Alcan Packaging (www.alcanpackaging.com), a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan (www.riotintoalcan.com), launched its global Sustainability MomentsSM campaign to coincide with World Environment Day (June 5) celebrations.
Diane Frisch, currently Alcan’s vice president of Human Resources and Communications, Food Americas, has been named vice president of Human Resources and Communications, Food Americas, and vice president of Human Resources, Global Pharmaceutical Packaging.
Alcan Packaging, a division of Rio Tinto Alcan, announces that its Medical Flexibles Americas Commerce, California and Marshall, North Carolina facilities have received the ISO 13485:2003 certification, a quality management standard for medical devices.
The packaging scene has always been complex and technically challenging. But now that the endlessly complex and sometimes contradictory requirements of sustainability have landed in our laps, packaged goods companies and the suppliers they rely on have it tougher than ever.
CompaniesThe Bosch Group plans to acquire Pharmatec gmbh, Dresden, Germany, from Fresenius proserve gmbh. The transaction also includes the acquisition of the Pharmatec subsidiary Schoeller-Bleckmann Medizintechnik gmbh, Ternitz, Austria.
In March coverage of the FPA Awards Competition, four Silver Award winners were left out. Three were in the Technical Innovation category: Fisherman’s Friend Strong Mint, by converter Amcor Flexibles; Blue View Cook a Carrot, by converter Flex Pack USA; and Fromm Adult Gold Dog Food Quad Seal Pouch, by converter Polymer Packaging.
When Jenn's Cocktail Co., Danville, CA, prepared to roll out its ready-to-drink (RTD) premium flavored vodka beverages in 100-ml glass bottles, the company wanted a four-pack design that would capture consumer attention, especially among young adult women.
The Flexible Packaging Conference scheduled for March 14-16 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL, will include top-flight keynote speakers to analyze the ongoing shift from rigid to flexible packaging.
Gold Award:Ritz Chips(see packworld.com/go/c110)Kraft FoodsPrintpack USAFlat-bottomed, easy-open, stand-up pouch, made from a tandem adhesive lamination, affords a peelable, easy-open function with convenient peel-off tab for reclosure.
On April 30, Alcan Inc. inaugurated the “Alcan Packaging Technology Center,” which integrates the global company’s North American packaging resources into a single development center in Aurora, IL. It combines Alcan’s Packaging and Rolled Products technical groups to better serve its North American customers in both rigid and flexible applications, according to Armin Weinhold, president of Alcan Packaging.
Hershey’s pudding packs and technology for self-venting trayed entrees, first commercialized by Smithfield Packing, earn Highest Achievement honors from The Flexible Packaging Assn.’s 2003 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition.
An aggressive approach to sustainable development and the effects of the Chinese aluminum production were two major topics at the annual meeting of The Aluminum Assn. (Washington, DC) held Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.
Sleeves for propane cylinders win Flexible Packaging Assn.'s President's award. Other FPA winners include pouches of grease for fifth wheels, recyclable ream paper wraps and protective air cushion packs.
Having signed a definitive three-way merger agreement in September, algroup (Zrich, Switzerland), Pechiney (Paris, France) and Alcan (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) recently announced the proposed organization and management team of the combined group, temporarily referred to as A.P.A.
When Big Rock Brewery decided to redesign its packaging late last year, the Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based company wanted to build brand awareness and develop a cohesive look for its nine specialty brews.
Fruit Bites, a 140-g can of retorted sliced fruit pieces from Australia's Golden Circle Ltd., won two gold medals in the May 1999 "Can of the Year" competition sponsored by England's The Canmaker magazine.
Alsuisse Lonza Group Ltd. (Zrich, Switzerland) will propose to its shareholders to demerge its chemical and energy activities and to integrate the remaining aluminum and packaging businesses into a three-way merger with Alcan (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and Pechiney (Paris, France).
Like it or not--in fact, intentionally or not--virtually all U.S. businesses are already participating in the global marketplace, and the choice is not "whether" but "how well." So said Dana Mead, president of Pactiv, in remarks to The Aluminum Association's annual meeting last fall.
If you're looking for an edge--and who isn't?--there's a wealth of emerging technology available today that can help: (1) improve the quality of your product; (2) heighten your packaging line productivity; (3) reduce your packaging costs; and (4) improve your product sales/profitability.
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.
"A package that meets the targeted consumer's needs" is how Snapple marketing manager Sylvia Oriatti describes the new Snapple Squeeze line of juice drinks in 20-oz bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate.
Lawson Mardon Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has closed its Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, label production site, consolidating West Coast label production into its Sparks, NV, facility.
While the cool, sleek appearance of brushed aluminum is not uncommon for health & beauty aids, it is unusual to see it in the spirits category. Hertford, U.K.-based MDT Wines & Spirits believes it is the first to use such a container for vodka.
If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
Packaging converters in the U.S. and beyond have recently added new capabilities that will broaden the services they offer. In most cases, flexible packaging converters have been adding new printing presses.