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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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Vendor partnerships on the rise

New research from PMMI shows why more packagers are forging special relationships or partnerships with materials and machinery vendors.
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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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Rounding out paperboard packages to set them apart

When product/packaging development teams turn to the subject of paperboard carton structures, the discussion is generally pretty "boxy." How long, wide and deep must the carton be to hold the product?
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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.
Sold in 539 Migros supermarkets in Switzerland, Sports+Fit isotonic drink comes in a bottle made of a low-NDC-level PET copolyme
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers

Superior thermal properties, chemical resistance, and high barrier to oxygen transmission have made PEN and other naphthalate-based materials irresistable for a hot-filled isotonic drink and for citrus juices.
Plano, TX-based Frito-Lay Co. will be among the first to shift to suggested FDA refrigeration statements on the labels of its To
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Refrigeration language guidance steams food companies

Many food packagers resist FDA guidance on more explicit labeling language for refrigerated foods.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Univation Technologies (Houston, TX), the joint venture of Union Carbide Corp. (Danbury, CT) and Exxon Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) for PE technology, licensing and catalyst supply, has opened for business worldwide.
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Gardeners get a friendlier fertilizer pack

"Now it's just shake and go." That's how Greg Moore of Agway, Inc., describes how much easier it is for home gardeners to dispense Agway's eight specialty fertilizers since the Syracuse, NY, firm switched from a bag-in-box approach to a rigid container with dispensing closure.
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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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PET bottle helps Campbell extend V8 brand

Campbell Soup Co. attracted considerable attention in early '96 when it launched a heat-set polyethylene terephthalate bottle for V8 vegetable juice (see PW, Apr.
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Encyclopedia updates packaging technology

"Ten years agoo/ooservo drives were for airplanes, sous vide was French for vacuum and Crown Cork and Seal was an also-ran in the world of can makers.
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Survey: training gap for packaging automation (sidebar)

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T&A hitches its wagon to a brand

Already a leading marketer of its own branded, value-added, fresh-cut produce, Tanimura & Antle took its fresh-cut program to a whole new level on April 28.
In this illustration, consumers rate how specific environmentally related packaging changes could influence their purchasing dec
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COPE takes environmental pulse

In one of its final tasks before disbanding at the end of 1996, the Council on Packaging in the Environment (COPE) released a Retrospective entitled "Taking the Environmental Pulse of the Consumer: A 4-Year Look." The COPE-funded study, conducted by the Environmental Research Associates (ERA), surveyed consumer opinions between 1993 and '96.
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Vibration trending

Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) has introduced a new, two-wire, loop-powered vibration transmitter for measuring vibration on plant machinery including pumps, fans, blowers, motors and mixers.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Amoco Chemicals (Chicago, IL), Magnetic Separation Systems, Inc. (Nashville, TN), Shell Chemical Co. (Akron, OH), and Wellman, Inc.
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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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