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Sustainability news & events

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Winemakers lead the way on packaging developments within alcoholic drinks

Winemakers have woken up to the fact that packaging can make a difference to their offering, a fact that has been long exploited by soft drinks and food manufacturers alike.
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Say goodbye to excess

“The days of excess are over.”
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Industry Watch

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Noteworthy items gleaned from world news

Steve Sterling, Contributing Editor
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The wrap-up: Truly custom packaging

One-of-a-kind packaging with a personal touch.
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A look under the hood at Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak hosted a late August media update of marketing and technical topics.
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French Rabbit came first

Boisset’s first alternative package for wine was French Rabbit, a 1-L Tetra Pak Prisma®. Like Yellow Jersey, this paper/foil/polymer lamination was launched through Ontario’s LCBO and was driven largely by environmental concerns. The promotional tag line accompanying the launch: “One smart rabbit. Savour the wine. Save the planet.”
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SUSTAINABILITY NEWS & Events

Noteworthy Items Gleaned From World News
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Industry Watch

CompaniesNorwood Marking Systems/Allen Coding Systems announced the formation of a distributor agreement between ITW Ltd.  and Allen Codiergeräte GmbH. The agreement gives the ITW companies exclusive rights to distribute the coding and marking equipment designed and manufactured by Germany-based Allen Codiergeräte to all the regions of the world not served by Allen Codiergeräte.
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Coconut Water

Not to be confused with coconut milk, US producer and distributer of "value-added, water-based" products, Tropical Beverage, introduces ONE.
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Tetra targets China

To meet the "explosion" in milk consumption, Sweden's Tetra Pak will double capacity in Beijing.
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Modified Packaging Summit spotlights contract packaging

Changes will integrate former Packaging Services Expo and Containers & Materials Expo. Outsourcing will be one focal point of this year’s conference sessions.
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Sustainability News Digest

-Noteworthy Items Gleaned From World News-
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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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Recart takes a bow in Chile

Among the latest food firms to begin using the Tetra Pak (www.tetrapackusa.com) Recart™ packaging system for retorted shelf-stable foods is Alimentos Wasil S.A. of Santiago, Chile. On a sophisticated packaging line in its own plant (see video at www.wasil.cl), the firm produces 13.4-oz cartons of vegetables, peaches, or fruit salad.
ISOLATOR CHAMBER. Sterilization, rinsing, filling, and capping are all conducted inside this microbiological isolator chamber.
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Low-acid aseptics 101

To fully appreciate the significance of the Aseptic Solutions installation, it helps to review the nature of today’s aseptic beverage packaging scene.
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Pediatric Drink In Aseptic Cartons

In June 2006, PTS Labs, Rosemont, IL, launched its ReVital Care Bears pediatric electrolyte drinks in 1-L aseptic cartons from Tetra Pak (www.tetrapak.com).
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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.
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.
From SoBe and from Trinity Springs: hot-fill PET bottles that don't require vacuum panels in the sidewalls.
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Look what's coming down the packaging pike

From sustainability to high-pressure sterilization to nanotechnology, developments in food and beverage packaging hold tremendous promise.
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Aseptic and ESL packaging keeps evolving (sidebar)

Progress on the rotary front
A flexible pouch holding just eight moist towelettes creates a smaller package that makes Washettes more portable.
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The right innovation can redirect a category

Leveraging structural opportunities to ease consumers’ stress can elevate a brand’s stature and build additional sales.
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Almaden's single-serve wine box

Canandaigua Wine Company, thought "inside the box" when it debuted Almaden Red Sangria in the 500-mL Tetra Prisma[r] package from Tetra Pak.
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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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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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Flexible packaging reigns

Flexible packages predominate in this year’s DuPont Awards competition. Innovation in biodegradable packaging and convenience also shine.
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Flexible packaging reigns

Flexible packages predominate in this year’s DuPont Awards competition. Innovation in biodegradable packaging and convenience also shine.
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People

