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.
In an extensive redesign of its Salon Selectives line, Unilevers 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.
Stepping away from its traditional metallized label, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, MO, developed an eye-catching, “no-label” direct-print look for its 2000 Budweiser holiday promotion. The one-quart glass bottle is supplied by Anchor Glass Container (Tampa, FL). It’s decorated with seven-color heat-transfer printing from Avery Dennison’s Decorating Technologies Div. (Framingham, MA).
Variotec Innovative Packaging Systems (Kaufbeuren, Germany) has launched a new dispensing concept called Dialpack. First used in Germany in 1999 for Variotecs own Variosun brand sunscreen, the Dialpack system allows consumers to select their preferred level of SPF protection between every application. A dial on the front panel of the polypropylene bottle can be adjusted to meet specific sunscreen needs.
An unusual double-bag system is being used for delivery of liquid for enteral nutrition in various Japanese hospitals. The system includes an aseptically filled inner Elopouch® bag, the kind often used for UHT milks.
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.
A specially developed film applied to reusable trays on a heat-shrink machine helps the Milwaukee County House of Correction provide inmates with a tamper-evident package that reduces wasted food and packaging materials.