Packaging of computer monitors has changed dramatically at Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett-Packard. By replacing expanded polystyrene end caps with suspension packaging made of kraft paper and plastic film, H-P has reduced material costs by 15.5%.
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In Britain, premeasured tablets are the fastest-growing way to use laundry detergents, and Robert McBride, plc, Cumbria, England, is packing them 70% faster with an economical film from UCB Films (Smyrna, GA).
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.
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.
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.
In September, Minneapolis-based Marigold Foods introduced five flavored milk varieties in high-density polyethylene bottles. Ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing yields a 65-day shelf life. The 12-oz Kemps®-brand varieties sell in refrigerated dairy cases of supermarkets, as well as in school vending machines.
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.
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.
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.
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.