Since October, Bud drinkers across most of Latin America found the venerable brew in a fluted aluminum can. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is rolling out the new 12-oz, 211-dia can as a permanent replacement for standard cans of Budweiser in Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize.
Oregon voters decisively rejected a ballet initiative that would have expanded the current bottle-deposit law, which applies only to beer and carbonated beverages, to include more than 800 products, including paperboard packaging containers.
Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) will show the new Eagle 50 Robotic Palletizer, manufactured by Italy's Gruppo Elettric 80, fully integrated with the Schneider high-speed, servo-driven, horizontal case packer.
Packaging research and development managers will need to expand their view beyond the four walls of the corporate fortress. That means paying closer attention to the economics of R&D decisions, and understanding the company's international role.