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Shrink label gives this mule a kick

From Russia by way of the U.K. comes a vodka-based drink called the Smirnoff Mule in a glass bottle with a label that's nearly as exotic as the beverage itself.
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Plastic beer bottle could be big

Australian brewing giant Carlton United Breweries has high hopes for a barrier beer bottle made of plastic. In the meantime, it's launched a monolayer PET bottle that's causing quite a stir.
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Multipacks double the ante for bottles

A European brewer is first to offer two-layer multipacks for glass bottles. The tall 24- and 30-packs present more graphic billboard area and permit easier handling for consumers.
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Retailers' influence strengthens over packaging

ECR, pre-built displays and J-I-T delivery are just three reasons why many retailers are now calling the shots on both primary and secondary packaging. Three of the largest manufacturers help converters understand how they respond.
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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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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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Manual dumping station

Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) has developed a Manual Dumping Station configured for direct connection to flexible screw conveyors. It collects dust created during manual dumping of powder and bulk solid materials from bags, boxes, drums and other containers.
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Heat transfer decorates White Rock cans

This summer, White Rock Products began test marketing its Sioux City Sarsaparilla in a 12-oz aluminum can that's reportedly the first to use Avery Dennison's new Clear ADvantage(TM) Therimage(TM) decoration.
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Latin America: this can's for you

Since October, Bud drinkers across most of Latin America found the venerable brew in a fluted aluminum can. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is rolling out the new 12-oz, 211-dia can as a permanent replacement for standard cans of Budweiser in Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize.
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Beer label changes colors down under

Though common by now in the U.S., red lagers are new to Australia. So when Lloyd Products of Regency Park, Adelaide, Australia, launched its Red Ant lager last summer, it wanted packaging that would draw attention to this unusual product.

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