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Early Times pours into PET

Following the success of its switch to PET from glass for Canadian Mist blended whisky in 1999, Brown-Forman Beverage Worldwide in November launched a 1.75-L PET bottle for its Early Times Kentucky whisky. Like Canadian Mist, the Early Times bottle is injection stretch/blow-molded by Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI).
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Europe grows can shipments

Shipments of beverages in cans in Europe for the first half of 2001 showed 5% growth compared with a year earlier, according to Beverage Can Makers Europe.
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Contoured bottle fits Hansen's entrance into single-serve water

Hansen Beverage Co. entered the single-serve flavored water market in July with its Energy Water line sold in a 24-oz hot-filled polyethylene terephthalate bottle from Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI).
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Achievements

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.
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Achievements

—Packaging Corp. of America (Lake Forest, IL) has established an e-storefront in the Paperloop.com (San Francisco, CA) marketplace. —Cargill Dow LLC’s (Minneapolis, MN) NatureWorks™ PLA was awarded the Dept.
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Solutions 2000: world's largest packaging conference

PACK EXPO International 2000 is not only the biggest U.S. packaging show, but this year it also boasts what it calls “the world’s largest conference:” Solutions 2000, planned for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.
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Perrier debuts gulpable water

The Perrier Group of America introduces its first ever PET water bottle with a 43-mm, wide-mouth opening.
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Hormel is first with salsa in PET

A 64-oz club-store-size container for Chi Chi's brand salsa is made of monolayer PET and can be filled at temperatures near 200°F. Special bottom enables container to withstand internal vacuum.
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International agreements

Convenience Food Systems (Avon, MA) has acquired Dixie Union (Kempten, Germany).
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Cocktails reposition into ergonomic bottles

In mid-June, United Distillers & Vintners-Northeast relaunched T.G.I. Friday's™ cocktails in PET and glass bottles designed with an eye toward the ladies.
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International agreements

UPM-Kymmene Corp. (Helsinki, Finland) and Champion Intl. Corp. (Stamford, CT) have approved a definitive merger agreement that would create a global paper and forest products co.
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Carlsberg's plastic beer bottle adds barrier

Just a few months after introducing a refillable beer bottle made of polyethylene naphthalate in Denmark (see Packaging World, Sept. '99, p. 10, or packworld.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Schmalbach-Lubeca, Plastic Containers USA Inc. (Manchester, MI) will start operation at its 260ꯠ sq' Allentown, PA, facility.
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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Hansen's joins the trend toward PET

Attention-grabbing labels on heat-set bottles injection stretch/blow-molded of polyethylene terephthalate are helping Hansen's® Healthy Start(TM) juices get off to a healthy start in the marketplace.
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World packaging 'capital' shifts to interpack

Steel packaging issues to be heard
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Supplier news: International agreements

Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI) and PETCO Intl. (Miami, FL) have acquired Volcan (Medellin, Colombia), the largest independent PET converter in Colombia.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Schmalbach-Lubeca (Ratingen, Germany) has opened its first mfg. facility in Turkey, Schmalbach-Lubeca PET Containers (Istanbul, Turkey).
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Bottle-to-bottle PET recycling beckons in Germany

German mineral water and soft drink marketer Rosbacher installs a first-of-its-kind stretch blow molder and seeks to popularize closed-loop recycling of PET beverage containers.
Black-suited bodyguards (left) are a highly visible component in Karlsberg?s efforts to promote its 12;2-L plastic bottle. Poin
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Brewers pouring into plastic

Brewers around the world have been on the fence about plastic bottles. Suddenly they're commercializing a variety of plastic barrier structures.
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Jams and jellies take to PET

Recent advances in injection stretch/ blow molding technology have made it possible for food marketers to hot-fill foods into wide-mouth jars made of heat-set polyethylene terephthalate.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI): William J. Long, president, Schmalbach-Lubeca Plastic Containers Americas.
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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: International agreements

Schmalbach-Lubeca AG (Ratinger, Germany) has announced the formation of a joint venture with Filamentos Industriales (Lima, Peru) and Petco Intl. (Miami, FL) to form Schambach-Lubeca PC Del Peru, S.A.
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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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Fire at beverage can plant

Schmalbach-Lubeca suffered a July 26 fire at its beverage can plant in the German district of Bad Durkheim near Mannheim. The company indicated it would be able to almost fully offset the temporary production loss by drawing upon stocks and shifting production to other locations.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Schmalbach-Lubeca AG (Ratingen, Germany) has purchased a beverage can plant in the Czech Republic.
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI) bought 11 acres in Erie, PA, to build a 57ꯠ sq' tooling plant.
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Pepsi 'Storms' Colorado, 'Grips' Dayton

A striking metallized label is helping Pepsi-Cola introduce its new lemon-lime soft drink, Storm(TM), to three Colorado markets-Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Schmalbach-Lubeca AG (Ratingen, Germany) celebrated its 100th anniversary on January 7.
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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: International agreements

Schmalbach-Lubeca AG (Ratingen, Germany) has acquired Braspet Industria e Comercio de Embalagens Plasticas Ltda. (S"o Paulo, Brazil).
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Smirnoff 1.75 L relaunched in proprietary PET

Hoping to boost sales, United Distillers and Vintners, Hartford, CT, has relaunched its Smirnoff premium vodka in a proprietary 1.75-L polyethylene terephthalate package whose rollout was to be completed this month.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Schmalbach-Lubeca AG (Ratingen, Germany) will open a new PET factory in Santa Rosa, Metro Manila, Philippines.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Schmalbach-Lubeca, Plastic Containers USA Inc. (Manchester, MI): Bill Burke, president.
All four flavors of 13.5-oz Still Tango are aseptically filled in black PET bottles bearing striking graphics
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Britvic banks on being different

This UK beverage marketer was a pioneer in aseptically filled PET bottles. Other ambitious packages include matte-black coated glass for on-premise sales and black PET bottles in four sizes.
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn (sidebar)

HDPE container production 'captiv-ates' AquaPenn
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
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PET bottle helps Campbell extend V8 brand

Campbell Soup Co. attracted considerable attention in early '96 when it launched a heat-set polyethylene terephthalate bottle for V8 vegetable juice (see PW, Apr.
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Pepsi tells Detroit shoppers to get a grip

In early May, Pepsi-Cola Co., Somers, NY, began testing its Quick Grip PET bottle in four Detroit area supermarkets. "Ease of handling and pouring, that's what's being tested here," says Pepsi spokesperson Larry Jabbonsky.
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Plastics' broken loop

Recycled-content legislation has receded, environmentalists have been quiet and virgin PET is plentiful and cheap. Packagers are divided on whether to continue their commitments to use post-consumer resin in the U.S. market.
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Final score for '96: Productivity gains 41, productivity losses 6

Of 516 responses to the 1997 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator Survey, more than four in ten (41%) report productivity improvements in 1996, compared to just 6% who say their companies experienced losses in productivity.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Pechiney (Paris, France), Schmalbach-Lubeca AG/Continental Can Europe (Ratingen, Germany) and Doughty Hanson & Co. (London, England) will form a new company which will combine their food can, general line and steel aerosol businesses.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Johnson Controls Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) has agreed to sell its plastic container operations to Schmalbach-Lubeca AG/Continental Can Europe (Ratingen, Germany).