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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking to emulate a recent innovation popular in beer cans, Westford, MA-based Veryfine Products in September began shipping its 18 varieties of Veryfine and Chillers brands with a large-opening end (LOE).