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A clean sweep for Sunny Delight

A beverage company cuts downtime and consumer complaints with hot-melt ink-jet coders that solve the problem of clogs, smudges, and ink spills.
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Co-manufacturer help sambazon forge ahead in low-acid aseptics

California acai marketer taps Aseptic Solutions, which is poised to become a rare U.S. company capable of aseptically filling, low-acid products on a high-speed rotary filler.
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Pro Mach, Inc.’s ID Technology division has acquired The Glennon Group, a provider of labeling, marking, and packaging systems and services throughout the Midwest.
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Dairy advances aseptic/ESL plastic bottle technology

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.
An icon dominates graphics on packaging for the Microsoft Office: Mac line from Microsoft. The icon was developed for an earlier
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'Best-Practice' Techniques Deliver Shelf Impact

Here are five packaging strategies used today to help create the product-to-shopper connection that drives brand sales.
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Companies

Rovema Packaging Machines appointed Resolutions Technologies Corp. as its Western Canada agent.
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Packaging technology on display

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
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Companies

Pester USA Pac Automation (Allendale, NJ) (above) doubled the size of its U.S. headquarters by adding 18ꯠ sq’.
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Packaging technology on display, Part Two

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
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Tropicana introduces Golden Carafe

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.
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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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Dannon fits Frusion with contoured 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.
Baldor Electric Co. (Fort Smith, AR) has completed a new 22,000 sq' design, development and reliability laboratory. The laborato
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Relocations, expansions

DT Industries Packaging Group (Springfield, MO) has created DT Eng. Services, a service that enables its customers to tap the resources of engineers from the 18 global mfg.
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Fruit basket in relief adorns PET bottle

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.
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Appointments, promotions

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC): Harris E. DeLoach, Jr., COO.
PMMI executive board officers: (clockwise from top left) Bernard M. McPheely, Dennis P. McGrath, Robert S. Potdevin, Anthony J.
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Appointments, promotions

Robert’s Packaging Corp. (Battle Creek, MI): Robert G. Koppe, chairman of the board, CEO; Christopher R. Burrows, president, CEO.
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Welch Foods launches coated PET bottle

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.
While Kellogg's Snack'Ums are aimed at kids age 8 to 12 (above), Dannon's new drinkable yogurt (left) is for the 3- to 8-year-ol
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Packaging for kids at Kellogg and Dannon

When these two food processing powerhouses used existing brands as launch pads for kid-oriented new products, they were highly selective about their choice of containers.
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Supplier news: International agreements

IWKA AG (Karlsruhe, Germany) has taken over the packaging technology div. of Jagenberg AG (Düsseldorf, Germany). Concurrently, IWKA has sold its defense technology div.
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Welch tries plastic for hot-fill jams and jellies

Welch Foods is now testing a heat-set, hot-fillable jar made of polyethylene terephthalate for 32-oz jars of jelly and jam. The Concord, MA, firm is mum on the location and duration of the test.
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Custom bottle 'juices' Odwalla

Last month, beverage marketer Odwalla, Inc. introduced a custom-designed bottle for its 450-mL and 325-mL refrigerated juices that it says extends shelf life by 40% compared to a previous bottle.
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Bayer kicks the cotton habit

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.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Graham Packaging Latin America, LLC, a subsidiary of Graham Packaging Co. (York, PA), has formed Graham Packaging Argentina, S.A. (York, PA), and acquired LidoPlast, S.A.
Ben Miyares, V.P. Industry Relations, PMMI
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Solutions 99 conference focuses on emerging technologies

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.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Graham Packaging Co., L.P. (York, PA) will invest up to $50 million over five years in a new 45ꯠ sq' preform center in Darlington County, SC.
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Food, beverage packaging to star at supermarkets

New packages stand out for major brands like Snapple, Mrs. Butterworth's and Sara Lee at this year's FMI show.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Graham Packaging Co., LP (York, PA) has invested $30 million in a new mfg. plant in York, PA., where new single-serve PET bottle technologies will be explored
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Supplier news: Achievements

Welch's has named Graham Packaging (York, PA) as the recipient of the "Welch's Supplier of the Year" award for 1998.
After caps are applied, jars pass through an induction sealer (left) that secures a foil liner to the 63-mm finish. The clos
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Seneca sets its sights on plastic

Seneca Foods was among the first to convert from glass to hot-fillable plastic jars for applesauce. Now it fills both glass and plastic containers on essentially the same line.
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Veryfine grabs for added sales with new bottles

The latest hot-filled plastic bottle from Veryfine has a unique grip molded into the sidewalls just above the top of the colorful full-wrap film label.
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Welch's 'concentrates' on plastic can

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.
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Quaker, Graham announce plant-within-a-plant

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.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Graham Packaging Co. (York, PA) announced the purchase of five plant operations from CarnaudMetalbox (Philadelphia, PA), a div. of Crown, Cork and Seal.
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From soup to sauce, easy-grip PET

Hot-filled plastic jars with pinched-grip sides took center stage in May as Seneca Foods and Campbell Soup both unveiled intriguing new containers with similar-looking grips.
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A wide-mouth first in PET

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.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

The Blackstone Group's (New York, NY) private equity fund, Blackstone Capital Partners III, has signed an agreement to invest in Graham Packaging Co.
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Bold new look for Valvoline

The Valvoline Co.'s new "global" brand identity began reaching the marketplace this October in the form of DuraBlend, the company's semi-synthetic blend of motor oil.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Graham Packaging Latin America's (York, PA) subsidiary, Graham Packaging do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), has purchased Rheem Graham (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
Full-height corrugated trays are used for six packs of PET gallons. It?s a packaging format that has been a huge success in club
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Tropicana tries shelf-stable OJ in PET

Hot-filled orange juice in 1-gal heat-set PET bottles have been selling at a brisk pace at club stores nationwide since Tropicana launched them about a year ago.
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Supplier news: International agreements

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.
Added in the middle of last year, Tree Top?s PP closure includes a liner made of foamed PP and EVA copolymer. The materials sol
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Cap and liner top Tree Top's switch to PET

Changing from glass to heat-set PET boosts sales of apple juice and cider by 60% on 1-gal bottles. PP closure and EVA liner provide tamper-evidence and eliminate labor-intensive cap inspection.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Tetra Pak (Chicago, IL) and the Graham Packaging Group (York, PA) plan to expand their recently-formed global alliance for the dairy business. That includes entry into the U.S.
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Tetra Pak takes a systems approach to plastics packaging

When the world's largest international packaging supplier decides to expand into new packaging markets, packagers around the world-as well as the competition-had better take notice.