NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: Patent-pending Gamma-Clear™ multilayer, oxygen-barrier OPP containers from Pechiney Plastic Packaging (Chicago, IL) offer glasslike clarity for packing food products at a lower cost than multilayer PET containers, the company says.
Liberty Carton Co. (Minneapolis, MN) was awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award in Occupational Safety from the Minnesota Safety Council; Liberty Carton was named the winner of the Most Innovative Package, 2001 award by the Tejas Chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals for its M-Guard Moisture Barrier Liner.
Come October, innovative packaging will help the H.J. Heinz Co. launch Heinz EZ Squirt, the first ketchup designed especially for kids. The Pittsburgh-based ketchup king designed the package with cool curves and pliable sidewalls that are easily squeezed.
Keebler’s contour pouch for cookies doubles as a hand puppet, while a wrap for frozen, microwavable sandwiches provides source reduction, and an all-plastic bag offers oxygen and moisture barrier for dry pet foods.