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Shaped cans south of the border

"I have seen shaped cans from Europe and I have never seen anything like this." That's what Lawrence Boro, marketing manager for privately held Grupo Jumex, Xalostoc, near Mexico City, Mexico, says about the company's newest shaped steel three-piece can.
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Plumes of steam, a typical byproduct of the papermaking process, are exhausted from Georgia-Pacific?s Crossett, AR, paperboard m
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Should paperboard buyers turn white with fright?

EPA "cluster" rule forces bleached pulp mills to spend millions to clean up air and water emissions. Quality, cost, even availability may become a question mark.
Materials Product Brief

Portola Packaging, Inc: Portola Packaging, Inc: Beverage bottle

A 20-oz PET bottle is now available from QDC Plastic Container (Lansing, MI). The resealable bottle is designed for milk, water and juice products.
Bottles ease onto and off of the filler turret via oversized-diameter starwheels (left), which cut down on splashing associat
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Putting the pressure on faster filling

A unique feeding system on Sweet Ripe Drinks' new pressure filler permits 750-bpm speeds with less glass breakage, higher accuracy and 15-minute changeover.
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Outsourcing benefits point to continuing trend

The outsourcing of packaging functions has been yielding benefits, Packaging World readers report. Cost savings and satisfaction are the upside, while only half of respondents report increases in plant efficiency.
Feature Article

HDPE-based Tropicana bottles project fresh, 'local dairy' image

In the first stage of a national roll-out, coextrusion blow-molded bottles for Tropicana FruitWise smoothies are finding a place in the refrigerated cases of supermarkets in Cleveland and several other markets.

Gaining an Urban edge

"The labels are kinda like our minds-always changing." So reads the label of Jones Soda, the latest venture of the Urban Juice and Soda Co.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
All four flavors of 13.5-oz Still Tango are aseptically filled in black PET bottles bearing striking graphics
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Britvic banks on being different

This UK beverage marketer was a pioneer in aseptically filled PET bottles. Other ambitious packages include matte-black coated glass for on-premise sales and black PET bottles in four sizes.
A custom-built seal tester squeezes bottles through a succession of vertical rollers to expose leakers or poor seals
Feature Article

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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