–Sandra Beach Lin has been named president of Alcoa’s (Pittsburgh, PA) closures business, Closure Systems Intl. –Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL) hired Christopher M.
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Sidel 'refocuses' on core businesses

NEWS FROM INTERPACK 2002: Gérard Stricher, CEO of Sidel (Le Havre Cedex, France) announced a newly reorganized company that will concentrate its energies in three specific product areas for its customers worldwide.
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Industry watch: Achievements

Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL) was honored with the Association of Post Consumer Plastics Recyclers’ Partners for Change Award. —Meyers Label (Minneapolis, MN) is the 2001 recipient of ¶Hormel Foods Corp.’s Hormel #1 Award.
This hot-filled multi-serve bottle, marketed jointly by Minute Maid and The Walt Disney Co., represents one beverage category th
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Plastic bottles move toward aseptics

It won’t be a ‘slam dunk,’ but some experts say that aseptic filling of both high-and low-acid products into plastic bottles will gain wider acceptance across the United States.
Watson Label Products (St. Louis, MO) has moved to its new location at 10616 Trenton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132. Pictured from le
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Relocations, expansions

Tetra Pak (Lund, Sweden) will sell its plastics activities in PET preform and stretch blow molding machines as part of the company’s revision of its plastics business strategy.
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International agreements

Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL) has formed a strategic relationship with Givaudan (Geneva, Switzerland) and Roche Vitamins Inc. (Parsippany, NJ) to bring product development and marketing solutions to manufacturers of fortified applications.
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Aseptic pack "AdvantEdge"

Golden, CO-based EAS has a new ready-to-drink shake, AdvantEdge, on store shelves in an octagonal-shaped 11-oz Tetra Prisma aseptic carton. For the company’s first single-serve nutritional beverage, EAS conducted research to provide its customers with a convenient drink box.
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<a href="http://www.dotpackaging.com/news/innovation/01_05_16_001.shtml">New Tetra Pak carton challe

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: Retortable carton system offers an alternative to tins and jars. Click logo for full article.
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Aseptic drink box recyclable in Canada

What was once reviled by environmentalists in the United States and was actually banned in the state of Maine in the early ‘90s is now the recipient of an environmental award in Canada. A new 250-ml recyclable Tetra® Prisma aseptic carton, which holds Oasis Health Break juice cocktails from A. Lassonde, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, received an Envirowise Award for its recyclability from the Packaging Association of Canada in April ’01.
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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.
International Holographic Paper Co. (Chalfont, PA) has finished its new warehouse facility.
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Relocations, expansions

Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL) announced the opening of its new pilot plant in Denton, TX.
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German brewer second to launch in 'Glaskin'

The second brewery to announce a launch of beer in a Tetra Pak (Geneva, Switzerland) Glaskin™ plastic bottle is Bitburger of Bitburg, Germany. The Bitburger 38 Bigneck is scheduled to reach as many as 10ꯠ Lekkerland/Tobaccoland gas station outlets throughout Germany beginning this month.
Spendrups managing director Jens Spendrups (left) and Tetra Pak CEO Gunnar Brock (right) toast the plastic beer bottle at a Febr
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Plastic's beckoning to beer

Two European brewers are pushing ahead with barrier coatings on PET bottles while a third is expanding its use of coinjected multilayer technology.
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Prisma-powered drinks are aimed at adults

An acknowledged leader in aseptic filling of PET bottles, Lassonde Industries is among the first to install a Prisma aseptic packaging system from Tetra Pak. It is used for 236-mL packages.
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In memoriam

Gad Rausing, 77, long-time executive of Tetra Pak (Lausanne, Switzerland) and son of its founder, passed away Jan. 28.
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Euro brewer debuts 'glass' inner-coated PET bottle

