General industrial and automotive: gold to North Pak Palmer Container (Twinsburg, OH) and Ashland Chemical for an F-style can and spout for insulation adhesives; silver to Richards Packaging and Bardahl for a bottle and closure for a custom designed bottle for automotive chemicals; bronze to TricorBraun and Senoret Chemical for a bottle and dispensing closure for a pesticide.
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Nestlé Friskies Italia is the first globally to use a retortable carton from Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL). Commercialized in May for its new Friskies “Qualità Freschezza” petfood, the Tetra Recart™ technology is more than two years from a U.S.
Packaging seen at the National Hardware Show ranged from consumer-friendly packaging for data comm products to innovative film cubes for potting soil. The softer side of hardware was seen in a trend toward products packaged for females and light do-it-yourselfers.
International Paper (Purchase, NY) offers Serve-N-Seal™, a reclosable, pinch-bottom multiwall bag. The proprietary bag design incorporates a pull-tab card that can be lifted to open the bag and create a convenient pour spout.
Lebanon Seaboard is among the first to use a patented new stand-up bag concept called the Lincube® Bag from Linpac Packaging Solutions (Austell, GA). Since December, the Lebanon, PA, firm has sold three varieties of its bird seed in the stand-up bag in Maryland and Virginia. Other markets will follow.