Chalone Vineyard of Napa, CA, is the first to benefit from a new molded fiber technology called PulpFusion. Regale claims it can reduce costs by 80% and lead time by 90% compared to other molded fiber technologies.
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In April, Frito-Lay rolled out its Tostitos™ brand salsa in a 28-oz plastic jug that features an integral handle and a wide-mouth closure. According to David Miller, senior technologist with Plano, TX-based Frito-Lay Corp., the multilayer polypropylene bottle is coextrusion-blown by Continental Plastic Containers (Irving, TX) and incorporates an ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier.
“We’ve seen what our friends across the pond have been doing with shaped cans, so why not us?” That’s how Norm Nieder, director of packaging technologies at St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, explains the launch of Michelob and Michelob Light in 16-oz contoured cans.
Easy pouring and convenient carrying were the key objectives behind a recent package redesign for Castrol in Australia. Extrusion blown of high-density polyethylene like its predecessor, the container costs about 8% more than the bottle it replaces.
This year, the Ace Apple Co. ordered 30ꯠ interlocking, “shelf-ready” corrugated cases to pack its apples, tripling last year’s order. The apple grower reports the increased use of the box, as an alternative to a more traditional corrugated case, stems from the enthusiasm of retailers, primarily supermarkets.