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Cost-effective take on unit-level traceability

YottaMark's consumer-interactive HarvestMark technology debuts, costing one cent per unit.
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What's new in food & bev?

Convenience is king in food and beverage packaging—now and for the foreseeable future. But other trends bubbling to the surface bear watching.
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People

Sato Corp. appointed J. Michael Fowler director of Sato Intl. Pte Ltd. as well as president of Sato Holding Americas, Inc.
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Companies

International Paper launched a new business unit, Global Custom Services, that will manage the packaging supply chain for its customers.
FDA's Counterfeit Drug Task Force is more focused on RX drugs than OTC products
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Anticounterfeiting: the urgency grows

Prescription drugs come first, but efforts could encompass OTC, too.
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Innovative closure

Portola Packaging offers the Fusion cap, designed to allow consumers to enhance drinks by adding flavor or vitamin components with the twist of a cap.
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Companies

Pactiv (Lake Forest, IL) will purchase the plastic packaging assets of Rock-Tenn Co.
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The Conference at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

A comprehensive three-day seminar organized into concurrent sessions each day, this conference is packed with information about the world of packaging.
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Portola acquires Tech Industries

Portola Packaging acquired Tech Industries, a manufacturer of plastic closures and containers for the personal care and cosmetics industries.
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People

Elected to four-year terms on the Board of Directors at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute are (from left) John Raterman, vice president North American sales at Nordson Corp.; Glenn Siegele, president of Omega Design Corp.; Randy Spahr, vice president of Packaging Machines Intl.; and Andrew Zucaro, president of Azco Corp.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
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'Healthy' carton energizes nutritional beverage

Multilayer, skived-edge gable-top carton for NuVim’s energy drinks virtually eliminates previous carton’s tendency to bulge.
Brentwood Industries (Reading, PA) has begun construction on a new 200,000 sq' facility to house its Specialty Products Div.
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Relocations, expansions

—Doyen (Lakeland, FL) has established a holding company known as Doyen Group PLC, the overall holding company for Doyen’s five operations.
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Suiza dairy 'milks' squishy bottle

Country Fresh, a Suiza Foods dairy, debuts single-serve Milk-It! in injection blow-molded bottles designed for children. The bottles will also be used for other milks, and possibly for juice and water.
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International agreements

Elopak (New Hudson, MI) has announced a joint venture with iplas (Cologne, Germany) and alfill (Hamburg, Germany) to complete and commercialize a plasma barrier coating system for plastic bottles.
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Sleeve label dresses exotic Chai teas

Celestial Seasonings’ stunning full-body sleeve label provides marketing advantages for tapered, square bottles of hot-filled Mountain Chai tea lattes.
On the Fast Trak: Color photos and product descriptions simplify cap ordering.
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Cap ordering goes electronic

With the proliferation of Web sites devoted to purchasing complex packaging machinery, it seems only natural that buying closures online would be the next step.
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Quality Dairy 'pops' with integral straw

By next spring, Quality Dairy Co. expects to be the first company to sell beverages in bottles equipped with an integral flexible straw that pops up and partially out of the bottle when its closure is removed.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Portola Packaging, Inc. (San Jose, CA) recently received McKesson Water Products Co.'s Supplier of the Year Award.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Portola Packaging, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has purchased its partner's shares, making Portola Packaging, Inc.-Mexico (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) a wholly owned subsidiary.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Portola Packaging, Inc. (San Jose, CA): Jim Taylor, president, COO.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) and Greiner GmbH (Kremsmuenster, Austria) have agreed to establish Cap Snap Europe GmbH (Kremsmuenster, Austria) to serve the European and Middle Eastern market.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) will open a new 30ꯠ sq' plant in Shanghai, China, as a joint venture with an undisclosed local company.
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Water bottle vends like a can

Lancaster, PA-based Cloister Spring Water recently introduced its new H2O Cool spring water as "the first, the only 12-oz PET bottle that vends like a can." This allows the bottle to be sold through vending machines designed for canned soft drinks.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) has restructured to combine the previously separate sales, service, and manufacturing organizations of Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) and NEPCO (San Jose, CA).
Once the 5-gal jugs have been sanitized, they are automatically conveyed around a corner and into the filling chamber (left). Wi
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Bottling water for millions

Tak Fat now supplies pure bottled drinking water to eight million consumers in China's Guangzhou area. The next target is the total Guangdong province of 69 million, and then on to the rest of the country. Integrated 5-gal line delivers 400 bph.