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Beverage Packaging

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Shaped aluminum bottle energizes Snapple's Elements

Aluminum containers continue to boost the energy drink category. Elements Beverage division of the Snapple Beverage Group, White Plains, NY, is using marketing alchemy to switch bottles of its Elements energy drinks from glass to aluminum.
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From a tote resin pellets are vacuumed to an overhead level and then down to as many as three hot-melt units located as far as 1
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Start spreading the glues

Miller Brewing efficiently delivers hot-melt glue pellets to multiple glue-dispensing units thanks to an overhead air conveying system.
As wine bottles emerge from the heat tunnel that shrinks the capsule around the bottle neck, a vertical conveyor belt rotates th
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Sometimes low tech is tech enough

To salvage existing equipment, winery finds unique solution to capsule wrinkles—by turning a conveyor on end.
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Single-handed convenience

One-handed dispensing of coffee creamer is coming to dairy cases across the country as Morningstar Foods, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Dean Foods Co., begins shipping its International Delight brand in PET containers with a custom dispensing closure.
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Candy and coffee team up

If Seattle-based Starbucks is synonymous with fine coffee, Brown & Haley, Tacoma, WA, has a similar cachet with its Almond Roca candy. Beginning this year, the two organizations are teaming up as B&H produces Mocha Roca Coffee Buttercrunch in distinctive packaging for exclusive sale at Starbucks outlets.
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Sunsweet gets grip on market

Prune juice was one of the few juice products that had not been repackaged to take advantage of new technologies.
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Ice cream packaging redesign

To help breathe new life into its ice cream packaging, Cumberland Farms enlisted Sheaff Dorman Purins (Boston, MA). Working with Cumberland Farms’ marketing and manufacturing departments, Sheaff designers conducted competitive research and explored a variety of approaches to develop new flavors, a new structure, and a new look for the packaging.
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Coca-Cola graphics get 'Real'

Consumers worldwide are beginning to see new graphics on cans, PET bottles, and secondary packaging as part of The Coca-Cola Company’s new marketing campaign, “Coca-Cola...Real.”
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Folgers packs a coffee house experience

An octagon-shaped high-density polyethylene canister is helping Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble’s Folgers-brand Café Latte deliver to retail markets a true coffee house experience.
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Capri Sun launches 'bottle can'

In February, Tarrytown, NY-based Kraft Foods Beverages Division introduced Capri Sun Island Refreshers in a 16.5-oz aluminum “bottle can.”
Bottles index single file from front to back through a timing screw (left) before a label is wiped on.
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Black Bear hugs new labeler

Regional beverage bottler adds a p-s labeler that increases packaging speeds compared to its former paper label applicator.See in-plant video
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Heineken rolls out 24-oz 'keg' can

Heineken USA, White Plains, NY, recently introduced its Heineken lager beer in the United States in a 24-oz can that resembles a keg.
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A pasteurizable plastic beer bottle

Canada’s Brick Brewery has launched a 16-oz plastic beer bottle that the Waterloo, Ontario, brewer claims is the first single-serve plastic beer bottle in Canada.
Brookville's protective new shrink-wrapped bundle (inset foreground) often makes a smaller unit than its twine-tied predecessor
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Brookville Glove receives helping hand

When new management took over Brookville Glove, a move to shrink bundling was one of the first improvements in operations to be made.
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Pez juice launched in pouch

In the candy business, Pez in its refillable dispenser is a classic. Now Leading Brands, Inc., is marketing a Pez shelf-stable juice, in a 8.54-oz (250-mL) “no-spill” stand-up pouch topped with a collectible Pez character.

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