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New line helps repackaging pay off

Added last August, RxPak’s newest drug repackaging line is notable not only for its level of automation, but also for the senior-friendly, child-resistant closure it applies. See in-plant video
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Alberto-Culver's all-natural bottle graphics

In an effort to recover its declining herbal shampoo/conditioner business, Alberto-Culver, maker of Alberto VO5 products, decided to modernize and “naturalize” its outdated bottles.
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment (sidebar)

Dunnage options, economics
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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.
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment (sidebar)

eToys’ future in doubt
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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.
An eToys operator inspects a boxed order to determine how many air cushions will be necessary to prevent excessive product movem
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment

Air-cushion-making machinery, conveyors, case tapers and printers provide operational efficiency at embattled e-tailer e-Toys’ new distribution facility in Ontario, CA.
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Introductory design for teen girls

When Caboodles The Teen Brand, Plano, IL, decided to enter the fast-paced bath and body market, its packaging ideas went to Expac Corp. (Montvale, NJ).
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Bud holiday bottle: 'Whassup?'

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).
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Amboy touts single-serve cheese

Amboy Specialty Foods’ Poucheze is a 3-oz shelf-stable pouch of pourable cheese that provides a foodservice alternative to single-serve cups, larger pouches or #10 cans.
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Dialing into new packaging

Variotec Innovative Packaging Systems (Kaufbeuren, Germany) has launched a new dispensing concept called Dialpack. First used in Germany in 1999 for Variotec’s 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.
This rigid APET clamshell provides shock protection for Seagate's disc drives during handling and shipping. Bar codes can be sca
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SeaShell drives away damage

Disk drive manufacturer Seagate reduces damage by 60% and saves more than $4 million per year in freight and materials costs by switching to a thermoformed ‘SeaShell’ clamshell.
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New double-bag system in Japan

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.
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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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PET paint can is a first

Kalon Decorative Products of Birstall, England, is believed to be the first to offer oil-based paints in a one-piece polyethylene terephthalate lever-lid container.
The Milwaukee County House of Correction produces meals in reusable trays like these in an unusual wrap and shrink process. The
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Correctional facility bars wasted food, materials

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.

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