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Keeping on top--staying ahead

The packaging scene has always been complex and technically challenging. But now that the endlessly complex and sometimes contradictory requirements of sustainability have landed in our laps, packaged goods companies and the suppliers they rely on have it tougher than ever.
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High-end water bottle pays homage to art deco

AquaDeco overcomes glass bottle manufacturing and filling challenges using a bottle design the founder created before the company even started.
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RFID reaches 100% reliability

During the recent RFID Health Care Industry Adoption Summit in Washington D.C., packaging maker Owens-Illinois (O-I) and RFID provider Impinj demonstrated 100% reliability of radiofrequency identification (RFID) for pharmaceuticals in an item-level live demonstration. The companies claim that a new "embedded tag" method has helped them achieve this.
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California, here they come

The golden state’s ePedigree requirement may force FDA’s hand on the use of radio-frequency identification.
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Noteworthy Items Gleaned From World News

    * According to Reuter's news service, leading U.K. retailer Marks and Spencer will spend more than $390 million over the next five years to make sure its packaging and clothing will be biodegradable or compostable and that none of its waste will be dumped in landfill sites. The company said it will label all products on its grocery shelves that have been flown in from growers and will begin a trial using food waste to power its stores—aiming to become carbon neutral by 2012. For more information...
O-I embeds the nickel-sized RFID inlays, either HF or UHF frequency,  into the center base of the opaque white HDPE bottles.
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O-I pushes into embedded RFID

O-I is developing pharma bottles containing embedded tags, a trend that packagers hope brings them lower pricing for RFID technology.
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Tamper-evident RFID

It's another sign of the times we live in that authentication technologies, including RFID tags, may themselves need to be made tamper-evident to indicate when they've been messed with.
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Industry Watch

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COMPANIES:Hassia USA combined all of its sales and service organizations under the new corporate name, IWKA Packaging USA.
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Industry Watch

Companies:Payne has established a second print operation at its plant in Richmond, VA.
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Controls poster and glossary

Packaging World's controls poster in PDF form as well as a glossary of controls terms used in packaging, written from a packaging perspective.
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Proximity sensor a clear and simple solution

A better performing proximity sensor as a tactical solution to clear-container sensing fits neatly into ICS Inex’s overall strategy towards simplification.
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Beyond paper and plastic

While the examples of sustainable packaging described in the main body of this story happen to be either paper or plastic, stakeholders representing glass, aluminum, and steel also believe those materials have a good story to tell.
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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
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.
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People

Andrew MacLeod was appointed divisional vice president of sales and marketing for SCA Packaging North America.
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December Forecast continued

Arnie Orloski was kind enough to let me borrow his Pipeline space this month when I told him I’d run out of room for all the new developments in food and beverage packaging that overflowed from my December Forecast (see main story on page 44).
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Dual-chamber make-up gets custom closure

Procter & Gamble’s Cover Girl brand now includes the newly introduced Outlast Liquid Make-Up, packaged in dual-chamber, 44-mL bottles with durable, double-hinge, dual-dispensing closures.
John Carlson
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People

John Carlson was appointed director of engineering for MGS Machine Corp.
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Glass bottles shine for Coca-Cola Servicios

The Peruvian bottler selects glass to launch a single-serve beverage. Glass represents about 60% of the company’s business thanks to consumer familiarity and price point advantages in certain sizes.
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Companies

O-I officially opened a glass manufacturing plant in Windsor, CO, which will produce more than 1 billion bottles annually.
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Companies

R.A. Jones & Co. Inc.
Pearson Packaging Systems recently launched a rebranding campaign to reflect its commitment to continuous improvement, innovatio
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Companies

Pearson Packaging Systems recently launched a rebranding campaign to reflect its commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and customer service.
The molecular image is from the cover of the book Nanotechnology in Packaging.
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Nanotechnology packs promise

Nanotechnology is expected to deliver improved strength and barrier properties to flexible and rigid packaging materials, although widespread commercial use may be years away.
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Nanotechnology packs promise: supplier list

Following is a list of companies included in our story, Nanotechnology packs promise.
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Diamond Award Winners--best of the best (sidebar)

