A new 12-pack paperboard can multipack has won the coveted Structural/Technical Innovation award in the 2001 National Paperboard Packaging Competition, sponsored by the Paper-board Packaging Council (Alexandria, VA). Called the DuoStrap®, the Mead Packaging (Atlanta, GA) carton has already received patents for its integral handle and also for its can roll-out dispensing device.
Nestlé Canada’s Nescafé Ice coffee syrup bottle earned the “Chairman’s Choice” award in the 2001 National Canadian packaging competition. Developed in conjunction with Graham Packaging Canada (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), the blow-molded, black opaque high-density polyethylene bottle has turned a lot of heads in grocery dairy aisles since its Canadian national rollout earlier this year. A U. S. introduction is expected at some point in the future.
United Kingdom-based plants of Nestlé, Unilever, and Thorntons Plc are among the first to use an enhanced Advanced X-ray Inspection System (AXIS) to inspect trayed salads, wrapped baked goods, and packaged candy, among others.
Two new lines at U.K. contract packager Axxis Intl. both rely on puck systems to handle personal care products. One line is tailored for long runs, the other for quick-change versatility. See in-plant video
Nestlé Friskies Italia is the first globally to use a retortable carton from Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL). Commercialized in May for its new Friskies “Qualità Freschezza” petfood, the Tetra Recart™ technology is more than two years from a U.S.
Custom drive on a thermoform/seal machine enables Allegiance Healthcare’s Rayong, Thailand, plant to switch from paper lidstock to thin-gauge plastic film for packs of disposable surgeon’s gloves. Costs are cut by hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.