Stakeholders in the recent machinery upgrade at Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus GmbH & Co. KG.
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German brewer upgrades

The Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus GmbH & Co. KG brewery, headquartered in Germany’s Lower Bavarian village of Moos, has brought its bottling operations up to the very latest state of the art.
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QUALITY INSPECTION. An inspection system immediately following the monobloc rinser/filler/capper on Line 9 (left) inspects the package fill level and cap placement. The same system is also used on Lines 8 and 10.
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Diageo invests $120M in three new bottling lines

Diageo expands its Plainfield, IL, bottling facility with three new high-speed lines, including a 300-bpm glass bottle line and a 260-bpm filling line for PET flasks.
CRISP PRINT. Operations and Marketing professionals alike are impressed with the clean, crisp print now carried on the labels since the new laser coding systems (shown) were installed.
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New look and laser coding for Baileys

Diageo produces up to 7 million cases of Baileys cream liqueur each year. A striking new design featuring pressure-sensitive labels is aimed squarely at the brand’s 'adorers.'
Lightweighted PET bottle went from 33 to 24 g.
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Coca-Cola Amatil wins awards for PET bottle

Coca Cola Amatil has won the 2013 Australian Packaging Design Award as well as a 2013-2014 Worldstar award from the World Packaging Organization with a lightweighted PET bottle.
Closeup (above) shows air rinsing.
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BBQ sauce/salad dressing line built on best in class

Faced with rapid growth—driven by the popularity of its Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce—Ken’s Foods is adding new lines where needed. The Las Vegas plant has the latest.
Servo-driven case packer
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A switch to plastic at Beam

PET bottles for Beam’s spirits bring a revamped packaging line to the Frankfort, KY, plant. Unscrambler, vision inspection, and wraparound case packer are all new.
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Water brand infused with environmental reverence

A carefully chosen packaging design facilitated by a state-of-the-art bottling plant offers consumers a window to the soul of a natural artesian water brand from Panama.
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Flip-top, tight-close caps stop drips and overflows

Salad dressing maker opts for consumer-convenient, easy-flow, flip-top dispenser caps and gets reliable, on-time delivery.
Wodka
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Polish distiller employs traditional packaging for premium vodka in U.S.

Relic bottle and tattered label used to launch Wódka, marketed as a premium rye vodka sold at an honest price.
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New PET condiment packaging

Best Maid Products Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, is a leading Southwest regional supplier of pickle/relish products and dressings for retail and foodservice markets.
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Glass is gold for salsa sales

Red Gold's move from steel to glass jars pushes sales up 15%.
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Bone health in a juice bottle

In July 2008, Cincinnati-based Elations Co., began national rollout of its line of juice-based dietary supplement drinks in 8-oz Heat-Tek® PET bottles from Ball Corp. (www.ball.com).
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New malt beverage receives distinctive triple label

In July 2006, FEMSA Cerveza, Mexico City, Mexico, introduced “Soul Citric,” a flavored malt beverage (FMB) with citric extracts, through its “OXXO” convenience store chain. Following that successful launch, the product was rolled into large supermarket chains throughout Mexico in January 2007.
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That's a wrap

Six servo-driven shrink-bundling machines help a pickle company transition out of corrugated reshippers and into tray packing.
SERVO INTEGRATION. K2 milled the labeler's bottle table (above) to accept these quick-change modular servo cartridges that contr
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Servos bring flexibility to re-engineered labeler

Integrated servo motor/drives on the rotating carousel of a 12-station labeler permit nearly limitless bottle size changeovers.
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Forging ahead with low-acid aseptics

Aseptic Solutions is poised to become just the second beverage manufacturer in the U.S. capable of filling milk-based, low-acid products on a high-speed rotary filler.
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Martinelli is juiced about apple-shaped bottle

DuPont Awards’ 19th editionThe 19th annual DuPont Awards Competition once again shines the spotlight on innovation in packaging. From 135 entries, 26 packs received awards.
LANE COMBINING. Printed film is applied in register (above) to a 24-count tray of bottles. Three lanes of freshly blown bottles
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Le-Nature's looks west

In a sparkling new plant in Phoenix, this ambitious beverage maker produces PET preforms and blows its own bottles. Line 3 features an inline blow/fill approach. 
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Bouillon goes to logistics-friendly PET jars

Unilever Foods North America, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, has converted its Hispanic line of Knorr-brand chicken-, beef-, and tomato-flavored granular bouillon products from glass jar packaging to PET jars in four sizes (100g, 225g, 450g and 1-kilo).
This drawing illustrates the top-floor-to-shop-floor communications network that unites Arla's new dairy into a tightly integrat
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A batch processing approach to packaging

Arla Foods’ automated order system lets production orders flow through its new fresh-milk bottling lines in batches.
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Beer bottles get glow-in-dark label glam

Global brewer SABMiller plc is using glow-in-the-dark, pressure-sensitive clear film labels from Spear for a special promotion of Miller Genuine Draft (MGD) beers.
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Bottle inspection system

