Datacolor Intl. (Lawrenceville, NJ) an-nounced a new agent, Westglen Industries, Inc. (Milton, Ontario, Canada), to handle sales of quality control products in the paint, coatings, ink, and printing industries in Canada.
Freshness is essential to the products marketed by Nature's Herbs. So this American Fork, UT, manufacturer of herbal dietary supplements uses a variety of components in a system it calls FreshCare® to guarantee product freshness and potency.
Packaging lines have incorporated automatic checkweighers for so long the devices are easy to take for granted. But at Biocraft Corp. of Fairlawn, NJ, where powdered drugs are made and packaged for a variety of drug marketers, 100% checkweighing of all bottles is only a little more than a year old, having replaced a reli- able but more labor-intensive system of random checks.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make changes in its food labeling regulations and to prohibit dozens of specific claims that are now appearing on food packages.
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.
Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) has developed a new composite canister that allows coffee beans hot off the grinder to be packaged. This innovative opening feature incorporates a one-way pressure-release valve that allows CO2 to escape, eliminating the need for standard vacuum packaging.
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.
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.
As the buying habits of Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Clorox and People's Republic of China go, so goes the U.S. market for recycled packaging materials. Recycling capacity and changes in feedstock play major roles, too.