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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On the reheat stretch/blow-molding machine on which PSM?s cryogenically cooled bottles are blown, mandrel-mounted preforms are c
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Cryogenic cooling of heat-set PET awaits patents

The technology's not commercial yet, and it certainly has its skeptics. Test results show that thermal and barrier properties are enhanced significantly by blowing PET into heated molds and cooling with LN2 delivered by a unique new system.
Vacuum arms pick two separate pieces of corrugated from a magazine and position them on opposite sides of the center can to serv
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A truly Superior ink packaging line

Automated filling, lidding, labeling and case packing line lets Superior Printing Ink consolidate far-flung operations under one roof. Bar-coded labels are printed on-line.
Longview Fibre uses two new single facers to bond fluted medium to liner. Board produced on this machine continues to a double b
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Flutes orchestrate smoother corrugated board

Single-facing machinery helps Longview Fibre's Milwaukee plant bond the medium to the liner without pressure marks. Meanwhile, the company's new six-color flexographic press produces images that customers say rival preprint.

Can lines to dwindle; can recycling rates up

The number of can lines producing two-piece drawn-and-ironed aluminum cans for beer and beverages in the U.S. will drop 15%, from 178 to 151, between 1996 and 2001.
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers (sidebar)

Beer in PET, PEN bottles studied
Sold in 539 Migros supermarkets in Switzerland, Sports+Fit isotonic drink comes in a bottle made of a low-NDC-level PET copolyme
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers

Superior thermal properties, chemical resistance, and high barrier to oxygen transmission have made PEN and other naphthalate-based materials irresistable for a hot-filled isotonic drink and for citrus juices.
Supplier News

Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Spartanburg Stainless Products Inc. (Spartanburg, SC) has signed an agreement to purchase beer and small chemical keg manufacturing equipment from Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA).

Plastics under seige in Massachusetts

A plastics recycling bill has been introduced in the Massachusetts state Senate that would, if passed, doom the sale of most plastic packaging. The bill bans plastic packaging for consumer products unless at least 80% of Massachusetts residents have access to plastics recycling facilities by December 31, 2000.

Add-on packaging revs up Coors' sales

First things first. Yes, it's a real package. No, it's not actually shipped that way. But when retailers hand-erect the faux carburetor valve covers and insert the tabs into die-cut slots on 24-count multipacks of the new "engine block" package for Coors Light, they've got a clever floor display that has jump-started sales of the brand in a recent promotion, says the Golden, CO, brewer.


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