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Case Studies

Beverage Packaging

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Sporty pouch a U.S. first

Wanting to make a splash in the sports drink category, Hydrade Beverage is introducing a 500-mL stand-up pouch with a PET/foil/PET/PE structure.
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SoBe goes plastic for sport drinks

“With this package, we’re marrying functionality of the package with sports nutrition in the product,” says Bill Meissner, director of brand development for South Beach Beverage, Norwalk, CT.
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Anheuser-Busch'tees up'golf-ball can

Beginning Feb. 26, 2001, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch made Michelob and Michelob Light available nationwide in new 12-oz aluminum cans with a golf ball decoration embossed onto can fronts and backs.
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Graphics offer visual lullaby

When Concord, MA-based Welch’s came out with a new line of baby juice, it employed Bailey Design Group (Plymouth Meeting, PA) to create a bottle that clearly distinguished it from competitors and conveyed a sense of gentleness, quality, and comfort.
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment (sidebar)

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Coupling that connects the servo motor to the pick-and-place carriage can be seen onboard the case packer at the very top of the
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion

Servo motor coupling provides smooth and accurate pick-and-place motion in a case packer at Jersey Juice.
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Decorating, market goals make glass winners

Clear Choice winners for 2000 reinforce the premium image of glass containers. Winners also employ costly decorating, including applied ceramic labeling and heat-transfer labels.
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Evian's 'Nomad' travels to the U.S.

S.A. Evian Co., Evian, France, introduced its “Nomad” bottled water last summer, first in Europe and then in the United States. The polyethylene terephthalate-bottled water (below left) is topped with an unusual hinged closure molded with a loop.
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Universal connector for syrup bags

Plano, TX-based Dr Pepper/Seven Up was instrumental in the development of a new connector spout on syrup bags. Designed for soft drink dispensing systems, the spout could make life a lot easier for bottlers and foodservice institutions across the country.
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Packaging mirrors free-spirited consumers

In an extensive redesign of its Salon Selectives line, Unilever’s Chicago-based Helene Curtis is appealing to free spirits. The new look has a more stylish, sophisticated, yet approachable feel, says Diggi Thomson, Salon Selectives’ brand director.
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Smirnoff Ice refreshes

Already a success in the United Kingdom, Smirnoff Ice from Guinness Bass Import and United Distillers & Vintners, Stamford, CT, began rolling out in February in the United States and Canada. Called an “alco-pop,” the five-percent-proof citrus-flavored malt beverage comes in a 12-oz glass bottle with decorating reminiscent of bottles for Smirnoff’s vodka. The product is being offered exclusively for on-premise consumption in bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs.
A customized pick-and-place arm places markers into blister cavities on the rotary table of an eight-station heat-sealing machin
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Sanford sold on 'cell' concept

In-line marker assembly and packaging, featuring an eight-station automatic heat-sealing unit, helps manufacturer increase production, save labor costs and meet just-in-time needs.
Since new labels and a large plastic cap were made part of the package, the container has much better impact on display. Inset s
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New look for oyster packs

Induction-sealing is a key element in Minterbrook’s redesigned oyster package. Shelf life is extended, tamper evidence improved, and costs cut.
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A 'greener' way to decorate

VOSS of Oslo, Norway, is the first beverage plant licensee of RevTech’s Envirogluv™ glass decorating technology. In fact, it’s the first application of the technology used by a packager other than Revlon, RevTech’s former parent company, which has used it on glass containers of nail polish and makeup for several years.
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Wine label evokes Chilean heritage

Franciscan Estate, a St. Helena, CA-based winery, wanted to “create a story” for Primus, its premium Chilean red table wine. To achieve that, the winery turned to Michael Osborne Design (San Francisco, CA) to create a label that would evoke a sense of the vintage’s rich Chilean heritage.

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