The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged toy industry retail giant Toys 'R' Us with exacting heavy-handed agreements from toy manufacturers that dictate how toys should be packaged for different accounts.
In May, French fruit juice company Pampryl began selling 11 varieties of aseptically filled juice and nectar within France in a 1-L plastic bottle. The bottle maintains the 12-month unrefrigerated shelf life of its glass predecessor.
CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.
The EZ-Skin/Trim Combo from Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH) combines a skin packaging line with hydraulic die-cutting in one space-saving frame. The machine operates hydraulically and does not require an external air supply.
Bottles combining upscale graphics, convenient dispensing and, in at least one instance, post-consumer resin sandwiched between virgin layers, helped Phoenix-based Dial Corp's Consumer Products Group introduce K"y"(TM) Nature's Creative Energy personal care products early this year.
Color on-demand labeling does not necessarily have to mean dedicated color printing hardware or costly color ribbon media. Chicago-based shoe retailer Chernin's Shoes has been producing color thermal labels since January with nothing more than a standard direct-thermal label printer.
Hartness (Greenville, SC) has introduced the OctoPack(TM) continuous-motion case packer. It packs plastic or glass containers of most shapes and sizes into a range of case types, including RSCs, corrugated trays, tab lock trays, and soft drink or dairy-type cases with or without partitions, of any depth.
White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) has unveiled a new, eight-page color brochure providing an overview of the refreshment beverage and closure business, with articles on sales trends and marketing techniques.
In preparation for a discussion on international eco-labeling standards, a coalition of 12 associations organized by the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), is advocating standards similar to the "Green Guides" of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Pity the printer/applicator that must withstand NutraSweet Kelco's Augusta, GA, aspartame plant. The artificial sweetener used in diet soft drinks is a granular substance that creates a harsh, dusty environment that's brutal on packaging equipment.
Two new in-line screw capping machines from The New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) have received USDA listings for food packaging operations. Designed for medium-speed applications, the NRC-30-HES-MP can apply caps at speeds to 150 containers/min.
Almac Conveyor Co. Ltd. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) and General Conveyor Co. Ltd. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) have entered into a joint venture to offer a wider range of products while remaining separate companies.