Vuka energy drinks are sold in Ball's 16-oz Alumi-Tek bottles.
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Vuka Intelligent Energy drinks energized by aluminum bottles

Ball’s 16-oz Alumi-Tek bottles offer vibrant graphics, reclosability, and recyclability for sophisticated audience.
Bonfire Brewing uses a single-station, cam-driven, air-actuated seaming machine made by the same OEM that made the upstream filling system.
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Digitally printed shrink labels open possibilities at craft brewer

Bonfire Brewing Co. buys bright stock cans and self-decorates them with shrink sleeve labels. Thanks to digital printing, ‘we can change graphics at the drop of a hat.’
Aluminum can for Mimosa.
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Aluminum cans are catching on

One notable trend in beverage packaging these days is the growing popularity of aluminum cans for craft beers.
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Cans depict whimsical world of Beanblossom

Oliver Winery adds a 250-mL aluminum can to its Hard Cider brand, known for its humorous and lively artwork, brightly illustrating fictional tales of Americana.
Resealable aluminum is quick-chilling and helps a good cause.
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Root beer in aluminum pint bottle

For premier craft brewer Oskar Blues Brewery of Lyons, CO, combining their home-brewed root beer with a convenient, quick-chilling, resealable aluminum bottle benefited not only Oskar Blues and its customers but also the family of Brian Stiff.
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Miller scores sales with Punch Top Can

Miller Lite and Miller Genuine Draft cans are scored with a secondary tab that invites beer drinkers to have fun opening it, then enjoy a smoother pour.
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Craft brewers pick bottle can for limited-edition Chaka ale

A resealable aluminum bottle provides differentiation, as well as light weight and shelf-life advantages for limited-release handcrafted ale.
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Retro steel can for beer

American craft beer brewer Churchkey Can Co. is bringing back a package long associated with Americana with the launch of Churchkey’s handcrafted Pilsner-style beer in a three-piece, flat top steel can.
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Organic energy beverages relaunch in cold-activated cans

Reformulated energy drinks move from glass to aluminum to meet consumer demand for larger, more portable package. Cold-activated ink indicates optimal drinking temp.
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Cartoon in a can boosts soft drink sales

German grocery chain Edeka Hessenring launches its own-brand cola in a novel six-pack carton, along with augmented reality that lets the ‘Sprudeltier’ out of the can.
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Social media input energizes Verve Energy Drink packaging redesign

Vemma employs the input of 23,000-plus Facebook followers to help design a more modern look for its aluminum can-packed energy beverages.
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Digital can printing takes off with Air Berlin

What is said to be the first commercial application of digital electrostatic drop-on-demand printing technology from U.K.-based Tonejet was pioneered last May by Ball Packaging Europe at its Hassloch, Germany, beverage can manufacturing plant.
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Tenaya launches high-acid, shelf-stable beverages in aseptic PET bottles

Reportedly among the first of its kind in North America, the organic beverages use bottles with a barrier coating.
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Protein shakes launch in aluminum bottles

ABB (American Body Building) has introduced Pure Pro® 50 ready-to-drink shakes in recloseable, lightweight, 16-oz Alumi-Tek aluminum bottles from Ball Corporation.
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New Belgium taps aluminum cans for wheat beer

Last summer this innovative brewer rolled out its Fat Tire brew in cans. Now it's Sunshine Wheat's turn.
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Miller Lite launches in aluminum pint bottles

Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, is serving up Miller Lite Beer in 16-oz Alumi-Tek® aluminum pint bottles supplied by Ball Corp. (www.ball.com).
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Hawaiian brewer has multi-packs covered

During the Summer 2008, Maui Brewing Co., Lahaina, Maui, HI, began rolling out a new approach to multi-pack beer can packaging.
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Hawaiian brewer has multipacks covered

Maui Brewing views 'extremely successful' dust covers as a must for consumers.
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Bone health in a juice bottle

In July 2008, Cincinnati-based Elations Co., began national rollout of its line of juice-based dietary supplement drinks in 8-oz Heat-Tek® PET bottles from Ball Corp. (www.ball.com).
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Pack Expo Selects narrowed to 13 finalists

Exhibitors' most innovative commercial packages will be on display.
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Wine debuts in barrier-coated PET bottles

