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PET soda bottle recycling rate drops

Figures from the American Plastics Council show that 41% of polyethylene terephthalate soda bottles were reycled in 1995. That ends four successive years in which the percentage increased, says the Container Recycling Institute (Washington, DC), a proponent of refillables and deposit laws.
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3M honors paper packaging innovations

"Last year, for the first time, consumers spent more money on food at foodservice outlets than at retail grocery stores, a trend that presents significant future opportunities for the packaging community." These comments from Robert Esse of Esse Technologies, (Monticello, MN) were made at 3M's (St.
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Standards of identity

Modern technologies and processes are producing new versions of familiar food products that are tastier, more healthful or more nutritious. But because their composition may change significantly, these foods may not be called by their traditional names under current Standards of Identity (SI).
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Bottle shape builds brand

Bottled water producer Avalon Beverage Company, Glen Allen, VA, is attempting to differentiate its imported spring water by switching from a stock to a custom proprietary PET bottle.
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Milk gets 'in your face'

Cow-spotted milk cartons invaded the province of Ontario for an eight-week period beginning Sept. 30 as the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Canada, launched a special promotion to boost milk sales.
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture (sidebar)

The perils of international sourcing
The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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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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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.
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Vendor training important to Pack Expo purchases

Training of operators and mechanics will play a big role in purchasing decisions, say attendees for Pack Expo 96 in Part Two of our exclusive survey.

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