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Chalone Vineyard wine uses Regale's InPart3; non-scuffing partition system, which is in production now.
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Molded pulp protective packaging breakthrough

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Chalone Vineyard wine bottles will be the first to use Regale’s new protective packaging technology, which reduces costs by 80% and reduces lead time by 90%, according to the supplier. Libbey Glass and Hewlett Packard are currently testing the packaging.
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What is fresh?

The FDA is examining whether use of the term “fresh” on product labels is truthful and not misleading when applied to products produced using new food processing technologies
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Customer-friendly design

Canandaigua Wine Co., Canandaigua, NY, credits improved packaging design and flashy graphics for a 42% sales growth rate between 1998 and 1999.
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Whining over wine

The California Association of Winegrape Growers is pressing the BATF to revise its labeling standards so consumers understand that flavored wines are not required to meet the same content standards as traditional table wine.
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Sutter: To twist or not to twist

After seven years of using twist-off closures to seal its 1 ½-L bottles of wine, Sutter Home Winery recently reverted back to sealing its larger bottles with a traditional cork closure.
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International agreements

Convenience Food Systems (Bakel, the Netherlands) has acquired Dixie Union (Kempten, Germany).
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Scholle Corporation: Synthetic wine closure

Available from Scholle (Northlake, IL), the Integra Wine Closure is said to help eliminate leakage, breakage and other problems associated with natural cork closures.
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Containers capture consumer convenience

Surf wax in a deodorant-like container, an ergonomic waste container for biohazardous materials and a snowmobile lubricant in a jug designed for mittened hands are among this year’s NACD award winners.
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Will e-commerce help or hurt distributors and sales agents?

That’s still a question because readers were sharply divided on the effect e-commerce will have on packaging distributors or sales agents. Survey of purchasing readers in January reports wide range of opinions.
Buena Vida's redesigned pressure-sensitive label (above) has a cleaner look than its previous glue-applied label. The winery's n
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Labeler gives new life to wine bottles

A single-head, pressure-sensitive labeler for front and back labels provides a small Texas winery with quick set-up and clean-up time and saves $10ꯠ, too.

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