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A custom-built seal tester squeezes bottles through a succession of vertical rollers to expose leakers or poor seals
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules

Several unorthodoxies on the filling line make it possible for this soft, squeezable, straight-walled polypropylene container to resist paneling after hot-filling. Also new is a first-of-its-kind on-line shrink label application in a bottling plant.
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Barrier technology impresses judges

The prestigious Diamond Award of the eleventh annual DuPont Awards went to Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). CPT was honored for the high-barrier 400-mL (13.524-oz) polyethylene terephthalate single-serve bottle it developed for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.
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Three-pack carrier makes sampling simpler

A novel bottle carrier made of corrugated is helping First Coast Brewing of Wilmington, NC, entice first-time buyers to sample its craft-brewed beers.
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A-B hopes bowling pin bottle is a strike

Last month, bowling alleys across the country began serving beer in an exclusive package they can call their own. The package is a 16-oz bottle of Budweiser shaped like a bowling pin, from Anheuser-Busch, St.
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Canned marketing

Last month it was Pepsi/Frito-Lay snacks in a can for vending machines (see PW, Sept. '97, p. 4). What else does the future hold for automated vending?
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Pleasing consumers with unexpected packaging

Around our way, a Coca-Cola vending machine at the Cleveland Zoo recently surprised my wife and me by delivering a 20-oz contour PET bottle after forcefully pulling a dollar bill out of our hands.
A line operator looks at beer bottles as they pass the second inspector on the line. This unit checks for label placement and ma
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.
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PEN cap liner

A cap lining material that includes polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) is believed to be the first cap liner to use Kaladex(TM) film from ICI Polyester. The liner is available from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) and is suitable for PET bottles and PEN polymer bottles.
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Plastic to outpace other materials

In the beverage industry, plastic will lead the growth of other materials at least through the year 2001, predicts a new study from industrial market research firm Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH).
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Alcohol content

A new California labeling law for alcoholic beverages requires all beverages containing more than 5.7% alcohol by volume to declare that content on the label.

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