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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.