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McCormick Place becomes food 'store'

The Worldwide Food Expo '97 combines the efforts of U.S. dairy, meat and food processing associations at McCormick Place in Chicago. Attracted also by technical seminars and other meetings, nearly 35ꯠ are expected October 30 to November 2.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) has formed a joint venture with Sentinel Products Corp. (Hyannis, MA) to design, develop, manufacture, market and sell extruded polyolefin and engineered metallocene films globally.
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Sunscreen labeling

Consumers may not realize that there are no official government standards for sunscreen protection and its labeling. Proposed rules issued by FDA, which treats sunscreen as an OTC product, have become de facto guidelines adopted by sunscreen manufacturers, with compliance high.
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Water, motor oil in stand-up pouches

In the U.S., stand-up pouches continue to gain acceptance in a variety of applications (see stories, p. 18 and 58). Yet with few exceptions, manufacturers and consumers haven't been very enthusiastic about these packages for liquids.
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Stand-up pouch stands out on the shelf

Canadian marketer of coffee, nuts and spices jumps ahead of the competition by installing a versatile pouching system for nuts and coffees. Private-label packaging beckons.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Hoechst Specialty Chemicals Group (Charlotte, NC) has merged into Clariant Intl. Ltd. (Muttenz, Switzerland) to form the Clariant Masterbatches Div., to be headquartered in Easton, MD.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Anderson Packaging (Rockford, IL): Ed Hancock, president, Pharmaceutical Div.; Tom Baca, president, Oral Care and Household Products Div.
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Fen/phen warnings

FDA announced it plans to require warnings on labels of the popular prescription diet drug "fen/phen" after receiving reports that the drug combination can cause serious damage to heart valves.
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Pleasing consumers with unexpected packaging

Around our way, a Coca-Cola vending machine at the Cleveland Zoo recently surprised my wife and me by delivering a 20-oz contour PET bottle after forcefully pulling a dollar bill out of our hands.
Plastic closure components, like those on this Prin two-part container from Merck, may require more back-up data from suppliers
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FDA guidance for closures opens can of worms

Pharmaceutical packagers will have to ride a much tighter herd on suppliers if draft guidance is issued. Additional extraction studies and food additive petitions may inflate packaging costs.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

W.R. Grace Co. (Boca Raton, FL) has entered an agreement to combine its packaging business with Sealed Air Corp. (Saddle Brook, NJ), forming a new company, retaining the Sealed Air name and headquarters.
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U.S. materials consumption to grow modestly

The consumption of U.S. packaging materials is expected to grow at a moderate rate of 3.2% annually through 2001, according to the new third edition of the Rauch Guide to the U.S.
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Show spotlight seeks middle ground

MIDPAK '97 takes the stage October 21-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. A full conference program and a medical exhibition combine to offer packagers a range of options.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) formed a new division, Packaging Automation, which will focus on picking, packing and palletizing robotic system solutions for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
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Canned marketing

Last month it was Pepsi/Frito-Lay snacks in a can for vending machines (see PW, Sept. '97, p. 4). What else does the future hold for automated vending?
A semi-automatic filler improves accuracy during filling of 1-qt cartons (left and inset
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Filler enables DriWater to eject rejects

Auger filler more accurately fills 1-qt paperboard cartons containing DriWater, a time-release liquid gel for areas where water is scarce. Greater fill accuracy reduces product and packaging material waste, and labor costs.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) intends to purchase Sentrachem Ltd. (Johannesburg, South Africa), a producer of specialty and agricultural chemicals, as well as PP, PE, latex and rubber products.

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