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Viskase awarded $165 million over infringement

Viskase Companies, Inc. (Bedford Park, IL) was awarded a final judgment of $164.9 million in compensatory and enhanced damages and prejudgment interest in its patent infringement suit against American National Can Co.
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Supplier news: Achievements

American National Can Co. (Chicago, IL) was awarded the Kraft Foods Rick Stuedemann Award for Supplier Excellence.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Pechiney (Paris, France) has acquired a controlling interest in Pet Plas Packaging Ltd. (Leeds, England), which will operate as part of Pechiney's U.S.
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Supplier news: In Memoriam

Walter Stelzel, sr. executive vp and CFO of American National Can Co. (Chicago, IL), passed away Jan. 31 at the age of 58.
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CMM brings converting into the 21st Century

Through a conference program and exhibits, CMM Intl. attendees will be updated on the latest in printing and converting technologies. Here's a preview of what to expect at Chicago's McCormick Place, April 12 to 14.
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Honors bestowed on tubes of the year

The Tube Council of North America (New York, NY) has announced its 1998 Tube of the Year winners. The 9th annual contest included more than 100 entries, a record number.
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Mrs. Butterworth's speaks to kids

Packaging for Mrs. Butterworth's new line of kid-friendly syrups includes a polypropylene bottle, a drip-proof spout, a smaller, easy-to-hold 18-oz size and a jazzy label.
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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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Supplier news: International agreements

American National Can Co. (Chicago, IL) and Danaflex Packaging Corp. (Wellington, New Zealand) have formed a joint venture to produce barrier and non-barrier flexible packaging for the food industry.
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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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Packaging suppliers in headlights of MACT truck

Packaging and printing operations may be significantly affected by EPA emissions limits on coatings and adhesives. Increased costs to control emissions could lead to higher prices.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American National Can Co. (Chicago, IL): Curtis Jay Clawson, senior vp, Beverage Cans Americas.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American National Can Co. (Chicago, IL): Curtis Jay Clawson, senior vp, Beverage Cans Americas.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American National Can (Chicago, IL): Martin H. Gilvarg, vp sales, flexible food packaging.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American National Can Co. (Chicago, IL): Mike Wallace, acct. mgr., specialty flexible packaging in Newark, CA.
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition

Five new hf/f/s machines allow Heinz to switch from pillow packs to stand-up, resealable zipper pouches for its Pup-Peroni and Jerky Treats dog snacks.
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Bass is bullish on beer in plastic

Few brewers have gone as far as Bass in developing a plastic bottle for beer. Now Bass wonders when U.S. brewers will get on board to help drive bottle costs down.
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Bass unveils PET/EVOH beer bottle in U.K.

"We scoured the world for the right technology." That's how Bill Dando, director of package development at Bass Brewers in Burton-on-Trent, England, describes the process that led to Bass' recent launch of one beer and one "alcopop" in identical high-barrier plastic bottles.
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Veryfine launches a 'Loud Mouth'

Looking to emulate a recent innovation popular in beer cans, Westford, MA-based Veryfine Products in September began shipping its 18 varieties of Veryfine and Chillers brands with a large-opening end (LOE).
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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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PepsiCo tests canned snacks

Some Pepsi-Cola can vending machines are now offering consumers something to go along with their cold drink preference: Fritos and Doritos chips and Rold Gold pretzels.
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Minute Maid offers Hi-C drinks in shaped, marsupial pouches

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, GA, is packaging drinks in bottle-contoured pouches. We suggested they might do this (see Packaging World, September '95, p.
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics

Consistent sheet thickness and economics make calendered plastics appealing to thermoformers. How are plastics calendered? What are the current developments in calendering? Packaging World takes a look.
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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.
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Getting noticed is now packaging mission #1

In today's market, there are more serious packaging developments than the emergence of beverage containers with walls purposefully bent out of shape.
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Shelf present

With so many salon haircare products available today, it can be difficult for one brand to stand out, especially when competing with big names like Paul Mitchell and Aveda.
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Three's a charm for Freeman

The Beautiful Skin® line of skin care products from Freeman Cosmetics got another makeover this past winter. Marking its third redesign since its introduction in 1985, the eight tubed products of the 11-product line now include inverted dispensing with a custom-color cap, a more consistent brand logo, and an asymmetrical crimped end.
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Packaging rediscovers the language of touch

New packages from Coca-Cola Co. (Atlanta, GA) and Matrix Essentials, Inc. (Solon, OH) provide dramatic evidence that the importance of a package's tactile quality is making a dramatic U.S.
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Curvy can due out this month, says Coke

Tested in Germany but so far only talked about here, The Coca-Cola Co.'s contour can is set to make its U.S. debut early this month in Terre Haute, IN, and in four Southwest markets.
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Patent infringement suit judgment expected soon

As Packaging World goes to press, a U.S. Federal District Court judge in Chicago had yet to make a final decision concerning the dollar amount awarded to Viskase (Bedford Park, IL).
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Shrinking U.S. glass container industry will likely raise prices next year

Paper. Metal. Plastic. Glass. In roughly that order, those are the materials from which packages have been made in the United States for the last half of the 20th century.
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Frozen--and functional--Paradise

Frozen Paradise Drinks(TM), Seagram Beverage Co.'s late entry to the successful premixed, shelf-stable frozen drink category, may prove that good things happen to those who wait.
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Now beverage cans will open wide-- really, really wide

Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American National Can Co. (Chicago, IL): Edward A. Lapekas, senior vp, Beverage Cans Americas.
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Shaping technology injects market excitement in metal cans

Until a couple of years ago, American packagers using cans seemed satisfied with the straight sidewall profile and functionality of most metal cans. The cans were strong, easy to fill and seam, and offered a number of labeling, case packing and stacking options.
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Award-winning tubes squeeze new graphics

Judges for the 1995 Tube of the Year Awards, sponsored by the New York based-Tube Council of North America, cited "increasingly bold and innovative use of graphics" as the common denominator of this year's entries.
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Flexibles pass the technology test

Technical achievements cited in FPA awards include a barrier pack for shipping welding electrodes, a mixer for two-part adhesives and a peelable suture package.
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Flexible packaging advances reap rewards

This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
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Beverage containers dominate DuPont awards

A flexible beverage container and a hot-filled, shelf-stable juice pouch stand out at the ninth annual DuPont awards competition. Environmental categories and international entries again prove distinctive.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

American National Can Co. (Chicago, IL) is expanding its Bellevue, OH, plastic bottle-making plant.
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How big is the food packaging business?

Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

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.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

American National Can Co. (Chicago, IL) plans to open a $70 million beverage canmaking facility in Brazil.
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Crown/Carnaud deal creates a $10 billion packaging company

Packaging firms buying packaging firms. We'd better get used to it. Because most experts predict that the current pace of consolidation among firms supplying packaging materials and machines shows few signs of slowing.
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Stroh launches special carton, grip bottle

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of World War II and salute its veterans, Detroit-based Stroh Brewery will market its Schlitz beer from May to October in two cartons with nostalgic designs.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

American National Can (Chicago, IL) will purchase Union Camp Corp.'s (Wayne, NJ) flexible packaging plant in Asheville, NC.
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Nabisco enters variety snack category in stand-up pouches

Nabisco Biscuit Co., East Hanover, NJ, is breaking into the variety snack category with Doyan-style stand-up pouches with reclosable plastic zippers.
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Films make foods easier to handle

For applications in foodservice, wholesale, or retail, winners in the 1994 FPA competition show how flexible packs can take on new food packaging tasks.