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interpack 96 sets new records

The weather may not have been pleasant, but all preliminary reports show that interpack 96, held May 9 to 15 in Dsseldorf, Germany, was a major success.
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Brewing new markets

Last summer, Americans slurped down enough Blended Frappuccino(TM) iced coffee at Starbucks Coffee outlets to double the company's cold coffee sales.
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IP sees growth in paper demand

Last year, U.S. linerboard capacity reached 24.2 million tons, posting a 5.9% gain over 1994 (see chart, below left). About one-fifth of this larger-than-expected increase was attributable to swing machines that switched from kraft paper to linerboard, and from new machinery producing at high rates, according to Thomas E.
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Gatorade powder can taps brand equity

Gatorade Co. is tapping its pro sports image to relaunch its powdered drink mix. Formerly in an ordinary spiral-wound composite container, the mix is now packaged in an orange canister from Liquid Container (West Chicago, IL) that replicates the look of the large Gatorade dispensing cooler seen on the sidelines at national sporting events.
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Tortillas escape refrigeration!

Los Angeles-based Mission Foods chose the May 5-8 Food Marketing Institute show to unveil what it's calling the first modified atmosphere shelf-stable package for tortillas.
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No progress in Lipton tampering

In late April, Walgreens stores temporarily pulled 16-oz glass bottles of Lipton Iced Tea from the shelves of more than 300 stores across the Midwest.
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Closure combines directional pour with no-drip

Launched in February at Wal-mart stores nationwide, DowBrands' large 30-oz size of its Dow Smart Cleanser(TM) features a new Tab Top(TM) dispensing closure from Seaquist Closures (Mukwonago, WI).
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Coke near ready to test 12-oz bottle

A 12-oz soft drink bottle made of a blend of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) is expected in a test market this July.
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform efforts continue on Capitol Hill and food packaging stands to be affected. The Food Safety Reform Coalition (representing food and beverage manufacturers) is working to amend legislation introduced by Rep.
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California law repeal?

The bill that would repeal California's rigid plastic packaging container program remained in a State Senate committee at press time, after passing the Assembly.
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Olestra label dispute

Procter & Gamble Co. and Frito-Lay, the nation's biggest snack manufacturer, are asking FDA to accept less explicit language in labeling requirements for products containing olestra, a fat replacement ingredient developed by P&G.
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New bottle adds nice touch

With the March restaging of its Ice Cap(TM) line, hair care product manufacturer Graham-Webb Intl., Plymouth, MN, became one of the first users of VelvaSoft(TM) packaging.
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Melon salad counts on PVC jars

Chilled fruit leader UniMark Foods of Argyle, TX, is well known in supermarkets nationwide for its 26-oz portions of tropical fruits in glass jars sold on ice in the produce department.
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Metallized film does the Trix

Walk through the local supermarket's cereal aisle and you'll be bombarded with a display of vivid, colorful cartons. While it's not easy to stand out from such a crowd, Minneapolis-based General Mills believes it can with its Trix®, and new Team USA Cheerios®.
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Printed PET film adorns cosmetics cap

A unique cone of PET film is what gives the multi-component closure on Eau d'Amore cologne its vivid color. Marketed by Korean cosmetics manufacturer Pacific, the cologne was launched in Korea in October '95.

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