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Pepsi's packaging blitz

August was a one-month promotion period featuring two special packages from Pepsi-Cola Co. In convenience stores and gas marts nationwide, the Somers, NY-based firm launched 16-oz "Slam Cans" of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
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Great Neck stretches for 'virtual packaging'

Hand tool manufacturer Great Neck Saw provides customers with digital color prints that vividly depict a package's on-the-shelf appearance-before the pack is created.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Carlisle Plastics (Minneapolis, MN) has been named recipient of Wal-Mart's Vendor/Partner Award of Excellence.
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Stretch wrapping system

Based on the company's heavy-duty H-Series(TM) stretch wrapping system, Lantech's (Louisville, KY) Automatic Corner Post and Stretch Wrapping System produces finished or display-ready loads at speeds to 40 loads/hr.
Premier Plastics uses two labeling \"systems\" to apply front and side labels for two sizes of Mallards Food Products' ginger st
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Labelers stir fry a skillet of savings

California converter blow molds and labels containers for packer of ginger stir fry sauce sold at supermarkets and club stores. Set-up and operation video trains operators on labeler use.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors for increasing prices
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Foodservice product hits club stores

When Buffalo, NY-based food producer Rich Products decided to downsize its cinnamon raisin biscuits from a foodservice to a retail package, it faced two key challenges.
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The art of bar coding

Fearing a UPC bar code would spoil the label design of their new Harmony Internationals line of ethnic snack food mixes, the marketers at Glico Harmony Foods created a clever way to make the often intrusive and sometimes unsightly bars part of the art.
A 70-micron oriented PP sleeve label is applied to the filled and capped PET bottle prior to proceeding through a shrink tunnel
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Purity pervades Gleneagles' filling process

From natural springs to cleanroom filling conditions, Gleneagles ensures product purity that can be seen in glass-like PET.
Many retailers order small quantities to minimize inventories, as these stacked pallets of corrugated cases suggests
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First Brands bags labor, freight savings

New logistics software helps First Brands configure retail display pallets cost efficiently, lowering labor and freight costs by 50% and 30%, respectively.
In the packer, four jugs are being pushed onto the case blank before it?s folded and glued
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Arcadia takes major step in production

Juice and drink bottler upgrades case packing for high output, even outstripping what its palletizer can handle. A new palletizer is on the list; so is improved bottle feeding.
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TE pails

The EZ Cover(TM) by Ropak (Fullerton, CA) features a TE tear tab and peel strip for rigid plastic pails that can be removed without tools. Available for Ropak's square and round pails, with or without a flowed-in gasket.
The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
At Jugos? Mexico City plant, overwrapped trays of glass bottles of juices (above) are being produced at the bottling line?s sp
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Mexican juices packed to U.S. standards

Tray packs of cans and bottles wrapped in shrink film allow Jugos del Valle to compete both in Mexico and in the post-NAFTA U.S. markets.
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Software systems 'pop' big savings for Weaver

Computer software helps Weaver Popcorn improve pallet patterns and downsize corrugated shippers. The result is savings of thousands in freight and material costs.
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Neck band quenches thirst for savings

A heat-shrinkable polyvinyl chloride neck band, used by New Orleans, La.-based Sirocco Enterprises to package Pat O'Brien's(TM) cocktail drink mixes, has reduced material costs and increased sales.
When counterfeiters can reproduce holograms like those that appear on Microsoft?s packaging, it?s almost impossible to police pi
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Chesebrough decision strips away protection

If an appellate court decision stands, protection has narrowed for trade dress in packaging. P&G's newest suits could prove troublesome.
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Inventive use of OPP

When the Price Club chain asked the Quebec Division of Toronto-based Daltons Inc. to begin supplying its line of nuts and dried fruits in a high-barrier reclosable package, Daltons agreed.

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