Del Monte Foods Sud Europa S.p.A. (San Felice sul Panaro, Italy) has found a way to go from heavy, stock polyethylene terephthalate bottles to lightweight proprietary designs and cut its bottle costs by two-thirds at the same time.
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Mearlin® Micro Pearls from Mearl (Briarcliff Manor, NY) is a new line of luster pigments for food-contact plastic packaging. Pigments consist of titanium and/or iron oxide-coated mica with a very fine particle size of 2 to 24 microns.
Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) has introduced two new HDPE resins for extruding or thermoforming that allow up to 20% faster cycle times and downgauging by as much as 10% compared to traditional HDPE resins.
Tredegar Film Products (Richmond, VA) has expanded its line of Monax®Plus oriented HDPE films to include six coextruded heat-sealable films for bag-in-box applications, slug wrap or sealant layers in laminations.
Polypropylene bottle earns top award by providing functionality and contact clarity for cocktail mixes sold for on-premise use. Other easy-to-use containers also won awards, as did containers differentiated by decoration.
A new rectangular paperboard can, new graphics, new glass jars, even some product reformulation, are all part of a major remake for Lipton powdered iced tea mix. New Natural Brew line aims at ready-to-drink market.