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by 330ꯠ tons/yr. Amoco Polymers will increase its PP capacity by 250ꯠ tons/yr at its Chocolate Bayou chemical plant near Alvin, TX.
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Box boosts sales

An attractive dark green chipboard box topped with a clear lid of thermoformed polyvinyl chloride has already boosted orders this year for the Copper Mermaid line of Americana brass ornaments from Pen & Inc., Concord, NH.
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Zipper boosts sales of bagged carrots

After introducing a reclosable zipper for its 2- and 5-lb bags of peeled baby carrots last March, Grimmway Farms of Bakersfield, CA, saw its sales jump, says marketing manager Patty Boman.
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Moisture indicator cards

Humonitor® Humidity Indicator Cards display the relative humidity percentage, up to 60%, within a sealed container or closed space. The expanded line from Multisorb Technologies (Amherst, NY) now includes single-dot, three-dot, four-dot and six-dot cards that change color from blue to pink to indicate an unsealed container and/or damaging level of humidity.
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Fisher Design, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) opened a satellite office in San Francisco, CA.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ITW Meritex (Arlington, TX) received the 1996 Supplier Excellence Award from the Semiconductor Group of Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX.
While these former PP bottles (above) earned recognition from NACD last year, they didn1t provide the clarity that the new PET v
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Bottle drinks from the stream of technology

American Beverage Marketers warm-fills its Finest Call cocktail mixes into new PET bottles, then injects liquid nitrogen. The LN2 prevents bottle paneling and helps to extend shelf life. The PET bottle replaces PP, providing greater clarity and appeal for the product's introduction to the retail market.
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Pharmaceutical components

Pharmaceutical and ophthalmologic packaging components produced by Resilam of Barcelona, Spain, are available through Empire Bottle (Buffalo, NY).
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Injection molding resins

A new brochure from Millennium Petrochemicals (Cincinnati, OH) provides physical property data on the Petrothene® line of HDPE, LLDPE and LDPE resins for injection molding.
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Temperature-sensitive film for fresh produce

Apio Inc. Value Added Group of Guadalupe, CA, is among the first companies to use a new technology for fresh-cut produce packaging. Developed by Landec (Menlo Park, CA), the Intellipac(TM) technology is based on an unusual "side chain crystallizable" polymer having an internal "temperature switch." At elevated temperatures, when respiring produce needs more oxygen, the polymer becomes more permeable, allowing the necessary oxygen in.
High gloss is one of the characteristics of calendered plastic sheet (above) that makes it appealing to thermoformers. The speci
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics

Consistent sheet thickness and economics make calendered plastics appealing to thermoformers. How are plastics calendered? What are the current developments in calendering? Packaging World takes a look.
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Seal integrity testing

A portable vacuum chamber from Hooper Eng. (Sarasota, FL) is designed for testing seal integrity in high-pressure environments. Can be used with most types of packages, including medical device and food packaging.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Mobil Chemical Co., Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) will use a new orienter to help boost its annual OPP packaging and labeling film capacity by 33 million lb at its Kerkrade, The Netherlands, plant.
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers (sidebar)

Beer in PET, PEN bottles studied
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Freeze-dried veggies enjoy PVOH shield

A 0.84-mil oriented polypropylene with a coating of polyvinyl alcohol plays a key role in the distribution of Veggibles(TM), a novel freeze-dried vegetable snack from Beverly Hills Farmers Market.
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HDPE containers

Containers suitable for tablets, powders and liquids are available from Clinton Packaging (St. Louis, MO). The blow-molded HDPE Eurotainer comes in five tamper-evident sizes with a 36-mm neck finish: 20 mL, 35 mL, 50 mL, 100 mL and 150 mL; and two child-resistant containers in 30- and 60-mL sizes with a 26-mm finish.
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Mass. bill opposed

Industry is marshalling its forces to fight yet another tough environmental bill in the Massachusetts Senate. The Massachusetts Citizens Right-to-Know bill would require warning labels for consumer products whose contents or packaging contain carcinogens, mutagens, endocrine disrupters, neurotoxins and any chemicals causing serious or irreversible health effects in humans.
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Can lines to dwindle; can recycling rates up

The number of can lines producing two-piece drawn-and-ironed aluminum cans for beer and beverages in the U.S. will drop 15%, from 178 to 151, between 1996 and 2001.

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