NY) has his way, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be forced to develop a screening program for estrogenicity that would test all substances-including chemicals used in packaging-for negative effects on the human estrogen system.
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CR packaging matters

Child-resistant drug packaging saved the lives of an estimated 460 children ages 4 and under between 1974, when such packaging was introduced, and 1992, according to a new report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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FTC not playing with Toys 'R' Us

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged toy industry retail giant Toys 'R' Us with exacting heavy-handed agreements from toy manufacturers that dictate how toys should be packaged for different accounts.
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Composite canister cuts costs

When a metal can supplier phased out the can sizes used by Beer Nuts, Inc. for its namesake snack, the Bloomington, IL-based snack company turned to composite canisters from Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
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Pampryl is juiced over bottle resin

In May, French fruit juice company Pampryl began selling 11 varieties of aseptically filled juice and nectar within France in a 1-L plastic bottle. The bottle maintains the 12-month unrefrigerated shelf life of its glass predecessor.
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Native American design for salmon

Juneau, Alaska-based Health Sea, Inc., and the Native American community of the Kake Tribal Corp. are counting on package design to successfully launch the Keta(TM) line of 99% fat-free smoked salmon products within four U.S.
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Dial captures salon brand imagery

Bottles combining upscale graphics, convenient dispensing and, in at least one instance, post-consumer resin sandwiched between virgin layers, helped Phoenix-based Dial Corp's Consumer Products Group introduce K"y"(TM) Nature's Creative Energy personal care products early this year.
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FDA wants access to claims data for food labeling

FDA wants to change the rules so it is better able to enforce the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act while not impeding the development of new food technologies.
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Global green guidelines

In preparation for a discussion on international eco-labeling standards, a coalition of 12 associations organized by the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), is advocating standards similar to the "Green Guides" of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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Bottle bill expansion likely to make ballot in Oregon

It appears almost certain that proponents of a ballot initiative expanding Oregon's bottle bill will collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot in November.

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