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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
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More mandates?

A downturn in plastics recycling markets could signal trouble for packagers. Some companies have stopped buying recycled plastics, inhibiting an already underdeveloped plastics recycling infrastructure.
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Bristol-Myers recalls birth control packages

In mid-January, New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb voluntarily recalled about 150ꯠ packages of its Ovcon® 35 birth control tablets due to a packaging snafu that might increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
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Packaging jobs on the line

Responding to Packaging 2000, our three-part series on packaging job skills, readers ascertain what will likely be necessary for packaging professionals in the new millenium.
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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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Supplier news: Achievements

Sharp Ivers-Lee (Conshohocken, PA) developed the BuSpar® 15mg Patient Starter Kit for Bristol-Myers Squibb, New York, NY, which received the Pharmaceutical Package of the Year Award and the Overall Package of the Year Award for 1996 from the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club, Clifton, NJ.
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No uniformity in changeover demands (sidebar)

Meet the modifiers
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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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Graphics suit Santa's Best coffee bag

In a two-month period ending in mid-January, Seattle's Best Coffee produced about 100ꯠ units of Santa's Best Blend(TM) 8-oz whole bean coffee.
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Pressure-sensitive adhesives

The latest technologies in waterborne, hot melt and solvent-type p-s adhesives for labels, graphics, medical and industrial applications are described in a brochure from National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ).
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Campbell tests home delivery program

Last month in Ohio, Campbell Soup Co. began testing its Intelligent Quisine concept. The three-meals-per-day, 10-week program includes more than 40 items-from sirloin beef tips to French toast with sausage to peanut butter bars-that are shipped via UPS to consumers' homes.
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Steel drum

Trilla Steel Drum (Chicago, IL) now manufactures a 55-gal steel drum with a reduced diameter, designed to fit more drums more compactly into ISO containers.
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Strategies for bar code printer/applicators

"The biggest mistake made in the deployment of label printer/applicators is to treat the purchase and installation of the applicator as a stand-alone piece of equipment, similar to sourcing a tabletop printer." So writes Dan Gilmore of Forte Industries (Mason, OH), a systems integrator, in a white paper entitled, Integrated Bar Code Printer/ Applicator Systems, Keys to Successful System Implementation.
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Reclosable label puts Andy Capp's into party size

Whether the motivation was to sell through club stores or just to offer a larger pack, GoodMark Foods, Raleigh, NC, has begun to use reclosable labels in a big way.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Sonoco Industrial Container (Marietta, GA) opened a plastic drum manufacturing facility in Hazelton, PA.
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
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Ulcer therapy pack touts ease of use

Introduced in December, Procter & Gamble's new Helidac(TM) ulcer eradication therapy is packaged in a 14-day cube-shaped "kit" designed to make the new three-drug prescription medication easy to take several times a day.
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PEF'S ANNUAL REPORT

The Packaging Education Forum has launched an "Annual Report on Packaging Education" to inform leading packaging companies about efforts to improve packaging's positive role in society through better education.

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