BLISTER MACHINE. Contract packager CPR produces blister packs in-house on  this new machine, which includes a color vision syste
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Contract packer flexes its flexibility

New blister packaging machine helps Contract Packaging Resources meet the demands of its pharmaceutical customers, reduce labor costs, and improve efficiency.
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Aluminum-look PET beverage bottles

Bottle and holographic label provide points of difference for Code Blue 'recovery' drink.
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Membership Directory

For in-depth searches on individual members’ capabilities, visit www.contractpackaging.org.
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cp 07 conference - drills down on industry's hot trends

Sold-out event focuses on convergence in packaging and logistics, operational excellence, and insights from Procter & Gamble, Alcoa, Coca-Cola, and Alberto-Culver.
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2007 Sustainable Packaging Forum: informative and valuable

In only three years, Packaging Strategies’ Sustainable Packaging Forum, held this year in Pittsburgh, September 26-27, has become “the” annual event for taking the pulse on all things sustainable.
The 2007 Sustainable Packaging Forum addresses a major trend in which packaging machinery will play a key role.
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Sustainability: buzz or business?

Why did packaging automation supplier ELAU participate in the recent Sustainable Packaging Forum? Because enabling technology will make the difference between achieving sustainability and tomorrow’s cliché. Why did packaging automation supplier ELAU participate in the recent Sustainable Packaging Forum? Because enabling technology will make the difference between achieving sustainability and tomorrow’s cliché.
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As calendar turns to a new fiscal year, the association plans ahead

Happy New Year! That’s not as good as Christmas in July, but July 1 began the Contract Packaging Association’s new fiscal year.  It is a good time to reflect on where we’ve come from for a few moments and take the time to share what’s new and exciting.
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Applause for the association's hard-working volunteers

As new projects develop, it becomes critical for volunteers to step up to help carry the association’s business forward. The Contract Packaging Association has been most fortunate with members willing to roll up their sleeves.
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CP 07: A conference for education and networking

With two days of content-rich sessions, a new, industry-specific conference promises to load up buyers and sellers with ideas for achieving “Success with Contract Packaging.”
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CP 07 focuses on maximizing relationships

Event is Sept. 10-12. High-level speakers to examine contract packaging trends from both the buyer and seller perspectives.
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Co-packing industry assesses opportunities and challenges

The contract packaging industry has no shortage of opportunities and challenges, and some of them were discussed formally and informally at the Contract Packaging Association’s annual meeting, which concluded April 2 in Tucson, AZ. First, the opportunities. One of the hottest segments of contract packaging today is pharmaceutical products, and it’s promising even more growth for co-packers with the right facilities, capabilities, and certification approvals. Speaking to association members, Bill Sharpless said the $400 billion pharma industry is growing at 3% annually. Sharpless is marketing director of pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and medical packaging at Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
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Fighter pilots don't look back, and neither does the association

Your Contract Packaging Association Board of Directors and management team are not looking back on what was a very successful 2006. Instead, we are moving forward with enthusiasm, dedication, and vigor for 2007.
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Annual meeting emphasizes strategy

The Contract Packaging Association’s just-concluded annual meeting in Tucson, AZ, explored the many challenges facing companies as opportunities for contract packaging and services grow and expand. The meeting provided time to share ideas with peers while exploring strategies for solutions.
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Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum launches

Hosted by Healthcare Packaging and Packaging World magazines, the first Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum featured speakers from ...
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Technician training via the Web

Internet-based integrated systems technician training will be offered to manufacturers in South Central Pennsylvania thanks to a $400,000 state grant received by the South Central Pennsylvania Center of Excellence for Packaging operations.
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Technician training via the Web

Internet-based integrated systems technician training will be offered to manufacturers in South Central Pennsylvania thanks to a $400,000 state grant received by the South Central Pennsylvania Center of Excellence for Packaging operations.
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Industry Watch

