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CR packaging matters

Child-resistant drug packaging saved the lives of an estimated 460 children ages 4 and under between 1974, when such packaging was introduced, and 1992, according to a new report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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Composite canister cuts costs

When a metal can supplier phased out the can sizes used by Beer Nuts, Inc. for its namesake snack, the Bloomington, IL-based snack company turned to composite canisters from Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
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Native American design for salmon

Juneau, Alaska-based Health Sea, Inc., and the Native American community of the Kake Tribal Corp. are counting on package design to successfully launch the Keta(TM) line of 99% fat-free smoked salmon products within four U.S.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Kolmar Laboratories, Inc. (Port Jervis, NY) has announced a new license agreement with Inglot Laboratories (Przemsyl, Poland) for the production, filling and assembly of color cosmetics and skin care products.
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Olestra label dispute

Procter & Gamble Co. and Frito-Lay, the nation's biggest snack manufacturer, are asking FDA to accept less explicit language in labeling requirements for products containing olestra, a fat replacement ingredient developed by P&G.
One of the bottling plant?s versatile video cameras is mounted high above the case packer; another camera is portable
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Interactive 'insurance'

These days, the word "interactive" is usually followed by either "Internet" or "web site." In the case of Coca-Cola Bottling of Chattanooga and Hartness Technologies (Greenville, SC), what's interactive is a unique audio and video system that links the production floor at the bottling company with the service technicians at Hartness' headquarters in Greenville, SC.
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Tortillas escape refrigeration!

Los Angeles-based Mission Foods chose the May 5-8 Food Marketing Institute show to unveil what it's calling the first modified atmosphere shelf-stable package for tortillas.
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Industry seeks major changes to EPA guides on enviro-preferred products

Major components like lifecycle analysis, third-party certification and objectionable characteristics are being challenged.
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New bottle adds nice touch

With the March restaging of its Ice Cap(TM) line, hair care product manufacturer Graham-Webb Intl., Plymouth, MN, became one of the first users of VelvaSoft(TM) packaging.
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IP sees growth in paper demand

Last year, U.S. linerboard capacity reached 24.2 million tons, posting a 5.9% gain over 1994 (see chart, below left). About one-fifth of this larger-than-expected increase was attributable to swing machines that switched from kraft paper to linerboard, and from new machinery producing at high rates, according to Thomas E.
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Coffee marketer launches shapely can

Shaped cans have attracted plenty of attention lately, particularly the cans tested by Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. in Europe (see PW, April '96, p.
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Closure combines directional pour with no-drip

Launched in February at Wal-mart stores nationwide, DowBrands' large 30-oz size of its Dow Smart Cleanser(TM) features a new Tab Top(TM) dispensing closure from Seaquist Closures (Mukwonago, WI).
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P-s film stock

Mobil Chemical, Films Div. (Pittsford, NY), has introduced Label-Lyte® 534. It's a top-coated film face stock for use in demanding p-s labeling situations.
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Motorized conveyor pulley

The Sparks/Dura-Drive(TM) 4.5" dia motorized pulley provides a 62% increase in radial load weight for belt conveyor systems, says manufacturer Sparks Belting (Grand Rapids, MI).
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USDA streamlines, too

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced two more steps toward deregulation of the meat and poultry industry. As of July 1, the burden of approval is reduced and labeling responsibility reverts back to companies.
Cushioned by inner and outer double-wall corrugated boxes separated by polyethylene foam pads, fully set up POS terminals provi
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No assembly required for IBM terminals

Defying traditional notions of protective packaging, IBM ships an all-in-one pack for preconfigured point-of-sale computer terminals. Customers no longer receive separately boxed components, escaping baffling product setup.
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LDPE drum liner

ValuLiner® VLN from New England Plastics (Woburn, MA) is a 15-mil, smooth-sided, 55-gal LDPE drum liner that folds flat and nests for easy storage, but shakes open to install inside drums without pushing or tugging.
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Brewing new markets

Last summer, Americans slurped down enough Blended Frappuccino(TM) iced coffee at Starbucks Coffee outlets to double the company's cold coffee sales.

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