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P-s film facestocks

FLEXcon (Spencer, MA) and Valéron Strength Films (Houston, TX) have introduced Valeron/ PS(TM) film face-stocks for p-s applications. They're suited for steel marking, drum labels and other applications that require printability and high strength in harsh outdoor environments.
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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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High-slip film and sheet

PETG 31 is a new high-slip polyester film and sheet from Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonville, VA) with an internal denesting additive that provides easy, silicone-free removal from molds and separation of thermoformed parts.
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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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Foam-in-bag system

The SpeedyPacker(TM) foam-in-bag packaging system from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) dispenses Instapak® foam into a bag to create protective cushioning.
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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.
A galvanized steel cage permits Pepper Source personnel to see through to the inner HDPE liner to gauge product level
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IBC serves up savings for sauce maker

Pepper Source reduces its packaging and distribution costs with a reusable bulk container that saves in both shipping and receiving, says maker of sauces, marinades and glazes.
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And the envelopes, please.

The Tube Council of North America announced its 1996 Tube of the Year Award winners on January 9. Named Laminate Tube of the Year was Rembrandt® Mint Flavor Toothpaste, marketed by Den Mat Corp.
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Sonoco Industrial Container (Marietta, GA) opened a plastic drum manufacturing facility in Hazelton, PA.
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Recycling program

Schutz Container Systems, Inc. (North Branch, NJ) announced a program for the return, refurbishment and reuse of IBCs in North America. The Schutz IBC North American Ticket is patterned after a similar IBC program Schutz established in Europe in 1993 called Euroticket.
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Paper void fill

Diamond Pak(TM) packaging from FP Intl. (Redwood City, CA) is made from recycled kraft paper. When inserted into a Diamond Pak dispenser, it produces compressed sheets with diamond-shaped die-cuts within accordion pleats.
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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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Bulk bag discharger

A new bulk bag discharger from Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) delivers bulk material directly into containers, filling machines or process equipment in preselected amounts.
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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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United Distillers bulks up on savings (sidebar)

Case taper flies at United Distillers
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Bulk food containers

Richards Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) offers 1-lb, 500-mL, and 100-mL molds for PET containers suitable for spices and bulk foods.
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Bang the drum carefully (sidebar)

Use of regrind in plastic drums could lower prices

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