In June 2005, the Food & Drug Administration accepted a filing prepared by aseptic consultant National Food Laboratory, Inc. for the first rotary bottle filler for low-acid beverages in the U.S., installed at an HP Hood dairy facility in Winchester, VA.
Said to be the first true carafe molded of PET, Tropicana's new 1.75-L container for Pure Premium orange juice began shipping to stores early in May. With a 63-mm, wide-mouth opening, the carafe is blow-molded by Graham Packaging.
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.
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.
An easy-to-grip, contoured bottle with a dazzling shrink-sleeve label is pivotal to The Dannon Company's new Frusion fruit 'n' yogurt smoothie. Tarrytown, NY-based Dannon introduced Frusion nationwide in May after successful testing in 7-Eleven convenience stores in New England and southern California.
A polyethylene terephthalate bottle with a uniquely sculpted fruit-basket image on its shoulder is now reaching supermarkets in 17 eastern states. The 64-oz, heat-set, hot-fill, grip bottle, supplied by Graham Packaging (York, PA), contains 100% juice products from Apple & Eve.
Coated monolayer PET bottles are replacing glass for 16-juice drinks, juice cocktails and 100% juices. FDA-approved coating is said to cost less than multilayer barrier bottles. The heat-set PET bottles will be sold in vending and C-store channels nationwide.
Without much to-do, Bayer Corp. discontinued the use of its familiar cotton wad from its Bayer aspirin bottles last January. Bayer had been using the cotton for most of the century to keep fragile aspirin tablets from breaking during shipment, says Anne Coiley, manager of public relations for the Pittsburgh, PA, company.
Solutions 99 is the educational conference that will be part of Pack Expo Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20. Three mornings of seminars feature the latest topics in packaging. Pre-registration deadlines for the conference and for the show are Sept. 27.
Under development for nearly eight years, an all-plastic, easy-open, microwavable canister is now appearing in East Coast freezer cases holding several varieties of frozen juice concentrates for Welch's, Concord, MA.
Chicago-based Quaker Oats and Graham Packaging of York, PA, have announced plans to establish a plant-within-a-plant to blow mold hot-fillable polyethylene terephthalate bottles for Gatorade® Thirst Quencher.
Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
Graham Packaging (York, PA) and Lido Plast (Buenos Aires, Argentina) are forming a joint-venture called Lido Plast-Graham (Buenos Aires, Argentina) that will produce plastic packages for food, personal care, household products and auto lubricants.