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Bill Riley promoted to president, MWV Home & Garden

Bill Riley has been promoted to the position of president, MWV Home & Garden, a full-service global platform of dispensing solutions--including sprayers, pumps and dispensing closures--that incorporates unique performance characteristics to communicate usability and ergonomics.
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Duke think-tank evaluates the state of medication adherence

Recommendations aim to help ensure that Americans get the most benefit from advances in pharmacology.
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Compliance-prompting packages earn honors

Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ Diovan HCT® Shellpak® was named 2010 Compliance Package of the Year at the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council’s annual Compliance Package of the Year (CPY) competition.
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Study reports 'modest improvement' in medication adherence

Dispensing data from 3.1 million individuals filling prescriptions at nationwide Walmart pharmacies shows positive adherence results from using calendar blister packaging.
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HCPC announces Compliance Packages of the Year

Packages for Novartis, Somaxon, and Three Rivers, and the DelPouch Starter Kit win 2010 honors.
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Adherence packaging in a changing healthcare market

A look at blister packaging as a format designed to improve patient compliance with a medication regimen, and other life science packaging issues, from the perspective of MeadWestvaco’s (MWV) Joel Beckerman, senior manager, product marketing, and Julia Amadio, global vp of marketing for healthcare.
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Walmart Rx plan could boost unit-dose packaging

Walmart and other pharmacies could drive more widespread use of unit-dose packaging in the U.S., says Peter G. Mayberry, executive director of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (www.unitdose.org).
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Putting sustainability into practice

Fresh milk, writing instruments, table salt, household cleaners, and guacamole—sustainable packaging initiatives are taking root in all five sectors.
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INDUSTRY WATCH

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Measurable success on the sustainability front

To paraphrase poet Robert Frost, we’ve miles to go before we’re green. But look at the progress we’ve made in the few short years sustainability has been on the front burner.
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Sustainability news & events

 Noteworthy Items Gleaned from World News.
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Moosehead muscles in on U.S. light beer market

In April 2008, Moosehead USA, Boulder, CO, the new U.S. importing arm of Canada-based Moosehead Breweries, launched Moosehead Light premium beer into select U.S. markets—including Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Jersey, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.
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Momentum builds for sustainable packaging

As the benefits of sustainable packaging grow more compelling than ever, both buyers and makers of packaging materials are finding ways to score successes.
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Sustainable packaging operations

Sustainability goes far beyond creating a package from a renewable or recyclable substrate or designing a package to minimize its environmental footprint.
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Package design for a sustainable future

Pressure on business to embrace sustainability is increasing daily. The most widely-accepted response for sustainable packaging is a "cradle-to-cradle" approach that inspires design and engineering of packaging systems that balance health, environment, and safety benefits with bottom-line cost considerations.
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High-visibility theft-prevention packaging: A love/hate relationship

So you come home from the store with a new toy for your child’s birthday. You know exactly what it looks like because you can see it through the package. You were actually able to play with it at the store in the package to see if it was "cool enough" and the right level for your child. The clear all-plastic thermoformed sealed clamshell package allowed you to touch various controls on the toy through strategically designed slots. The high visibility functional pack has significantly enhanced the shopping experience and aided the purchase decision, all without opening the package. When your child unwraps the present he or she can get a good feel if they like it or not by playing with it (at least to a degree) through the package.
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Responsible Sourcing and Usage of Paperboard-Based Materials

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a three-part series from MeadWestvaco that looks at the entire lifecycle of paperboard-based packaging systems. The series begins with the issues of sourcing.
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Six Sigma and pharmaceutical packaging

In this article, Kent St. Vrain of Paxonix reports on Six Sigma benefits, economic justification, and streamlining the process of getting product more quickly to market.
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Smart shelves...and cabinets

So-called smart packaging has been around for years, but what about “smart shelves”?
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Economics, environmental benefits, ease of transport

Three reasons why Three Thieves likes Tetra Pak® carton packaging option for wines.
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RFID has game at Best Buy

IDTechEx has published a slick new 128-page RFID in action 2006/7 magazine that features case studies culled from its “RFID Knowledgebase” of more than 2,300 implementations in 85 countries. Of the approximately 25 articles is Best Buy’s implementation that includes smart shelves, electronically enabled shelving that  can read the tags of products. This permits the retailer to know whether or not a package is present on-shelf to help reduce out-of-stocks.
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Club Stores: Show us the value

Display pallets and promotional packaging—two specialties of co-packers—are gaining steam as merchandising tactics. A third tactic, sustainability, is just getting legs.
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Industry Watch

Companies:Siko Products, Inc. announced that all Siko product lines would meet the European Union directive RoHS 2002/95/EG as of July 1.
PET PROJECT. POM Wonderful pomegranate has been introduced in a 48-oz handled bottle for 
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Polymer advances 'resin-ate' with packaging

