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This diagram illustrates the flow of resin from dryer, to booster units, to preform molding, to preform conditioning, to blow m
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Single-stage is on stage at Coke plant

Coca-Cola Company's commitment to bringing consumers the packages they want has helped make this plant in Poland special. Integrated injection molding of PET preforms and stretch/blow molding of bottles was a first in the vast Coke empire.
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Heublein 'autographs' a clear winner

Decanter for Smirnoff vodka will lead retailers into the holiday season. Crystal-like bottle and stopper signal reuse with the Smirnoff signature in view. Most sales command a premium price.
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Alcohol content labels coming to a head

Bottle bordom: Can beverage bottles be more innovative?
The new water-based formula for WaterSeal Ultra allows the use of    pearlized blue HDPE containers, an F-style 1-gal jug and a
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Premium is as premium does

New Thompson's Ultra Water Seal employs pearlized HDPE containers and a variety of handsome labels to communicate the product's improvements.
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Packagers say systems up to date

The average packaging system is either state-of-the-art or comparable to the top 10% in its industry. So says a survey of 434 packagers conducted by Industry Insights for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA).
Both Molson Ice and Coors Extra Gold beers have added the alcohol content by volume to their labels, albeit subtly. Will others
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Alcohol content labels coming to a head

The BATF is set to issue a proposal on how alcohol content can appear on beer labels. Many brewers strongly oppose mandatory labeling.
Side by side, the true contour (right) has a convex label panel that requires a shrinkable label. The straight-wall contour (le
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape

Coca-Cola's 'true contour' PET bottle is a big success in several parts of Mexico. Promotora blow-molding plant decorates with a shrink label of OPP applied with glue.
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Winners combine performance with appeal

In its annual effort to recognize innovative users of its OPP flexible packaging film and Label-Lyte® face stocks, Mobil Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) handed out two Golden Mummy and three Pyramid awards at Pac-Ex in Toronto this past September.
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Pouches link looks, functionality

Pouches made of water-soluble film are giving Cincinnati-based Ciba-Geigy a competitive edge in the market for turf management products used by golf course groundskeepers.
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Canadian/American aseptic PET bottling line has European roots

by Ben Miyares, editorial director, Packaging Strategies

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