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SUSTAINABILITY NEWS & Events

Noteworthy Items Gleaned From World News
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Persuading Consumers Who Don't Listen

Online marketing and emerging media experts lay out strategies for captivating the experiential consumer in an increasingly interactive world.
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In-line flexographic printer for medical device and pharma packaging

EASTPACK : Bell-Mark showed its new FlexPrint mini in-line flexographic printer at EastPack in New York. At 11.5" x11.5" and 200 lb, the company says it’s the smallest in-line flexographic printer available.
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Wilpak adds 95,000 sq ft for co-manufacturing

Wilpak Inc.
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Thermal-transfer printer

EasyPrint X thermal-transfer printer from Bell-Mark has additional enhancements for further operational flexibility. This machine is described as the first inline thermal-transfer printer to offer an IP65 rating for harsh environments.
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Sustainable Packaging Forum set

The Sustainable Packaging Forum 2005 will take place October 17-19 at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia, PA.
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Ampac acquires Kapak

Ampac Packaging has completed its acquisition of Kapak Co..
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FDA rings bell for antidepressant class

For the first time, FDA urges manufacturers to put an entire class of medications into unit-of-use packaging.
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Reusable container study

Independent study shows multiple reuse of containers significantly reduces environmental burdens compared to single-trip containers.
Students' proposed motor oil bottle label, flagged with callout for No-Spill Flex Funnel.
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No-spill flexible spout for motor oil

This theoretical development from Cal Poly packaging students centers on a No-Spill Flex Funnel for PET motor oil bottles.
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Web Plus: Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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Ontario packaging fees to be discussed

A second morning session, Monday, March 1, at the Take It Back conference will cover new developments in packaging fees levied in Ontario, Canada.
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Packaging fees--closer than you think?

Packaging take-back obligations and recovery fees have long been a part of the European packaging landscape. Now they’re coming to Ontario, Canada, and a similar program is scheduled to start in Quebec.
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The Conference at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

A comprehensive three-day seminar organized into concurrent sessions each day, this conference is packed with information about the world of packaging.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
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IOPP 2002 AmeriStar Awards (Continued 2)

Pringles Snack Stack Cup Best of Category: FoodPringles Snack Stack cups are high-barrier, custom-shaped, single-serve cups thermoformed in-line.
The patented HeiLighter tamper-evident closure is shown unopened (left) and after opening, displaying an irreversible color chan
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PipeLine: Is it really complacency?

Among some responses I received to the November column on packaging’s role in thwarting terrorism, one was from Robert Heilman, a packaging industry veteran who is now an independent inventor.
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Packaging mandates workshop rescheduled

Raymond Communications has set Nov. 30 as the new date for “Global Packaging Mandates: How to Design for the Environment and Save Money,” at the Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas.
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Workshop explains recycling laws

An environmental packaging workshop will be held the day after Pack Expo Las Vegas, September 13 at the Hampton Tropicana Inn, Las Vegas. The one-day workshop will tackle how packagers can comply with the patchwork of "take-back" laws now on the books in 30 countries around the world. In addition, it will cover how to comply with California's recycled content mandate on rigid plastic containers.
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PET bottle catches a wave

This spring, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., Lakeville-Middleboro, MA, has begun nationwide distribution of its complete line of juices and juice drinks in a new flagship 64-oz Ocean Spray polyethylene terephthalate bottle. A unique brand-recognizable grip top incorporates the company logo and name molded into the bell of the bottle.
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'Gray' workers add black to Bonne Bell's bottom line

As this observer continues to move ever closer to “senior” status (already a veteran of several years with AARP), a talk with Jess Bell, vice chairman of Bonne Bell, Cleveland, OH, helps to energize both body and spirit.
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Converting technologies into solutions

CMM’s 13th biennial exposition in April plans to offer answers for converting and package printing industries, through what it calls its most comprehensive educational program ever.
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Recall boosts biotech opponents

The discovery of genetically engineered corn not approved for human consumption in Taco Bell taco shells has given new fodder to opponents of biotech foods.
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Spout pouch takes its stand

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Bell, a European food company, is packaging its new chicken and steak barbecue sauce products in an inverted stand-up pouch with a closure that acts as a base. Huhtamaki Van Leer Packaging Worldwide (Germany) converts the pouch material.
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For e-commerce, size does matter (sidebar)

Capsule reviews
Lidding material travels in a downward motion through the stacked thermal-transfer printers and meets the forming web just ahead
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Merit re-tools for a global marketplace

This medical device maker says goodbye to extra labels and replaces them with on-line, thermal-transfer printing on lidding material. Print now includes important symbols required by customers overseas.
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Britvic takes aim at children

Pleased with consumer response to its custom black “dumb bell” bottle for Tango soft drinks in a 500-mL size, UK soft drinks manufacturer Britvic has launched a 250-mL PET version aimed squarely at children.
On the Fast Trak: Color photos and product descriptions simplify cap ordering.
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Cap ordering goes electronic

With the proliferation of Web sites devoted to purchasing complex packaging machinery, it seems only natural that buying closures online would be the next step.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Welex Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) has opened its first regional sales office in Mansfield, OH.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Welex Inc. (Blue Bell, PA): Gerry Sposato, mgr., regional sales.
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WestPack celebrates 50 years of packaging innovation

