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2011 Greener Package Awards recognize data-driven results

Stricter entry requirements for this year's awards ensure that the 10 winners of the 2011 competition are providing measurable sustainable differences.
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Making sense of LCA in packaging

The key to truly ‘more sustainable’ packaging design is to begin with a strategy. With a vision and goals specific to your company, you can successfully apply tools like LCA to make better design and purchasing decisions.
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The crop waste buzz

Using crop waste as a biopolymer feedstock is suddenly hot.
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  A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Teaching retorts how to communicate

Operations management in all types of manufacturing is under constant pressure to continually achieve efficiency improvements.
The advantage 50 Single Screw Extruder and the CFS MegaSlicer are among the processing machines to be seen at The Processing Zon
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The Processing Zone is sold out

At Pack Expo International 2010, this special exhibit area in Lakeside Center will include more than 150 companies exhibiting in more than 70,000 square feet.
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Package reflects the toughness of new WD-40 products

WD-40 Co. faced a marketing challenge with its new Blue Works™ line of specialty maintenance products. It needed a package that was just as tough as the brand.
DELICATE TOUCH. Two robots replace eight operators placing sausages into thermoforms with a gentle touch.
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Robotics rallies in 2010; packagers automate for profit

After the past couple years’ serious sales slump, the industrial robotics industry is beginning to rebound, with food and consumer goods applications showing strong gains. Recent packaging installations testify to the value of automation.
Troy Snader was named vice president of sales for Brenton, a Division of  Pro Mach.
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Employing packaging to energize nutraceuticals

 As functional foods, beverages, and nutritional supplements continue to blend into new categories, companies use packaging to help market innovative new products.
SMALLER SIZE.  Through drop testing of unpackaged product, Ulticom realized its product was more rugged than they thought. A sma
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EU regulations spur more sustainable pack design

For U.S. circuit-board maker Ulticom, the cost of doing business in Germany entails the redesign of its packaging for a more efficient structure.
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Building a better box through minerals

New limestone-coated composite carton for organic bath and body products lends spa-like luxury to gift set with a down-to-earth footprint.
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Dole opts for all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags

Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Co., Inc., headquartered in Westlake Village, CA, now is using all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags to ship some of its fruit and vegetable products within North America.
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2010 NACD awards honor innovation

Twenty-three packages representing a range of industries are lauded by the National Association of Container Distributors.
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Automated, easy-changeover system speeds up casing

 System features custom-integrated, high-speed carton stacking mechanism.
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HACCP advice for packaging makers

When the subject is HACCP, what’s a maker of food packaging to do?
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The value of track and trace

If you’re a food manufacturer and you’re involved in a food ingredient recall, how challenging will it be to trace back which lots might have contained the ingredient in question?
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P&G's new e-commerce site could deliver packaging insights

Company to launch ‘eStore’ and sell hundreds of its products to consumers. Just as important, the site will be a lab collecting consumer feedback on products and packaging.
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COMPACT KISSES. A retail-ready secondary pack for Hershey's bagged Kisses products makes an attractive shelf display, while mini
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Packaging is key to club-store success

The unique environment of the wholesale club store demands that packaging be retail-ready, eye-catching, innovative, and environmentally friendly to secure product sales.
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China, developing regions drive global foodservice disposable demand

Containers for take-out food at restaurants, supermarkets, and other retail stores will help drive sales.
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Glenroy, Inc. Promotes Weiss To Account Manager

Glenroy, Inc. has promoted Kimberly Weiss to the position of account manager within Glenroy’s service team.
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Sustainability Leader Discusses Innovation at 2009 Environmental Expo in Vegas

Nicholas Rumanes, vice president of development for the Las Vegas Sands Corp., spoke at the annual Environmental Expo during CardPak Inc.'s banquet at the Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Stericycle launches online Carbon Footprint Estimator

Stericycle, Inc. has launched an online tool to help hospitals determine how much their carbon footprint could be reduced if they switch to the company’s reusable sharps disposal container from disposable products.
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RockTenn's Montreal, Quebec, Canada Folding Plant Earns Triple Chain-of-Custody Certification

Demonstrating its continued commitment to environmental responsibility, RockTenn (NYSE:RKT) announces that it has received triple chain-of-custody (CoC) certification for its Montreal, Quebec, Canada folding carton plant, formerly known as Wilco, Inc.
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Contract packager's blister machine delivers 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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Aseptic packaging for bulk pack

Patented aseptic tap moves into the bulk pack sector with this new application.
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Pack Expo Selects--the winners are in

Results are in for the 2009 Pack Expo Selects Competition, and the prize goes to Purex® Complete™ 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets, submitted by Robbie Flexibles. Printpack’s Body Glove water filtration was a very close second, and Lloyd’s Barbeque, from Airlite Plastics Co, took third.
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Positioning your company for growth--the future of packaging

 If someone asked you where packaging is headed over the next decade, you’d probably have a tough time answering.
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MSU's medical packaging course offered online

Michigan State University’s venerable Medical Packaging course is presented virtually. It should be a big help to a wide variety of healthcare packaging professionals.
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ALUMINUM SHEETS. The C2C bottle-cans are created from cold-rolled sheets of aluminum, containing 57%-plus PCR content.
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Aluminum bottle bound for mainstream beverage use

New hybrid technology makes high-volume ‘bottle-can’ manufacturing less expensive, faster, and more sustainable than existing process, for beverage products such as Eaux Vives’ Eska Water.
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Is 'grand' bad for RFID?

