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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-commerce demands quick-change equipment

Packworld.com visitors relate packaging changes necessary for e-commerce, direct-to-consumer sales through an exclusive survey conducted late last year.
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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.
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Coders save company its sweet time

Just Born’s ink-jet coders print date codes on cartons and trays of candy with minimal changeover time.
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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).
On board the 14-station rotary filler/sealer (above), the upgraded sensor reads the registration mark (left) to orient the tube
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'Enlightened' registration slashes tube scrap

A move to an upgraded vision sensor for tube registration helps filling at Access Business Group stay out of the dark. Literally.
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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.
Coupling that connects the servo motor to the pick-and-place carriage can be seen onboard the case packer at the very top of the
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion

Servo motor coupling provides smooth and accurate pick-and-place motion in a case packer at Jersey Juice.
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Evian's 'Nomad' travels to the U.S.

S.A. Evian Co., Evian, France, introduced its “Nomad” bottled water last summer, first in Europe and then in the United States. The polyethylene terephthalate-bottled water (below left) is topped with an unusual hinged closure molded with a loop.
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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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SeaShell drives away damage (sidebar)

Seagate serves two customer ‘streams’
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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.
Frame-mounted 4-axis robot uses vacuum cups to assemble cases of cartoned milk three at a time.
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'Cool' robot palletizes three-up

A robot at Schroeder Milk palletizes cases from three lines in up to three different configurations at a time using specialized tooling to handle cases, pallets or slipsheets. System replaces manual palletization.

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