It must depend on who is asked. GMA claims that an "overwhelming majority of consumers" read food labels, and that 63% of consumers find the nutritional information on the label to be "easier to understand." However, a survey by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Prevention Magazine reported that most food shoppers are not familiar with the new nutrition label.
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The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
August was a one-month promotion period featuring two special packages from Pepsi-Cola Co. In convenience stores and gas marts nationwide, the Somers, NY-based firm launched 16-oz "Slam Cans" of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
Fenton, Weber & Jones' (Tonawanda, NY) 2-oz Elise oval tube for the cosmetics and personal care industries is now available with Seaquist Closures' (Mukwonago, WI) 15-mm flat-lid smooth-wall butterfly closure.
In mid-July, U.K.-based joint venture Carlsberg-Tetley PLC introduced Tetley's Draught beer in 500-mL aluminum cans. The brew's new can graphics sport cream colors that depict the decorative huntsman roundel popular on beer taps in British pubs.
Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tona-wanda, NY) has reintroduced its 4-oz Silique oval for personal care products and soaps or waxes. The tri-layer tube consists of a layer of HDPE surrounded by a layer of LDPE on each side for improved barrier and product flow.
Pillar Technologies' (Hartland, WI) Universal corona treater is sized for retrofitting on numerous press configurations. Permits user purchase of a single station for treatment of both metallized and nonmetallized film.
Amoco Chemical's (Chicago, IL) new brochure compares polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) to PET. It contains fabrication information on PEN containers and describes suggested fabrication conditions for injection molding preforms.
Rated at 450 can/min speeds, CarnaudMetalbox Engineering's (Norwalk, CT) 5500 combination can bodymaker/trimmer enables canmakers to operate at high speeds and improve downstream handling with cleaner trims.