COMPANIES Thermo Electron Corp. and Fisher Scientific Intl. Inc. have merged to form Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., creating a provider of products and services in the high-growth life, laboratory, and health sciences industry.
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Pack Expo 2006 generates B2B connections

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute delivers 45,741 buyer attendees, up 553 from the 2004 show.
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Pet Bottle Brings Production Ease To Co-Packer, Design Benefits To Marketer

Panel-less bottle’s smooth sidewall enables H.A. Rider to apply labels in registration. MD Drinks avoids the ‘crinkly’ label look on its Urban Detox beverage line.
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Companies -

Pro Mach, Inc.’s ID Technology division has acquired The Glennon Group, a provider of labeling, marking, and packaging systems and services throughout the Midwest.
FILLING/LABELING. The waters are cold-filled at 54?F by an enclosed rotary filler (below), then precisely dosed with liquid nitr
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Nitrogen dosing cuts packaging costs

Indian Hills Spring Water implements liquid nitrogen dosing to avert bottle paneling or collapsing and reaps bottle weight-reduction benefits.
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Dairy advances aseptic/ESL plastic bottle technology

In June 2005, the Food & Drug Administration accepted a filing prepared by aseptic consultant National Food Laboratory, Inc. for the first rotary bottle filler for low-acid beverages in the U.S., installed at an HP Hood dairy facility in Winchester, VA.
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TOPICS ANNOUNCED FOR CONFERENCE AT PACK EXPO

New My PACK EXPO™ Tool Available to Help Attendees Select Compatible Sessions
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Alcoa buys out China joint venture...

...originally established in 1995 to produce foil products used primarily in packaging for China’s pharmaceutical industry…
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Companies

R.A. Jones & Co. Inc.
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People

Bimal Kalvani was named president of Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
Joe Angel, publisher of Packaging World, congratulates Linc Jepson (left) on his retirement from NJM/CLI at Pack Expo Internatio
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People

Ruth J. Mack was elected vice president of Alcoa and group president of packaging and consumer products.
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Iron City brew chills in aluminum bottle

In August, Pittsburgh Brewing Co., Pittsburgh, PA, launched 12-oz bottles of Iron City beer in aluminum bottles.
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Packagers 'heated' over gas

Senate energy tax incentives would help on natural gas prices, but not immediately. So packagers will have to cope with high prices.
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People

Hershey Foods promoted James D. George to vice president, packaging, responsible for the structural and graphic design, development, and procurement of packaging materials.
A full-body shrink sleeve label on Sun-Maid Raisins brings packaging security in the form of tamper evidence.
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Packaging security: in-store measures remain essential

Responding to retailer needs, clamshell blisters answer theft threats. Yet some packagers look for less costly alternatives.
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Nestlé dons shrink labels in Canada

Shrink labels are helping Nestlé dress up its high-density polyethylene containers of Coffee-Mate non-dairy creamers, and Nesquik, Rolo, and CoffeeCrisp ready-to-drink milk beverages recently introduced in Canada.
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Liquid packaging servo gains popularity with machine builders

ELAU’s new integral servo motor/drive, the PacDrive™ SCL-055, has received significant attention among respected liquid packaging machinery builders.
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Companies

Fanuc Robotics America, Inc.
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Sustainable packaging coalition forms

In November, a group of two dozen packaging professionals from companies such as Coca-Cola, Estée Lauder/Aveda, Masterfoods, Nike, PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Unilever agreed to form the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.
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Packaging technology on display

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
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Presto and Pliant reach agreement

Presto Products Company, a business of Alcoa Consumer Products, Inc., and Pliant Corporation have reached a mutual agreement granting Presto the right to use Pliant’s patented Slider reclosable technology.
Unprinted PVC film unwinds upward to a film former just above a conveyor that moves two cartons at a time into the film in this
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Secondary packaging is primary for ARI

Side-seal horizontal wrappers and PVC film help contract packager ARI thrive by meeting the secondary packaging needs of its customers, which include many of the nation’s largest consumer products companies.See in-plant video
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Companies