Visy Pak Beverage Division of Melbourne, Australia-based Visy Industries produces 1.2 to 2.5 million PET beverage bottles a day (depending on the season) at its Kings Park plant, supplying customers such as Coca-Cola Amatil, Pepsi, and Cadbury-Schweppes.
A filled, capped, and labeled 64-oz bottle.
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Redundancy rules at Old Orchard

Cap coders, case erectors, case packers, and case tapers are redundant to make sure this high-output, hot-fill PET line for fruit juice can produce up to its potential.See video
These are the first water bottles in the world to carry the approval of the Biodegradable Products Institute.
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BIOTA's high-water mark in sustainable packaging

Colorado-based Biota debuts spring-fed water in commercially compostable bottles molded of polylactide.
Glove ports allow operators to make adjustments at key machine areas.
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Swiss beverages go on the 'bloc'

An aseptic bloc filling system helps Pomdor AG
Above photo shows one of two infeed stations, including the feed screw, used to feed vials into the labeler.
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Aventis reinvents vial packaging

It starts with a labeler handling 900 vials/min and finishes with robotic cartoning and palletizing. In between is a pioneering use of 2D datamatrix coding symbology.
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German brewer bets big on multilayer PET

This high-volume move to multilayer PET bottles for beer sold at retail in Germany could signal a much broader acceptance of PET for beer.See video
Bio-Rad's new labeler handles pressure-sensitive paper or BOPP labels.
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Vial packing extraordinaire

Bio-Rad Laboratories boosted its vial filling/capping/labeling capacity with all new equipment. Highlights include a twin-head labeler and a custom-built tray loader.
Tropicana Europe's new plant in Zeebrugge, Belgium, houses this new aseptic PET bottling line. Bottles are sterilized, rinsed (a
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Tropicana's juiced about aseptic bottle filling line

New aseptic line opens the door for Tropicana Europe to expand its line of bottled juices and beverages produced at its new plant in Zeebrugge, Belgium.See video
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Foiled again

Petropolis Brewery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the first to install a Krones Taxomatic can lid labeler. The machine applies foil over the top of can lids to prevent the lids from getting soiled.
Front and back paper labels are applied at speeds to 220 1-gal bottles/min.
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Mott's creates downstream flexibility

On Mott’s new bottling line, aseptically filled PET bottles of juice product in four sizes can be automatically conveyed through a number of tray- or case-packing options.
Near the end of the line, hot melt ink-jet coding marks each case with lot and date code information.
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New equipment fuels winery's growth

This Napa winery knows that only by investing in new packaging machinery can it become the outsourcing solutions leader in the global wine industry.See in-plant video
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Bru's big on blue PET

Recognizing that an established brand lives or dies partly on the strength of its packaging, marketers at Bru S.A. were downright picky about which PET resin to use when they introduced 50-cL (16.9-oz) bottles of natural sparkling mineral water last May.
Sealed with foil lids, bottles emerge from the aseptic filling system in two parallel lanes (left). Colorful shrink-sleeve label
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Transforming the Egyptian dairy market

IGI aims to grow a market for packaged, branded milk in a country where 85% of the milk that’s bought isn’t even pasteurized let alone packaged. Aseptic packs are key.
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New bottle line brewing at Molson

In February, Molson announced plans to invest $34.8 million in upgrades at its Toronto brewery as the first installment in a $100 million plan to increase the facility’s production and efficiency.
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Ocean Spray goes rectangular

Ocean Spray, the firm that brought the first hot-filled PET bottle to the U.S. marketplace way back in ’85, is launching the Ripple Grip bottle, a new variation on the same hot-fill theme.
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New line boasts new sterilizing technology (sidebar)

Barrier version, too
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New line boasts new sterilizing technology

Adelholzener of Germany is leading the charge when it comes to popularizing one-way plastic beverage bottles in a region that has long resisted this package format.
Some see probiotic products like this one from Dannon as another logical candidate for cold aseptic filling into plastic contain
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Plastic bottles move toward aseptics (sidebar)

What about probiotics?
New printed shrink film unsupported bundles (left) offers the company new merchandising possibilities, while the tray overwrap s
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Single line pours out many SKUs with new options

One packaging line plus 10 different containers equals 60 SKUs, thanks to new end-of-the-line bundling and tray-pack equipment and film.
Bottles are removed from reshippers by a continuous-motion rotary-style uncaser (left).
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Bacardi moves to modernization

A revamp of Line One is just part of a plant-wide move to upgrade, automate, and modernize Bacardi’s Jacksonville, FL, plant. See in-plant video
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Carnation relaunches Coffee-mate

A new curvy-shaped, high-density polyethylene jar, decorated by a heat-shrunk roll-on label, is carrying Carnation Coffee-mate® to the marketplace.
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Triarc goes triangular

White Plains, NY-based Triarc Beverage Corp. has introduced Mistic® Zotics™, a line of exotically flavored, all-natural drinks packaged in distinctive three-sided bottles.