Consumer- and technology-driven packaging trends come together at the National Plastics Exposition.
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Hair care packs turn heads

John Frieda Professional Hair Care Business launched in North America in February its Luminous Color Glaze at-home salon-glazing product in clear printed InSight™ packaging from AGI/Klearfold (www.agiklearfold.com), a business unit of MeadWestvaco.
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KEYS to package security

Industry experts disclose what it takes to secure packaged products in the supply chain.
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NASPO: Securing the supply chain

NASPO includes members like Bristol Meyers Squibb interested in securing the entire supply chain.
Packaging World presented Printpack with an award in recognition of its 50th anniversary. Publisher Joe Angel (shown far left) p
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TRACKING PACKAGING CHANGES
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Sustainability brings environmental, social, and economic opportunities

In the last of our three-part series, learn how major brands such as McDonald’s and Starbucks rely on their supply chain partners to push sustainable packaging forward.
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Sources of supply

By no means comprehensive, here is a brief list of some companies who are either in the business of providing sustainable packaging materials or can speak to the subject:Innovia, www.innoviafilms.comEarthcycle Packaging, www.earthcycle.comNatureWorks, www.natureworks.com Plantic, www.plantic.com.auFabri-Kal, www.fabrikal.comMeadWestvaco, www.meadwestvaco.comTetraPak, www.tetrapak.com0-I, www.o-i.comHuhtamaki, www.huhtamaki.comPlastic Suppliers, www.plasticsuppliers.comSee the main story that goes with this sidebar: Sustainability brings environmental, social, and economic opportunities
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Prescription for 400% Growth: Stay Ahead of the Curve

Anderson Packaging specializes as a pharma product-launch specialist. It monitors market trends, securing the right partnerships and purchasing the right equipment.
An example of Unilever's journey towards the sustainable packaging vision. The Ben and Jerry's pint container aims to be free of
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Beginning the journey to sustainable packaging

When it comes to sustainable packaging, a small step in the right direction is better than no step at all. Be sure to include all supply chain stakeholders, too.
Two Aveda achievements in sustainable packaging include the first lipstick case to be made of recycled materials (right) and a m
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Embracing the promise of sustainable packaging

The rise in oil prices has sparked interest in alternatives to petroleum-based packaging. But the sustainable packaging movement is about more than just oil pricing.
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Companies

Sato announced a definitive agreement to purchase Checkpoint’s Bar Code Systems Business, with operations in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, including its hand-held labeling solutions in the U.S.
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Embedded RFID

Should consumer packaged goods companies consider using packaging materials with RFID tags built in?
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RFID to shelves and beyond

Watch for rollout of item-level RFID-tagging soon at stores like Best Buy.
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Achievements

MeadWestvaco has been selected as a member of the 2006 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for global leadership in sustainability and corporate responsibility.
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Trend toward embedded RFID

RFID tags embedded by vendors in packaging materials and containers is seen as a growing trend that adds value to RFID.
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Integrated online design tool

An online program offers to help packagers streamline package development processes, control costs, and accelerate speed to market.
A two-piece, extrusion-coated, paperboard-and-blister combination pharmaceutical package offers consumers three value propositio
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Achieving value by anticipating needs (sidebar)

One successful tactic for paperboard manufacturers in developing value-based packaging is knowing what consumers want and then taking the initiative to anticipate CPG companies’ needs by designing the right packaging and marketing it to them.
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The power of paperboard

For the 62nd time the Paperboard Packaging Council presents its awards to an assortment of paperboard packs that catch consumers’ eyes.
Film-laminated paperboard cartons for two Procter & Gamble dry detergent brands offer examples of the shelf "pop" that 
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On paper, a world of opportunity

The consensus view is paperboard is hardly old-fashioned. But both consumers and retailers believe it can do far more to intensify the visual theater, clarify the price-value relationship with the product, and improve security.
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RFID one-on-one with Kevin Ashton Part 1

RFID Antenna exclusive: RFID authority Kevin Ashton, co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Auto-ID Center and now vice president of marketing with RFID reader vendor ThingMagic, provides insights and observations in this exclusive interview conducted in December. Part 2 concludes next month.
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Packaging Innovations for Food & Beverage: When Innovative Packaging Imitates Life

January 19-20, 2005Radisson Hotel Miami, FLwww.marcusevansbb.com/packaginginnovations
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Clemson students check for pouch leaks on this integrity tester.
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Clemson links students to 'real-world' packaging

Co-ops with packaging companies, on-site materials research, and ongoing communication with faculty and business professionals help Clemson packaging students ‘hit the ground running.’
A digital watermark provides a covert authentication method that can be confirme
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Smarter packaging

RFID and security technology, especially authenticating methods, headlined a recent Smart Packaging conference outside Chicago.
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Little consensus over child resistance testing for unit dose packaging

