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Net weight criticism

The National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) has told FDA its proposed rule on net quantity of contents compliance is "flawed in several key areas." The proposed rule establishes procedures for evaluating whether the label declaration of contents matches actual contents.
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FDA guidance for closures opens can of worms (sidebar)

Sour grapes on wine labels?
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Almaden's label is clearly contemporary

This year, Canandaigua Wine Co., Canandaigua, NY, began shipping its Almaden® wines in 50 SKUs with clear pressure-sensitive labels that provide a distinctive appearance against the clear glass bottles.
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Wraparound origins

When it came time for Tayland Cellars to bottle new L'Ecosse wine, original was the operative word. Since the wine is made from grapes that originated in the French region where Joan of Arc was born, the label depicts a nouveau-like illustration of the heroine.
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Glass bottle

The 375-mL Tuscan is a new glass bottle from Caliber Packaging (Cerritos, CA) designed for wine and pourable foods. It has a 28-mm bar top finish and can be packed into 12-pack reshipper cartons, or into bulk layers upon special request.
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Homemade look for wine package

Montevina Winery's new Cucina Mista wine has a label that is especially refreshing for its simple rustic appeal. Italian for "kitchen mix," the wine is a blend of 20 different red table wines produced by this St.
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Beaulieu tries starch-based cushioning

A 97-year-old Napa Valley winery is embracing today's latest environmentally-sound technology to protect wine bottles it ships in pairs across the country via small-parcel carriers as part of its wine society program.
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
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Study confirms bottles affect wine buying

A recent study on American wine purchasing shows that glass wine bottles play a key role in determining which wine is purchased. Marketers considering dropping glass in favor of some other packaging material would do well to analyze the study-perhaps even duplicate it in their own product categories-before making a move.
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Shrinking U.S. glass container industry will likely raise prices next year

Paper. Metal. Plastic. Glass. In roughly that order, those are the materials from which packages have been made in the United States for the last half of the 20th century.

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