Folger’s AromaSeal Shaped Plastic Coffee Canister(see: packworld.com/go/c108)The Procter & Gamble Co./Product Ventures, Ltd.
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Seen previously in PW (sidebar)

Gold Award:Ritz Chips(see packworld.com/go/c110)Kraft FoodsPrintpack USAFlat-bottomed, easy-open, stand-up pouch, made from a tandem adhesive lamination, affords a peelable, easy-open function with convenient peel-off tab for reclosure.
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Companies

Rovema Packaging Machines appointed Resolutions Technologies Corp. as its Western Canada agent.
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Packagers emphasize environment and economics

Packaging professionals from Estée Lauder/Aveda, Hewlett-Packard, and Bacardi Bottling describe how their companies view packaging that is environmentally sustainable.
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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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Pipeline: Boon or bane for recycling?

We recently read about some communities that are shifting the way they or their contracted companies handle curbside recyclables. Skokie, IL, has joined a number of other communities in the Chicago area—and I’m sure elsewhere—that are no longer requiring consumers to separate materials they put out for recycling.
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Sprayer triggers consumer satisfaction

Upscale body care and ambiance product manufacturer Fruits & Passion of Montreal has earned high marks from customers for its decision to include the Owens-Illinois (Toledo, OH) Easy Pump trigger sprayer on its new line of cleaning products.
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Plastic beer bottles

A new family of stock PET beer bottles from Owens-Illinois (Toledo, OH) has a premium look, but not a premium price, company says.
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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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Achievements

–Cargill Dow LLC (Minnetonka, MN) is the 2002 recipient of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, Alternative Reaction Conditions Award, and was honored in a ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
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Heinz, Hunt's turn ketchup upside-down

Makers of Hunt’s and Heinz ketchup hope consumers will flip for new ketchup offerings that stand on their closures.
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SUPPLIER LISTING for Heinz N. A. and ConAgra's Hunt's brand

Here are the suppliers for the July News item on the upside-down ketchup bottles for Heinz North America and ConAgra's Hunt's brand:
Clariant Masterbatches (Charlotte, NC)
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Industry watch: Companies

—BluePrint Automation B.V. (Woerden, the Netherlands), with U.S. operations headquartered in Colonial Heights, VA, held an open house at its Woerden facility as a way to introduce its latest innovations in end-of-line packaging automation.
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A clever strategy for plastic beer bottles (sidebar)

Meanwhile, at Miller Brewing
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Miller unveils plastic cap

As television ads touting its plastic beer bottle begin to appear with some frequency, Miller has completed its development of an injection-molded plastic closure that replaces ROPP aluminum. Easier-to-recycle package is spotted in Chicago.
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Miller launches, Bud in test

Citing “growing consumer and retailer demand” as its motivation, Milwaukee-based Miller Brewing Co. has announced the nationwide rollout of its plastic barrier bottles for Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite and Icehouse brands in both 16- and 20-oz sizes.
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Food packs sparkle in DuPont Awards

From an Ocean Spray package that won the Diamond Award to a vacuum-insulated container for foods and other temperature-sensitive products, this year’s DuPont Award winners are an eclectic and innovative bunch.
Shopping cart software at Automationdirect.com makes shopping for controls on-line easy and?dare we say it?fun.
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Controls suppliers push toward e-commerce

While few packaging machinery and materials suppliers have begun selling their products on their Web sites, controls and automation suppliers are finding it eminently easier to sell via cyberspace.
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Beta testing will determine U.S. plastic beer bottle spec(s)

Some time after a computer software code is written, but before it is commercially launched, it undergoes a period of beta testing. During this period, select users try the program out, spot bugs in it, figure out function shortcuts, criticize the program's performance and let the developer know what they like and don't like about the software.
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Frozen baby food debuts in ovenable paperboard trays

When author O. Robin Sweet and her husband ventured to St. Petersburg, Russia, six years ago, writing two new books and starting a food processing business were the farthest things from her mind.
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Defending Miller's plastic beer bottle