Sonic Air Systems (Brea, CA) moved its headquarters to 1050 Beacon St., Brea, CA, 92821, phone: 800/827-6642, fax: 714/255-8366.
Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has formed a new service automation div., and named Gary Blankemeyer as vp and gen. ma
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People

Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has formed a new service automation div., and named Gary Blankemeyer as vp and gen. manager. The new div.
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Aluminum leaders talk environment, China

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.
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Pliant sues to defend slider patents

On September 30, Pliant Corp. (Schaumburg, IL) announced that it had served several companies with patent infringement complaints relating to flexible packaging that can be resealed with a slider device.
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Alcoa began development of Fridge Pack

The newest innovation in canned beverage multipacks, the 12-count Fridge Pack from Coca-Cola bottlers traces its origins to aluminum can producer Alcoa.
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People

–Afflink (Tuscaloosa, AL) hired Jim Walker as dir., packaging, and Larry Riemer as regional business manager.
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People

–Sandra Beach Lin has been named president of Alcoa’s (Pittsburgh, PA) closures business, Closure Systems Intl. –Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL) hired Christopher M.
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Winn-Dixie to refresh packaging

While many companies redesign a single product or a single family of products, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Jacksonville, FL, has begun a major revamping of its packaging design that will involve about 3겨 products across some 60 private-label brands.
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FPA Achievement Award suppliers

Alpha listing of suppliers mentioned in March '02 coverage of Flexible Packaging Assn.'s 2001 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards:
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Reclosure features dominate

Four FPA winners in the Packaging Excellence category are zippered pouches. A produce pack, a coffee carafe, and a shrink-sleeve label round out the category.
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Companies

–Marconi Data Systems (Wood Dale, IL) was acquired by Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC), and the company will do business as Videojet Technologies Inc..
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Recloseable feature 'snaps' onto pretzel pack

At Snaxpo 2002, held February 16 - 19 in Chicago, Packaging World spotted printed prototype flexible film bags for Herr's 22-oz Sourdough Bite Size Hard Pretzels that included the Easy Snap™ closure system.
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SIG Pack International and Presto co-market Easy Snap3;

SIG Pack International’s affiliate SIG Doboy, Inc.-Easy Snap Division (New Richmond, WI) and Presto Products Company’s Fresh-Lock Zipper Business Unit (Appleton, WI) are co-marketing the Easy Snap™ closure system in North America.
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Looney Tunes brand milk

Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes friends are now chilling out in the refrigerated milk department of retail outlets. On March 19, Bravo! Foods, of North Palm Beach, FL, introduced Looney Tunes brand flavored milk in a clear high-density polyethylene bottle that is decorated with a heat-shrink polyvinyl chloride label from Seal-It (Farmingdale, NY).
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Promo pack 'tees up'

Beginning Feb. 26, 2001, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch made Michelob and Michelob Light available nationwide in new 12-oz aluminum cans with a golf ball embossed on both front and back. The cans are made in-house by A-B on embossing equipment from Alcoa Packaging Machinery (Crawfordsville, IN).
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Coors bottle echoes Rockies

Coors' five-layer plastic bottle for Coors Lite has a Rocky Mountains motif molded into the sidewall.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

NPSG (Mt. Pleasant, SC) has acquired Interstate Packaging, Inc. (Albert Lea, MN) and General Corrugated Mfg. (New Orleans, LA).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Somec Corp. (Orlando, FL) has acquired the assets for the end-tester business of Alcoa Package Machinery Inc. (Englewood, CO). The end-tester product line was located in Randolph, NY, but for the time being will be managed by Orlando personnel.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Alcoa Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) has reached an agreement to acquire Reynolds Metals Co. (Richmond, VA) for more than $4 billion, a price only slightly higher than the Alcoa's original hostile bid.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Alcoa Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) has tendered a cash offer for all outstanding shares of Reynolds Metals Co. (Richmond, VA) at a price of $65 per share.
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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.
Tenneco?s Dana Mead addresses The Aluminum Association?s annual meeting
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People, not technology, will drive global business