In March 2008, Artisan Wine Co., British Columbia, introduced to Canadian markets its Painted Turtle brand Semillion/Chardonnay and Cabernet/Shiraz wines in 750-mL silicon oxide-coated PET bottles from Ball Corp. (www.ball.com).
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Dundee design simplified, beautified, unified

Redesign adds personality; can graphics enhanced with high-res printing.
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Robots boost cheese productivity

Dutch cheese packager KH de Jong employs robots to depalletize, case-pack, and palletize more than 350 tons per week of Edam.
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Resealable can energizes Burn

There’s a new option in resealability for beverage containers.
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Toddler juice packaging engages attention

In January 2008, First Juice, Inc., Mt. Freedom, NJ, launched a line of organic fruit and vegetable juice beverages specially formulated for toddlers.
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Self-lube bearings bring smooth motion to vf/f/s machines

A special polymer injection-molded with dry lubricants blended in is at the heart of the self-lubricating bearings used on these machines.
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Blaze orange can in beer market hunt

Miller's special edition hunting season cans benefit wildlife funds.
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Sleeved bottles a hit for Caribbean promos

As the baseball season winds down in October in the United States, it’s on the upswing in the Caribbean. During this past season that ended in January, Presidente brand in the Dominican Republic conducted a Viva la Pelota! or Hurrah Baseball! campaign for its beer in 12-oz glass bottles with promotional sleeve labels. Presidente regular featured sleeves printed with a ball and bat, and Light featured sleeves showing a jersey and hat.
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Rugby water bottle achieves design goal

In honor of the Rugby World Cup hosted by France from September 7 to October 20,
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Automated pack line aids successful company launch

Organic cereal processor carefully selects bag f/f/s, cup-filling, and case-packing equipment to optimize new plant efficiencies.
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Inventive pack marries form, function in household goods

Innovative package design gives Oxi Clean Toss-N-Go an entirely different look in household cleaning products. A thermoformed polyvinyl chloride clamshell inside a conical paperboard sleeve, all produced by Display Pack (www.displaypack.com), bring together critical function and eye-catching form. The package forms a liquid-tight seal, allowing it to double as the mold for the detergent ball inside the sleeve.
PICK PLUSES. With Pfizer's new robotic-driven automated picking system, the ergonomic improvements are huge. It handles approxim
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Robotics lifts Pfizer pick efficiency

Thirteen gantry robots increase throughput and greatly improve ergonomics at Pfizer's logistics center.
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Detergent packs roll onto shelves

Packed inside an unusual conical sleeve is a clamshell or two used as both mold and container for this new kind of laundry detergent.
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Microwavable steel can

The Fusion-Tek™ steel can for use in microwave ovens was designed with aerospace guidance.
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Microwaveable steel can ready for production

One of the oldest food packages is now microwavable: a steel can. The Fusion-Tek™ Microwavable Can from Ball Corp. (www.ball.com) is the first microwavable steel can.
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Nutrient-enhanced waters debut in PET bottles

BooKoo Beverages, Inc., Addison, TX, has added four new nutrient-enhanced waters—Rebound, MMMMulti, Bookoo C, and Inner G—to its product line.
IBM's ISC process is an end-to-end strategy from product concept through launch and life cycle.
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Big Blue saves big bucks on packaging

Integrated Product Development process substantially improves IBM’s supply chain cost and performance efficiencies.
Beach-ball bins have proven to be the perfect place to collect plastic bags in the backroom.
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Waste 'sandwich' helps Wal-Mart recycle

More than 300 Wal-Mart stores in the West are recycling shopping and apparel bags, thanks to a special ‘sandwich’ bale.
The WaterBall offers the kind of exclusivity that upscale retailers such as club stores like. It can be produced in either a rib
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Developing exclusive packaging, shelf impact for bulk water bottles (sidebar)

Club stores and other upscale retailers like unusual or exclusive products to differentiate their stores from competitors. Packaging can provide that exclusivity, and the WaterBall is a package currently under development that illustrates the point.
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Pipeline: Innovation continues

As I wrote last month, I’m still trying to clean 2003 out of my office, and there were a few other packages that bear examination, although with relatively modest detail.
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Retooling hardware packaging