Featuring five specialty pavilions, including a new one for converters, WestPack 99 honors its history at the Anaheim Convention Center Sept. 28 to 30.
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SouthPack '99: built for speed

With 450 exhibits and activities for learning, SouthPack '99, May 18 to 20 in Atlanta, also recognizes the area's fascination with stock car racing.
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Europe toughens packaging stance

New 'essential requirements' will necessitate alterations to many types of packaging to avoid European sales bans.
An equipment ?center? (above) at Anheuser-Busch?s Houston, TX, brewery is equipped with six labelers. This center is positioned
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Anheuser-Busch operators monitor 'mirrored' lines

Packaging equipment operators on Houston's two new bottling lines evolve from 'machine watchers' to 'process monitors.'
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Pack Expo week is a machinery extravaganza and more

Swirling around Pack Expo 98 are seminars and technical conferences that round out the Pack Expo experience. Euro mandates.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Laurence Bell, vp, science and technology of Fresh Express, is the 1998 winner of Institute of Food Technologists' Food Packaging Div. Riester-Davis Award.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Case Swayne Co., Inc. (Corona, CA) received Taco Bell's Bell Grande Award honoring outstanding Taco Bell suppliers.
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Grappling with eco-fees

Packagers shipping abroad can't afford to leave data reporting requirements and fee liabilities out of package design decisions.
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Reusable PVC clamshells short-circuit waste for Lucent (sidebar)

Bellcore rules: Setting the spec
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Stand-up pouch momentum builds worldwide

Innovative shapes and reclosable fitments and zippers were among the more noteworthy advances on display at a two-day stand-up pouch educational clinic sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Dearborn, MI).
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A different type of kitchen cleanser

Bushberry Deodorizing Liquid Soap for hands is available in scents like cucumber, lemon, vanilla and oatmeal, so it has a definite kitchen and garden tone.
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Nissel strongly defends sheet extrusion

The companies that calender plastic resin into sheet for packaging applications managed to "pull the wool" over the usually perceptive eyes of PW editors, according to Frank Nissel.
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.
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Recycled content: Is the loop broken?

Part two of our exclusive look at recycled-content plastic packaging reports how some packagers justify using recycled resin, even in down markets. Plus, evidence that the "closing the loop" issue won't go away soon.
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Freeze-dried veggies enjoy PVOH shield

A 0.84-mil oriented polypropylene with a coating of polyvinyl alcohol plays a key role in the distribution of Veggibles(TM), a novel freeze-dried vegetable snack from Beverly Hills Farmers Market.
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Plastics' broken loop

Recycled-content legislation has receded, environmentalists have been quiet and virgin PET is plentiful and cheap. Packagers are divided on whether to continue their commitments to use post-consumer resin in the U.S. market.
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Ocean Spray restages drink concentrates in wide-mouth PET bottles

Around our way, clear, hot-filled plastic bottles of Ocean Spray shelf-stable juice drink concentrates began showing up on supermarket shelves in late March.
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Matrix finds 'suede' takes special handling (sidebar)

Additional winners include:
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam (sidebar)

Licking a condensation problem
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
The quick-change rotary orienter (top) properly aligns three 375-ml flasks sold in two distinctive shapes (above
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Unloader, orienter speed Seagram's glass flask line

Automated uncasing speeds output and reduces costs for 375-mL glass flasks. Quick-change bottle orienter aligns bottles for downstream functions.
On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
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NACD calls cocktail mix bottle 'Finest'

Polypropylene bottle earns top award by providing functionality and contact clarity for cocktail mixes sold for on-premise use. Other easy-to-use containers also won awards, as did containers differentiated by decoration.
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Omelets come in a cup

Want to make an omelet in one-tenth the time it now takes to make a regular two-egg omelet?
Peter Levine of design firm Desgrippes, Gob? explained how revamping the logo for Ann Taylor stores began a relationship that 
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Designers yearn for credibility

Whether captive or consulting, packaging designers rarely get the credit or the budgets they need. Marketing 'pups' often control purse strings and decision-making. But there's a bit of light showing from designers' computer terminals.
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Supplier news: In Memoriam

John G. "Jack" Hendrickson of Welex Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) died recently at the age of 65.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Society of Plastic Engineers (Brookfield, CT) awarded its 1995 International Award in Business Management to Frank R. Nissel, president of Welex Inc.
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Flexibles mark technical achievements

FPA '94 competition winners created specialized packs: a child-resistant, easy-open bag and a recloseable handle bag for insecticides; a flexible wrapper for a rare crystal block; and a special bag containing a tarnish preventer for shipping jewelry.
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Software systems 'pop' big savings for Weaver

Computer software helps Weaver Popcorn improve pallet patterns and downsize corrugated shippers. The result is savings of thousands in freight and material costs.
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Mondavi turns carton inside out

Each fall, wine and spirits marketers come up with unusual and decorative holiday gift boxes for their products. Few of this year's crop are as unusual as the one produced by Mid-Cities Paper Box (Bell Gardens, CA) for 750-mL bottles of four varietals from Robert Mondavi Winery of Oakville, CA.