 
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New case coders speed changeovers at Nutrilite

Since its inception 75 years ago, Buena Park, CA-based Nutrilite has enjoyed steady growth in demand for its nutritional supplements, foods, and beverages.
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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.
FAST CHANGEOVER. Versatility and ease of changeover were among the most important benefits realized when this pressure-sensitive
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New equipment brings a boost to Pompeian

This maker of olive oils and other food ingredients is using new filling, labeling, and nitrogen-dosing equipment to improve its manufacturing efficiency.
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Cornstarch bottling from scratch and on a budget

 A new line at ACH Food Co. relies on rebuilt machinery.
RELIABLE CODES. The new ink-jet printer on Gekkeikan's glass bottle line ensures that cases are codes reliably and clearly every
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New case coders are consistent, convenient

 
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Key Baby introduces BPA-free infant care line

 Infant care product manufacturer Key Baby, LLC introduced its Weil Baby line of baby bottles, sippy cups, nipples, pacifiers, and accessories made with Tritan™ EX401, a new-generation copolyester resin from Eastman (www.eastman.com), as well as in glass.
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Beer can graphics makeover

French brewery adopts new look for its flagship beer cans.
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Kit package helps patients recover

New XTRAC® Laser Post-Procedure Kit is sold to doctors, who sell the treatment kits to their patients.
CREATING ORDER. One project, for a powdered household cleanser, begins on APCO Packaging's U-shaped packaging line with manual d
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Packer/manufacturer blends quality into every service

Testing and analysis are hallmarks of the approach at APCO Packaging. ‘The decision is theirs to make,’ the company president says of his customers. ‘But the process is ours.’
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SERVO DRIVEN. Film feed, product in-feed belt, and crimper are all servo driven axes of motion on this flow wrapper. A no produc
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Pack Expo purchases spur a return to Vegas

For a bakery in Georgia and a potato chip manufacturer in Hawaii, Pack Expo Las Vegas 2007 was the place to buy equipment that brought greater productivity and company growth.
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Carrying a torch for sustainable packaging

 A switch to PET jug preforms for lamp fuels improves sustainability and reduces in-transit package damage.
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Beverage container demand growing in China

Demand for beverage containers in China is projected to increase 8.2% annually to 298 billion units in 2012.
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Global pharmaceutical trends

 Strong growth forecast for pharmaceutical packaging.
Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, launched its global Sustainability Moments™ campaign to coincide with
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Lessons learned from your best projects

 Packaging professionals share their best experiences with projects—and what they learned.
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Mars joinsTerraCycle's upcycle efforts

 Factory packaging waste from more than 20+ Mars brands will be converted into high-quality consumer products.
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Label liner recycling

 
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Awards push sustainability

The 21st DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation honors 10 winners that all carry a sustainable packaging message in their design and construction.
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Bottled water gets 100% compostable labels

 In the Summer of 2008, Pure Pacific International, Inc., Glendale, CA, launched Aloha Pure Water and Aloha Deep Water in PET bottles with 8- and 9-color Earth-First®, corn-based, PLA (polyactic acid) full-body shrink-sleeve labels.
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Cleaner-product packaging spruces up

 Leather CPR, Los Angeles, maker of premium leather cleaners and conditioners, granite cleaners and polishes, and carpet spot and stain removers, adopted new labeling for its products in early 2008.
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Twin-packed Silks

Perio's dual-pack shave cream for women combines value and convenience.
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Bauer's pharmaceutical handbook lends 'Hall of Fame' packaging perspective

Professionals and students will benefit from an informative research tool now available for the healthcare packaging community.
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Tracking elusive OEE in pharmaceutical packaging

Pharmaceutical manufacturers lag behind food and other industries when it comes to overall equipment effectiveness on their packaging lines.
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Yellow on black coding stands out on store shelf

Ink-jet coding at 200 containers/min provides needed color plus operational simplicity.
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NACD's best packages highlighted

Activate earns best of show in NACD's 46th annual competition.
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Featured discussions

Bioplastics: A better solution? “kittwo4,” Designer Could you please share your input on whether bioplastics are really a positive solution for food packaging? Read 7 responses to this question: greenerpackage.com/node/655
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Walmart moves packaging supplier product data to GreenerPackage.com

 Walmart Stores, Inc. and its Packaging Scorecard software provider ECRM have tapped GreenerPackage.com to serve as the entry point for packaging material suppliers wishing to add their sustainable product data for use in Walmart’s Packaging Scorecard Modeling software.
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2008/2009 AmeriStar winners revealed

The Institute of Packaging Professionals announces the 2008/2009 AmeriStars.
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Liquids, metals, and RFID

It’s been long known due to the physics involved that the use of RFID around liquids or metal products or packages results in poor read performance.
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New checkweigher enhances co-pack QC

 Request Foods adds world's first model to its tray-packing operations.
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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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JAGs, STAR, and Walmart

More bits from EPC Connection, including a CPG panel discussion.
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Lance's take on training

Toby Strickland, project engineer at snack manufacturer Lance Inc., talks about how training on packaging equipment is handled.
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Jim Beam achieves 'softer', more flexible case packing

High-speed, low-breakage packing of glass bottles is a must.
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Retort lab facility partnership

Mocon, Inc. is partnering with Clemson University and Sealed Air to support the new Cryovac® Flavour Mark® Retort Laboratory.