Contract packaging news & trends


Beverage company invests in new bottles, labeler

Since its inception in 1992, Tradewinds beverages has seen three different bottle designs, with the most recent hitting store shelves in mid-April.
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The filler handles viscous product such as this wallpaper cleaning fluid
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Filling on a budget

Economical pressure filler is easy to operate and handles viscous product for start-up contract packager GLH Industries.
Vividly decorated three-dimensional comp boxes for computer games such as these have helped Eidos sway retail buyers to stock th
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Eidos plays no games in making package comps

Colorful game box comps produced digitally help Eidos Interactive sell computer games to retail buyers before boxes are created for production.

Luxurious look for premium products

A new line of Log Cabin syrups and pancake mixes fills a gap in the marketplace between mainstream brands and high-priced specialty brands, says Ed Yuhas, director of con-sumer marketing for Aurora Foods, Columbus, OH.

Nestlé deploys in-line pouch shaping

Nestlé France S.A. is pushing the bounds of stand-up pouch shaping technology with a contour pouch for Nescafé instant coffee. Available only in Europe, the 100-g pouch is shaped like the Nescafé glass jar because it's positioned as a refill for the jar.
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Buying plans strong for '99

Purchasing plans for packaging machinery will outpace inflation in '99, says a survey conducted for PMMI. Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage businesses see biggest gains, while three industries expect declines.
Bottle finish diagrams and plastic resin characteristies are two examples of hands-on packaging knowledge offered at Berlin Pack
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Capsule reviews

Here are a few brief reviews of packaging-related Web sites. Lasertechnics (Albuquerque, NM), located at, has a site that makes a basic, though well-written, pitch for laser coding.
Mead Johnson?s use of the nonround paper/foil canister marked the second commercial application of this new package. While th
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Unconventional packaging fuels a product launch

A nonround canister and a 12-count 'purse pack' are the package formats chosen by Mead Johnson to launch a new kind of calcium supplement called Viactiv.

Hansen's joins the trend toward PET

Attention-grabbing labels on heat-set bottles injection stretch/blow-molded of polyethylene terephthalate are helping Hansen's® Healthy Start(TM) juices get off to a healthy start in the marketplace.
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PC control grows up

Contract packager Beverage Capital becomes one of the first users of a 78-valve liquid filler controlled by a single PC. Benefits include ease of use, faster troubleshooting.


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