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National bottle bill?

Sen. James Jeffords (R-VT) once again has introduced a bill requiring all beer, water and soft drink containers sold in the U.S. to carry a 10¢ deposit.
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Drum reconditioning

National Packaging Services (Ridgefield, NJ) can retest and recondition stainless-steel drums to meet U.N. packaging specifications for hazardous materials.
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Labeling updates

Following is a brief wrap-up of recent labeling-related news: * FDA has established January 1, 2000, as the single effective date for required label changes issued during 1997.
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Life-cycle analysis gains political cachet

The President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD), having received a new lease on life, will be pushing ahead with its efforts to proselytize on behalf of "Extended Product Responsibility (EPR)," a concept that has numerous implications for users of packaging.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 certification: Toray Plastics (America), Inc. (N. Kingstown, RI) for its Lumirror Div.; Sonoco Industrial Container Division's (Marietta, GA) fiber drum production plant; Atlantis Plastics, Inc.
J.R. Simplot?s Martin Greenbank (below left) and distributor representative Bob Scott make an adjustment to the checkweigher con
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Checkweighers improve accuracy by 75% on cases containing bagged frozen french fries for foodservice.
Shown here is a carton photographed with a digital camera using different lighting and filter combinations. The photo on the rig
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Setting up shop (sidebar)

Invisible bar codes
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Pouches stand up around the globe

Stand-up pouch development is on the march (see Kellogg item, top of page). Among the possibilities are pouches with ribs for gripping, pouches with new styles of drinking/dispensing spouts, and, on the airlines, pouches prized for making substantial source and weight reduction possible.
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Speed and flexibility sought in equipment

A combination of speed with flexibility was cited as the most often selected approach to buying new equipment. So reports the research into packaging productivity conducted by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) that will be made public at PMMI's Productivity Forum, April 28 to 30, at the Wyndham Hotel near Chicago.
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Del Monte adds zest to salsa containers

San Francisco-based Del Monte Foods is taking an innovative tack to woo salsa consumers away from more established brands. The company is reportedly the first to use a three-panel, promotional fold-out label from Sonoco Engraph Label Group (Atlanta, GA).
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Jugos debuts juice in 2-L cartons in Mexico

The first 2-L aseptic carton for juices and drinks in Mexico has been introduced by Jugos del Valle, S.A. de C.V., Mexico City. The Pour 'n Seal® carton produced by Combibloc Inc.
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Packaging rediscovers the language of touch

New packages from Coca-Cola Co. (Atlanta, GA) and Matrix Essentials, Inc. (Solon, OH) provide dramatic evidence that the importance of a package's tactile quality is making a dramatic U.S.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Exxon Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) will increase its LLDPE capacity by 245ꯠ tons/yr at its Mont Belvieu, TX, plastics plant by mid-1998.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Greif Bros. Corp. (Delaware, OH) has agreed to purchase the Merced, CA, and Oakville, Ontario, Canada, steel drum manufacturing facilities of Southcorp Packaging USA, Inc.
Machine operator Martha Johnson evaluates finished bottles slated for overseas distribution as they move along the line at the O
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Bottles grow 'greener' with PCR

It took three years of development work, HDPE bottles produced for Clorox household cleaners by Owens-Brockway now incorporate 25% PCR material.
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Conveying a premium image for Sunkist

Private label orange juice producer Lykes-Pasco, based in Dade City, FL, hopes that by licensing the Sunkist brand name and using it prominently on its package, it can be successful with a new premium-branded orange juice.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Quantum Chemical Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) began commercial production of Petrothene® LLDPE at its plant in La Porte, TX.
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Compact cartoner

The Series 460 compact cartoning machine from Scandia Packaging Machinery (Clifton, NJ) uses the Rapid Adjustment Package (RAP) for rapid changeovers of carton sizes.

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