Leading drug manufacturers as well as packaging suppliers are locking horns over changes to child-resistant packaging test standards. Wide differences of opinion have emerged as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) considers a change to its test requirements for child-resistant unit-dose (U-D) packaging that was proposed by the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC).
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Demographics: A trend toward 'gray'

During Packaging World’s Media Day held in Chicago July 21, editor Patrick Reynolds’ Trends in Packaging presentation included a section highlighting demographic trends.
RFID tags like these are wending their way into packaging. Pallets and cases will get them first, but eventually even primary pa
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RFID and packaging security: not 'if,' but 'when'

The potential to track and trace helps establish a package's 'pedigree' and uncover tampering.
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The bottled water trend

With brands like Dasani and Absopure now selling their water PET bottles in MeadWestvaco FridgeMaster® multipacks, some bottle water manufacturers are shifting away from the more traditional shrink-wrapped multipacks.
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PPC Gold award winners

Following is a list of the Gold Award winners from the PPC annual competition.
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PPC Gold award winners

Following is a list of Gold award winners from the PPC annual competition.
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PPC Gold award winners

Following is a list of companies that won Gold Awards at the annual PPC competition.
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Sustainable packaging coalition forms

In November, a group of two dozen packaging professionals from companies such as Coca-Cola, Estée Lauder/Aveda, Masterfoods, Nike, PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Unilever agreed to form the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.
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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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Cradle-to-cradle catches on (sidebar)

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Achievements

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IoPP selects AmeriStar winners

Packaging for a pharmaceutical product from Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and a medical device from Exactech Inc. earned top awards in the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ 2003 AmeriStar competition.
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Achievements

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BPNC's original overwrap (left) bore too close a resemblance to kid-oriented packaging, so now the product is merchandised verti
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This end up

A start-up company in Toledo had just ordered an automatic multi-packer for its alcoholic gelatins. Then it had to change its pack.
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Compliance packages of the year

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council announced the 2002 winners of its Compliance Package of the Year Award: Lamictal by GlaxoSmithKline; Fosamax by Merck & Co.; and Nexium by AstraZeneca.
Although it's said to be in use, the Dosepak spokeswoman declined to identify any pharmaceutical companies that use the CR, seni
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Blistering the CPSC

Unit-dose packagers complain that the Consumer Product Safety Commission actually inhibits the use of safer child-resistant drug packaging.
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Blistering the CPSC

Unit-dose packagers complain that the Consumer Product Safety Commission actually inhibits the use of safer child-resistant drug packaging.
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WIP and MeadWestvaco form partnership

Women In Packaging (Kennesaw, GA) and MeadWestvaco Corp. (New York, NY) formed a new corporate partnership that will help offer career advice to women in the packaging industry.
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Q&A: Finding new channels

Neil Volkmar is vice president, supply chain for Snapple Beverage Group, White Plains, NY. He discusses his company’s refrigerator-friendly paperboard eight-pack of 11.5-oz cans, introduced last summer, and how it’s marketed.
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Suppliers team up for women cancer patients

Several packaging suppliers have teamed up to provide 60ꯠ printed paperboard cartons for the Look Good...Feel Better® program that’s co-sponsored by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Assn.
LMC Intl. (Elmhurst, IL) appointed John Molinaro to the position of regional sales manager.
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People

TricorBraun (St. Louis, MO) hired Mark Polivka as the vp of supply chain management.
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People

–Impaxx (Vernon, CA) appointed Kenneth Phillips as vp and chief financial officer, and Thomas Soper III as vp, chief growth officer.
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–Kisters Kayat (Edgewater, FL) hired Michael Brancato as vp, sales and marketing.
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Web Plus: Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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Companies

–Lansmont Corp. (Monterey, CA) opened its new Lansmont Technical Services Center in Irvine, CA, for product and package testing, field measurements, consulting, and education.
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Achievements

–The Institute of Packaging Professionals (Naperville, IL) announced that Paul J. Zepf has been named Member of the Year. –Exopack (Spartanburg, SC) received the 2001 Monsanto Supplier Quality Recognition Award for outstanding product quality and service.
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At interpack 2002

NEWS FROM INTERPACK 2002: Packworld.com looks at some of the show’s notable news and products.
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Security packaging

AGI/Klearfold (New York, NY) offers Durafold™ Security Packaging, a new theft-resistant packaging option that helps consumer-product companies reduce pilferage in retail environments.
Rexam makes beverage cans (left) from huge coils of aluminum (above). The aluminum order is automatically processed for payment
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The packaging supply chain--what's next?

A new collaborative mentality fortified by the latest IT tools is reshaping the packaging supply chain.
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Companies

–Aetna Group has located its U.S. div. in a 77ꯠ sq’ facility in Duluth, GA. –MeadWestvaco Corp.