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P&G's new angle on tortilla chips

Procter & Gamble has unveiled another intriguing new plastic package. Just months ago, the Cincinnati-based company began test-marketing 0.81 oz of Pringles in a single-serve cup injection-molded of polypropylene (see PW, Oct. ’01, p. 2, or packworld.com/go/pringlepak). This time it’s Torengos Tortilla Chips in an 8 ½’’ tall white triangular container with 2 ¾’’ sides.
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A half-ton of hydraulic pressure compresses the loads an average of 4'' to tighten them for shipment (above) before the load con
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Printer presses onward with unitizing

Automatic weighing, strapping, and stretch-wrapping system unitizes loads of printed materials at Gazette Communications. Damage claims are reduced to zero.
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Euro lawncare products drum up sales

Canisters made of recycled paperboard have been making inroads throughout Europe as a primary package that provides stackability and pleasing graphics for fertilizers.
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Laser coding excels at Excelda

Excelda Mfg., a contract packager of lubricants and other products sold in the automotive aftermarket, has turned to laser coding to improve legibility of the single-line date code it uses on the plastic bottles it fills.
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Label shrinks costs for Toro

Financial savings were behind The Toro Company’s decision to replace folding cartons with shrink-sleeve labels for its SingleStream-brand adjustable-pattern lawn sprinkler.
The 128-valve filler handles 20-oz bottles at 1,000/min.
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Bottling built for the future

When this Pennsylvania beverage marketer installed a new line for PET bottles, great care was taken that the equipment be capable of handling multiple package varieties. See in-plant video
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Club stores spawn salmon multipacks

Marketers for San Diego-based Bumble Bee Seafoods heard the call of club stores and consumers alike, requesting a more flashy multipack of its canned salmon. Bumble Bee responded last summer with a colorful film sleeve from Ultrapak (Dunkirk, NY) for two- and four-pack varieties.
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Teens assigned to Hawaiian Punch

In an effort to give its venerable fruit punch drink a “hip” packaging design, Hawaiian Punch is turning to its core consumers: teenagers. Hawaiian Punch is a brand of Plano, TX-based Dr Pepper/Seven Up, a subsidiary of Cadbury Schweppes plc.
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Cadbury package scores a slam dunk

Adding to its Mr. Big™ candy bar’s already larger than life image, Toronto-based Cadbury Trebor Allan recently added National Basketball Assn. player Vince Carter to the Mr. Big label for a special promotion.
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NECCO mints in a snap

New high-intensity Ultra mints from NECCO (New England Confectionery Co.), reached national retail stores in June packed in a 4½-oz, 1.7-mil polypropylene bag with a laminated cast PP snap closure.
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Can labeling improves logistics

In Vejle, Denmark, where a company called Tulip operates Northern Europe’s largest meat packing plant, preprinted round cans are giving way to round cans that are decorated in-line via roll-fed labelers.
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Stain can label redesign

Last March, Sherwin Williams wood care group (Kent, WA) decided to alleviate customer confusion regarding its Thompson’s WaterSeal line of stain. According to Mike Kozlowski, product manager for Thompson’s, consumers were having a hard time deciphering between product types.
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Labeling switch nets savings

Minute Maid is in the process of switching from in-mold labels to heat-transfer decoration on all 1-gal high-density polyethylene bottles for its popular Hi-C beverages. According to Ernest Dunlap, manager of packaging at the Houston-based beverage firm, the change aims to reduce unsaleables at retail.
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Listerine strips made portable, universal

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Morris Plains, NJ, introduced in the United States in October ‘01 Cool Mint Listerine PocketPaks™ of tiny hinged plastic “vials.” The vials (see sidebar) contain stamp-sized oral care strips that dissolve instantly on the tongue where they kill germs on contact. A carded blister serves as the secondary package.
At Thorntons, the X-ray inspection system checks lidded boxes for contaminants and, through a software upgrade, chocolates that
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X-ray vision checks inside chocolates boxes

Thorntons in the U.K. uses X-ray scanning equipment to inspect foil-wrapped and boxed chocolates. Software upgrade detects missing chocolates.
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Unusual bag-in-box differentiates organic wine from the rest

Nevada County Wine Guild reinforces its line of organic wines with a statuesque bag-in-box package whose shape delivers competitive differentiation. The box uses 60% post-consumer materials and is recyclable.

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