Ever since Miller Brewing announced a major test of plastic beer bottles, the Milwaukee-based brewer has been roundly criticized by environmental groups.
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Miller's plastic beer bottle solves first of three marketplace puzzles

Those of us who thought Anheuser-Busch would be the first American brewer to market beer in plastic bottles at retail were surprised when, in early November, A-B turned out to be no more than a very interested observer as Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, commercially introduced three beers in unique, five-layer, oxygen-scavenging plastic bottles from Owens-Illinois' Continental PET Technologies, Inc.
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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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Controls for a complex system

The entire operation of the MS700 bowl filling/lidding system running at Sanfilippo is tightly controlled by a SLC 504 programmable logic controller from Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI).
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Shrink sleeve invigorates glass bottle

SmithKline Beecham's Lucozade, a popular energy drink sold in the U.K. and Ireland, recently received a dramatic packaging makeover intended to better convey the intense burst of flavor found inside the glass bottle.
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Controls glossary for packagers

With the help of some readers, Packaging World has assembled a glossary that defines controls terms. Most important, these terms are defined in the context of packaging machinery so that virtually all readers can relate them to the machinery we're all familiar with.
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The incredible power of shrink packaging

Shrink packaging of bottles, jars, cups and other rigid containers has amazing product merchandising and protection powers. While assuring the wholesomeness of food and beverages contained, shrink packaging can also transform a container frog into a packaging prince.
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Twister takes a whole new shape

For its Twister brand juice beverage, Tropicana North America has launched a 1.75-L (59.3-oz) heat-set bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate that the Bradenton, FL, firm describes as "the first heat-set, hot-filled (180°+) rectangular PET bottle" for a juice beverage in the U.S.
On the reheat stretch/blow-molding machine on which PSM?s cryogenically cooled bottles are blown, mandrel-mounted preforms are c
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Cryogenic cooling of heat-set PET awaits patents

The technology's not commercial yet, and it certainly has its skeptics. Test results show that thermal and barrier properties are enhanced significantly by blowing PET into heated molds and cooling with LN2 delivered by a unique new system.
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AquaPenn bottles Gerber, adds band

Milesburg, PA-based AquaPenn Spring Water Co. signed an agreement with Gerber Products Co., Fremont, MI, that gives AquaPenn the rights to fill 1.5-L of Gerber® Baby Water into clear polyethylene terephthalate bottles.
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Graphics, coex make for noteworthy tube

Colgate-Palmolive Canada is counting on graphics representing a trio of Looney Tunes characters from Space Jam to spark sales of its Colgate Junior brand toothpaste.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

Besides speed, any equipment on the Body Care line must fit into Mary Kay's packaging philosophy, which places a premium on flexibility. That's understandable.
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Shrinking U.S. glass container industry will likely raise prices next year

Paper. Metal. Plastic. Glass. In roughly that order, those are the materials from which packages have been made in the United States for the last half of the 20th century.
Specialty Brands1 decision to change its caps to a custom green color is an attempt to    maintain brand consistency. Label pane
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Spicing up a line

Specialty Brands revamps its Durkee Spice products for a more contemporary look. A switch from PP to PET, new sizes, graphics and freshness coding add flavor to a well-established line.
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Glass jar reflects sauce's uniqueness

Through a recent licensing agreement with Barilla S.p.A of Italy, Camden, NJ-based Campbell Soup Co. has begun manufacturing and marketing the Barilla line of pasta sauces, said to be Italy's number one pasta sauce.
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Roller coaster ride for recycled plastics, paper markets

As the buying habits of Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Clorox and People's Republic of China go, so goes the U.S. market for recycled packaging materials. Recycling capacity and changes in feedstock play major roles, too.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
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Clairol specs PCR plastic and paperboard

Substantial percentages of recycled post-consumer material are being used in the packaging of two new product lines from New York, NY-based Clairol.
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Smart package holds compliance solution

Incorporating an alarm clock into a prescription drug bottle seems like an idea whose time should have come long ago. It came last year, in the form of the MEMS® SmartCap(TM) from Aprex Corp., a Fremont, CA, company specializing in improved patient compliance.