Our annual look at hardware packaging ranges from the cute (fancy seed pails) to the creatively functional (driveway sealer in an easy-pour bucket).
Three different product/package combinations run on Diversified Brands' new line thanks to pucks manufactured with one external
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Innovation rolls on

New packaging equipment and puck handling system help Diversified Brands launch Scratch Fix 2in1 automotive touch-up paint in a new plastic ‘tube’.
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Award-winning design

Nantze Springs won the International Bottled Water Assn.’s Aqua Award for the Best Package Design in the medium company category for its 8.5-oz water bottle design.
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Carton gives way to metallized film

This spring, don’t look for windowed paperboard sleeves of Top Flite XL or XL-2000 golf balls in telescoping paperboard cartons. In an effort to reduce solid waste and cut packaging material costs, Spalding of Chicopee, MA, is now using a metallized film to unitize three-ball sleeves of both popular brands.
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Single-handed convenience

One-handed dispensing of coffee creamer is coming to dairy cases across the country as Morningstar Foods, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Dean Foods Co., begins shipping its International Delight brand in PET containers with a custom dispensing closure.
Bottles index single file from front to back through a timing screw (left) before a label is wiped on.
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Black Bear hugs new labeler

Regional beverage bottler adds a p-s labeler that increases packaging speeds compared to its former paper label applicator.See in-plant video
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Stretch wrappers are a true labor-saving value

Twin stretch wrappers at True Value’s Northwest distribution center replace the laborious task of manual wrapping.
Penn tennis balls retail in a PET container trimmed in a dual process to provide efficient lidding consistency.
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PET bottle converter racks up efficiency

Manufacturer of PET containers uses new dome-and flange-trimming machine to cut scrap rate and increase throughput by 20%.
Electronic net-weigh fillers are long on sanitation and accuracy.
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Special equipment for a special concept

Custom blow molding, electronic net-weigh filling in a HEPA-filtered enclosure, robotic palletizing—it all helps Superior Dairy succeed with caseless shipping. See in-plant video
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Energy drink rockets to retail

In September, Ferolito Vultaggio & Sons, Lake Success, NY, “launched” its AriZona Rx Extreme Energy Shot drink in a package that resembles a rocket. The drink uses an 8-oz aluminum can topped with a polypropylene cap that doubles as a “shot cup.” According to Ferolito Vultaggio & Sons, creators of the AriZona Beverage brand, the “shot cup” provides an industry-first sanitary cap.
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Cameras hit the vending circuit

Want to buy a one-time-use camera or a roll of film from a vending machine? Now you can, thanks to e-Vend.net of Kennett Square, PA. Packaging plays a key role.
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Sony in Japan, Swedish dairy introduce 'green' packs

Sony debuts computer discs in an overwrap made from biodegradable, compostable resin. Swedish dairy tries 2-L bottle for milk and juice made from a resin blended with calcium carbonate.
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Nabisco wins with inserter

Thanks in part to an inserter from Unique Solutions (Lake Zurich, IL), lucky Nabisco consumers nationwide will find a winning game piece at the bottom of their Planters’ Cheeze Mania canisters.
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Spalding's 'outrageous metal' box

XFL footballs from Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc., kick up a notch the on-shelf presence of pigskin packaging. The Chicopee, MA, sporting goods company introduced a seven-item line of XFL footballs in late ’00, ahead of the league’s February debut.
The box is converted from an 80-ga holographic biaxially oriented polypropylene/12-pt SBS substrate.
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Spalding pumps up b-ball packaging

Packaging for the new “Spalding NBA Infusion” basketball with built-in “Micro Pump” has a lot on the ball. Not only does the box use holography, a thermoform inside the top of the box highlights and protects the pump in its extended state.
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Anheuser-Busch'tees up'golf-ball can

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 decoration embossed onto can fronts and backs.
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Decorating, market goals make glass winners

Clear Choice winners for 2000 reinforce the premium image of glass containers. Winners also employ costly decorating, including applied ceramic labeling and heat-transfer labels.
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Prize figures are 'capped'

São Paulo, Brazil-based bottler Ambev takes the winning-cap promo concept to a new level. The company’s 237-mL (7.9-oz) Antarctica-brand guarana beverage bottles have a Pokémon™ figure onboard, contained within the patented, hollow Cap Container from Cap Design Intl.