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New containers are helping Nestlé?s powdered milk mixes stand out internationally. In the U.K., a new hot chocolate drink mi
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Nestlé puts new faces on mix containers

A multi-material oval can in the U.K., a twin-pack of pouches in Switzerland, and a high-density polyethylene oval in the U.S. each deliver kid-oriented retail punch for Nestlé's powdered milk mixes.
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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.
When designing graphics for boxes, packaging engineers at Hewlett-Packard?s 92 worldwide manufacturing plants can download origi
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Hewlett-Packard widens its packaging net

HP uses a mix of Internet and intranet technology to communicate with suppliers and distribute packaging information to HP packaging people worldwide.
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Square bottle

The Square Packer bottle from Smith Container (Forest Park, GA) is a 1-oz HDPE square bottle. The bottle has a 24/400 finish modified with "E" and "H" dimensions to accommodate CR closures.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

National Starch and Chemical Co. (Bridgewater, NJ): Traci Jensen, mktg. mgr., food and consumer packaging.
Samples of the Marineland and Aquatech branded bags depict the products in action, reproduced in four-color process printing.
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Aquaria's new 'bait' catches more customers

New graphics on new bags packed in a new way have dramatically improved the look of aquarium filter packs. The appearance catches on with more retailers, too.
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Returnable hot melt totes

National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) now offers its hot melt adhesives in returnable totes to simplify material handling operations and reduce waste.
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Ciba slashes costs with flexible pack

Ciba Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC, reduced its packaging costs by more than half after switching to a custom 25-lb premade bag for its granular ant bait product used by farmers.
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Tube filler/sealer

DT Kalish's (Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada) Kx 1100 tube filler and sealer uses quick-release handles for quick changeovers. Designed for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications, it reaches speeds to 110 metal tubes/min when crimping, or 92/min, when plastic laminated tubes are being hot-air sealed.
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Hot melt with desiccant

DesiMax(TM) SLF (sorbent loaded film) from Multisorb Technologies (Buffalo, NY) uses a patent-pending technology for blending desiccants into a variety of hot melts so that moisture can be adsorbed into packaging.
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Sara Lee puts its brand on take-home foods

Look out Boston Market!
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Dietary supplements

By the end of April, FDA must set a "reasonable deadline" for publishing a final rule on proposed health claims for dietary supplement labels, ruled a U.S.
Operating right on the deck of the ship in some of the most punishing conditions possible, this vacuum packaging system cranks o
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Value-added packaging goes to sea

Seattle fish processor vacuum packs salmon right on board its two ships for sale to Japanese markets. Now there's no need to thaw and refreeze, so quality is improved.
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No uniformity in changeover demands (sidebar)

Meet the modifiers
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The Web: still searching for relevancy

For many packaging professionals, today's Internet experience is both irritating and irrelevant. In our view, that's because packagers have been deluded into wasting time searching for data that's not there rather than focusing on finding what is likely to be "enWebbed." Packagers who log on to the Web to find a piece of market data, for instance, "how much aluminum foil was sold in the U.S.
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Iron warnings

Unit dose packaging is now required for any solid dosage product containing more than 20 milligrams of iron per dosage unit, under a new FDA regulation.
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Final score for '96: Productivity gains 41, productivity losses 6

Of 516 responses to the 1997 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator Survey, more than four in ten (41%) report productivity improvements in 1996, compared to just 6% who say their companies experienced losses in productivity.
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Bowl prompts 'Super' packages

The popularity of the Super Bowl again found manufacturers romancing consumers through promotional packaging. Minneapolis-based General Mills, for example, continued its commemorative packaging for the event with what Wheaties® brand marketing manager Jay Heflin describes as "breakthrough packaging." Heflin refers to five Super Bowl Super Replay Motion Cards on specially marked boxes of Wheaties, Crispy Wheaties 'N Raisins(TM) and Honey Frosted Wheaties®.

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