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.
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Barrier bottles up oxygen

In October 1998, Burlington, WA-based Clearly Canadian unveiled its super-oxygenated bottled water, O+2. Available unflavored or in two flavored versions, O+2 is enhanced with up to 10 times the normal concentration of oxygen naturally found in water.
Black-suited bodyguards (left) are a highly visible component in Karlsberg?s efforts to promote its 12;2-L plastic bottle. Poin
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Brewers pouring into plastic

Brewers around the world have been on the fence about plastic bottles. Suddenly they're commercializing a variety of plastic barrier structures.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hoffer Plastics Corp. (South Elgin, IL) purchased from Alcoa Closure Systems Intl., Inc. (Indianapolis, IN) the trade names and assets of the product lines Drop-Lok® and Plasti-Lung®.
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Are packagers ready to invest in metal's best and brightest?

Packaging managers looking for innovations can be forgiven for focusing most of their attention on the flexible packaging and rigid plastic container fields.
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DOJ kills Reynolds/Alcoa deal; will it chill Reynolds/Ball talks?

In late December the U.S. Department of Justice moved to prevent Reynolds Metals Co. (Richmond, VA) from selling its Muscle Shoals, AL, aluminum can stock rolling mill to Alcoa (Pittsburgh, PA).
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Packaging revolution IS changing everything

"This changes everything." That line, taken from a recent crop of Chrysler ads, would have us believe the company's doing something revolutionary in its field.
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Clearly redefined

When Clearly Canadian was introduced ten years ago, it stood apart from mainstream soft drinks on store shelves. Says Jonathon Cronin, vice president of marketing at Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp.: "When we first launched the brand, the slight blue tint to the glass bottles and the ACL decorating were almost revolutionary." Ten years later, shelves are flooded with eye-catching products, and the pioneering beverage company decided that its core brand needed a boost.
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Cans are really shaping up at Coke

Hot on the heels of its curvy Coke can (see Packaging World, March '97, p. 8), Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. is shaking up the can industry again.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
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New grips and a Clear Choice Award

Neither a sports drink nor an iced tea, Talking Rain Beverage Co.'s new Ice(TM) Flavored Water began appearing on store shelves this June in a custom-designed 24-oz bottle known as "The Grip." "It took two years to design this bottle," says John Stevens, founder of the Preston, WA-based company.
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Maximizing its Orbitz

Orbitz, the new beverage that employs patent-pending "suspension technology" to keep "vegetable-based gel spheres" floating within it, hardly needs a fancy package to get attention.
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METPACK to 'shape' can packaging

Bigger and more important than three years ago, the Essen, Germany, trade fair includes 150 exhibitors and a full conference program, right before interpack 96.
As Ball?s air-pressure tester revolves (above), a microprocessor-based        controller monitors each of 48 can-containing stat
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Ball takes control during can testing

Ball's Columbus, OH, plant is first to use new microprocessor-based controller to monitor leak testing of three-piece steel cans.
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Coffee beverage sparkles in test

Mazagran sparkling coffee, the first product of a joint venture between Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. and Somers, NY-based Pepsi-Cola Co., has made its debut in Southern California.
This photo, taken when Amsoil used prelabeled bottles, shows a group of 16 quart bottles getting filled simultaneously by a pos
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Amsoil labels quart line a success

As sales of its synthetic oil soared, Amsoil found prelabeled bottles too costly to buy and store. A labeler that applies labels in-line to the HDPE bottles saves $50ꯠ a year, frees space for finished goods and virtually eliminates skewed labels.
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Steel eyes the aluminum beverage can market

This year speculation around the world says that steel may regain an appreciable part of the beverage can market it lost to aluminum-thanks to steel's favorable costs. European trend may presage a similar shift in the U.S. in the next few years.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Alcoa Clos-ure Systems Intl. (Indiana- polis, IN) and Zepf Technologies Inc. (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) have formed Alcoa Zepf, L.L.C.