The patented HeiLighter tamper-evident closure is shown unopened (left) and after opening, displaying an irreversible color chan
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PipeLine: Is it really complacency?

Among some responses I received to the November column on packaging’s role in thwarting terrorism, one was from Robert Heilman, a packaging industry veteran who is now an independent inventor.
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Love Bus Brew tours the West

South Beach Beverage Company, Norwalk, CT, is rolling out the new SoBe Love Bus Brew June 1 to the West Coast. The chocolate drink comes in a lizard-embossed 16-oz glass bottle, decorated with a colorful 2-mil polypropylene label and a 50-micron polyvinyl chloride neck sleeve.
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Dannon fits Frusion with contoured bottle

An easy-to-grip, contoured bottle with a dazzling shrink-sleeve label is pivotal to The Dannon Company's new Frusion fruit 'n' yogurt smoothie. Tarrytown, NY-based Dannon introduced Frusion nationwide in May after successful testing in 7-Eleven convenience stores in New England and southern California.
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High-speed vision inspection for closures

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: White Cap demonstrated a new vision inspection system that inspects for proper application of plastic closures onto rigid containers at speeds to 1겨 bpm.
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Solutions 2000: world's largest packaging conference

PACK EXPO International 2000 is not only the biggest U.S. packaging show, but this year it also boasts what it calls “the world’s largest conference:” Solutions 2000, planned for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.
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Hormel is first with salsa in PET

A 64-oz club-store-size container for Chi Chi's brand salsa is made of monolayer PET and can be filled at temperatures near 200°F. Special bottom enables container to withstand internal vacuum.
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Super marketing through packaging

Products at the Food Marketing Institute trade show in Chicago illustrate how grocery marketers rely heavily on packaging to add convenience and sales appeal.
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In Memoriam

William Plunkett White, Jr., 82, executive of White Cap Co. (Chicago, IL) and son of its founder, passed away April 14.
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Food, beverage packaging to star at supermarkets

New packages stand out for major brands like Snapple, Mrs. Butterworth's and Sara Lee at this year's FMI show.
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Snapple continues innovative packaging tradition

Snapple's new beverage line seems to have all the "elements" of effective packaging: an eye-catching glass bottle, a sophisticated label with deep, blazing color and even a surprise graphic element on the label that is revealed only when the bottle is empty.
Bella Vista has been successful with its organic jams through gourmet food stores, but new filling capacity on the firm?s auto
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New equipment helps jam maker go mainstream

A Michigan manufacturer of organic jams extends product sales beyond gourmet stores and into the supermarket aisles since installing a complete filling line late last year.
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Jams and jellies take to PET

Recent advances in injection stretch/ blow molding technology have made it possible for food marketers to hot-fill foods into wide-mouth jars made of heat-set polyethylene terephthalate.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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From soup to sauce, easy-grip PET

Hot-filled plastic jars with pinched-grip sides took center stage in May as Seneca Foods and Campbell Soup both unveiled intriguing new containers with similar-looking grips.
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The incredible power of shrink packaging

Shrink packaging of bottles, jars, cups and other rigid containers has amazing product merchandising and protection powers. While assuring the wholesomeness of food and beverages contained, shrink packaging can also transform a container frog into a packaging prince.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) has announced the opening of a 113ꯠ sq' plastic closure mfg. facility in Athens, GA.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

White Cap (Downers Grove, IL) has opened a 113ꯠ sq' plastic closure mfg. plant in Athens, GA.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

White Cap's (Downers Grove, IL) North American div. and South American operations, currently managed by White Cap Intl., Inc., will be combined as a new entity, White Cap Americas.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL): Dane Tyson, president, White Cap Americas Div.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL): Steven L. Schonert, dir., natl. sales.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL): George P. Sullivan, vp, sales and service.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

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Deep skirt delivers strong shelf impact

When El Paso Chile Co. of El Paso, TX, started shipping its dips and salsa, it used a conventional continuous-thread closure on its glass jar. Its chief appeal was a deep skirt that allowed room for plenty of graphics.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 certification: Plastican, Inc. (Leominster, MA); White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) for its Champaign, IL, manufacturing facility; A.B.
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Ocean Spray restages drink concentrates in wide-mouth PET bottles

Around our way, clear, hot-filled plastic bottles of Ocean Spray shelf-stable juice drink concentrates began showing up on supermarket shelves in late March.
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Final score for '96: Productivity gains 41, productivity losses 6

Of 516 responses to the 1997 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator Survey, more than four in ten (41%) report productivity improvements in 1996, compared to just 6% who say their companies experienced losses in productivity.
Steve Daniels checks the vision system as filled and capped bottles index to a downstream cooler
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Ocean Spray's vision improves inspection

Juice maker automates vision system for detecting fill heights and cap application on PET bottles containing hot-filled juices. Productivity rises, labor costs decline, resulting in payback in less than one year.
As labels unwind from the roll, they pass through a perforation wheel, followed by a series of tensioning rollers that compensat
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Gatorade shrink label satisfies the need for speed

Roll-fed labeler combines adhesive and shrink application to provide the look of a shrink label, the tamper-evidence of a neck band, and the speed of a wraparound.
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Gatorade powder can taps brand equity

Gatorade Co. is tapping its pro sports image to relaunch its powdered drink mix. Formerly in an ordinary spiral-wound composite container, the mix is now packaged in an orange canister from Liquid Container (West Chicago, IL) that replicates the look of the large Gatorade dispensing cooler seen on the sidelines at national sporting events.
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U.S. Food, Beverage Closure Market

Researchers at White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) estimate that by the year 2000, closure use in the U.S. food and beverage sectors will approach 74 billion units/year divided among seven sectors (right).
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Glass jar reflects sauce's uniqueness

Through a recent licensing agreement with Barilla S.p.A of Italy, Camden, NJ-based Campbell Soup Co. has begun manufacturing and marketing the Barilla line of pasta sauces, said to be Italy's number one pasta sauce.
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Pepsi enters a whole new category

Through an alliance with Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. of Springfield, MO, Pepsi-Cola Co., Somers, NY, began testing its first dairy beverage May 31 in Texas and Oklahoma.
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Recyclers urge packagers to design for recycling

Recyclers and product marketers desperate for post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic material are renewing their calls for adherence to the Assn. of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers' Design Guidelines for Plastic Bottle Recycling.