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Both Molson Ice and Coors Extra Gold beers have added the alcohol content by volume to their labels, albeit subtly. Will others
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Alcohol content labels coming to a head

The BATF is set to issue a proposal on how alcohol content can appear on beer labels. Many brewers strongly oppose mandatory labeling.
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape (sidebar)

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Side by side, the true contour (right) has a convex label panel that requires a shrinkable label. The straight-wall contour (le
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape

Coca-Cola's 'true contour' PET bottle is a big success in several parts of Mexico. Promotora blow-molding plant decorates with a shrink label of OPP applied with glue.
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Coffee beverage sparkles in test

Mazagran sparkling coffee, the first product of a joint venture between Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. and Somers, NY-based Pepsi-Cola Co., has made its debut in Southern California.
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In-line laminating/packaging

Laminform® System, a turnkey integrated modified atmosphere packaging system from Redex (Schaumburg, IL) and James River (Milford OH), laminates barrier films with other substrates needed and then sends the lamination to a form/fill/seal machine that's in-line with laminating.
This diagram illustrates the flow of resin from dryer, to booster units, to preform molding, to preform conditioning, to blow m
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Single-stage is on stage at Coke plant

Coca-Cola Company's commitment to bringing consumers the packages they want has helped make this plant in Poland special. Integrated injection molding of PET preforms and stretch/blow molding of bottles was a first in the vast Coke empire.
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Liquid packaging brochure

Horix Mfg. (McKees Rocks, PA) offers literature on its expanded line of packaging machinery in these full color brochures. Horix technology incorporates unscramblers, rinsers, fillers, cappers, labelers, packers, wrappers, storage silos, vibratory extractors, automatic elevators, and conveyor systems.
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USDA wants disclosure on poultry ingredients labeling

On November 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a final ruling requiring packagers of hot dogs, bologna, and sausage to be more forthcoming in the ingredients statement if their products contain chicken or turkey meat.
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Stand-up pouch form/fill/seal system

The ITD 2000 horizontal f/f/s system from LM Packaging (West Redding, CT) forms, fills and seals stand-up pouches with Doyen-style gussets at speeds over 100/min.
These 8-oz bottles of milk-it! brand milk in six-packs will debut in January in Orlando. Inset shows close-up of the bottle?s
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Fresh milk flirts with 'value added' packaging

Extrusion blown of LDPE and topped with a unique closure injection molded of the same material, this new package could give milk a whole new single-serve image.
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Tear tape

Linear Products (Vancouver, WA) has introduced 1/4" Sesame® Tape Plus tear tape. When applied to corrugated boxes, it enables retailers, consumers or industrial suppliers to open boxes without a knife.
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Kraft does double detection

While twin-lane metal detection equipment and pipeline detectors are not uncommon, it is unusual to find them both on the same packaging line. Kraft Jacobs Suchard wanted two systems in its Liverpool, England facility for a new high-speed filling line for Vitalite margarine.
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Digital servo drive

Indramat (Wood Dale, IL) has introduced the DKR digital AC servo drive for multi-axis converting applications that require both high power and high accuracy, such as unwinding/rewinding, rotary die cutting and flexographic printing.
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Breaking the speed limit

With what's touted to be one of the first four-lane end conversion presses in the world, Korean canmaker Hanil Can Co. has revved up to never-before-seen speeds of 2군 can ends per minute on its new can end manufacturing line.
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Coupon/booklet placer

A single-head reciprocating placer from Massman Automation Designs (Villard, MN) is designed to place booklets, leaflets, coupons or promotional pieces onto composite cans at speeds to 400/min.
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Heublein 'autographs' a clear winner

Decanter for Smirnoff vodka will lead retailers into the holiday season. Crystal-like bottle and stopper signal reuse with the Smirnoff signature in view. Most sales command a premium price.
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Vertical bagger

The Model V-250 vertical f/f/s bagger from Rovema (Lawrence-ville, GA) packs most free-flowing products, including granulates and powders, at speeds to 80 bpm.
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Alcohol content labels coming to a head

Bottle bordom: Can beverage bottles be more innovative?

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