New technologies for beer in plastic are moving forward. Among the newsiest launches is in Sweden, where Spendrups Brewery of Stockholm in March introduced its Norrlands Guld beer in 500-mL (16.9 oz) high-barrier Glaskin bottles. Developed by Tetra Pak (Geneva, Switzerland), the proprietary Glaskin technology relies on a vacuum deposition process to coat the inside of blown PET bottles with a clear layer of silicon oxide.Spendrups is the first to use the technology on a commercial basis.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 14001 certification: Collamat Stralfors AG (Basel, Switzerland); Tetra Pak Plastic Packaging Div. (Geneva, Switzerland), for its U.K. and Belgium factories.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Tetra Pak Inc. (Vernon Hills, IL) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September to open its new environmentally friendly U.S. corporate headquarters at 101 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061; phone: 847/955-6000, fax: 847/955-6500.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL) and educational software developer Edmark (Redmond, WA) have joined forces to sponsor "eCarton," a unique milk carton side-panel program that will provide elementary schools with educational software.
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French juice marketer first to use reclosable cap

French juice marketer Les Vergers D'Alsace is the first to use the new resealable and tamper-evident opening device for aseptic brick packs from Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL) called the SpinCap.
Inside the first sterile chamber of the rotary aseptic system, bottles are sterilized with a spray of oxonia
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Filling PET aseptically at 200/min

With a prototype system in one plant and generation two in another, this Italian food company likes what it sees in rotary, aseptic filling of teas and sports drinks in PET.
The automatic shrink bundler produces multipacks in unsupported film or in overwrapped trays
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Aseptic PET is Henniez's cup of tea

A leader in the bottled water business in Switzerland, Henniez is making a bold move into in-line blowing and aseptic filling of plastic bottles for iced teas.
Formed beef patties are automatically dropped into formed trays by a retractable conveyor system
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Migros 'MAPS' out a meat strategy

The Migros chain of supermarkets in Switzerland relies on barrier materials and centralized, modified-atmosphere packaging for its case-ready fresh ground beef.
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New look and shape for aseptic packs

"We think it's a revolutionary packaging development."That's what Jim Montealegre, vice president of procurement, product development, graphics and legal services at Golden Valley Foods, has to say about the Prisma package from Tetra Pak (Chicago, IL).
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Tetra Pak Plastic Packaging Div. (Geneva, Switzerland) has relocated to share a headquarters building with its Tetra Pak PET Packaging Systems company in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Tetra Pak (Lund, Sweden) has announced that Tetra Pak Flexible Packaging Systems in Lincolnshire, IL, will be closed in an effort to focus solely on PET and HDPE rigid packaging systems.
Breakfast Mates will represent the first cereal package that Kellogg will sell in the refrigerated section. The 0;eat-from? pac
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Breakfast, mate?

Ready-to-eat, single-serve combination packs pair cereal with milk (and spoon) in the refrigerated case. The 'eat-from' packs show that innovation is alive and well on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Tetra Pak (Geneva, Switzerland) has opened two new PET preform plants in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Valencia, Spain.
Marketers at Ocean Spray felt their former 1-L brick carton (above left) used too many graphic elements. The redesigned look (ab
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Graphics juice up Ocean Spray's drink cartons

Sales of Ocean Spray's 1-L juice drinks are up 30% in the U.K. due to a graphics redesign that creates a look of 'elegant simplicity' on the shelf.
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Britvic banks on being different (sidebar)

McCain tests aseptically filled PET
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Tetra Pak Inc. (Chicago, IL): Michael Dregalla, dir. of sales, processing div.
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Ocean Spray restages drink concentrates in wide-mouth PET bottles

Around our way, clear, hot-filled plastic bottles of Ocean Spray shelf-stable juice drink concentrates began showing up on supermarket shelves in late March.
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Only leaders need apply

In the year 2000, say Packaging World sources, the key ingredient in a director of packaging will be dynamic leadership skills. The candidate had better be a people person, too, and be able to wear a number of interdisciplinary hats.
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Uncanny developments at Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup Co. (Camden, NJ) has an undeserved reputation as a one-product/one-package company. It almost never has been a single product company, and it has always used a variety of packaging forms.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Tetra Laval Group (Albion, MI) has changed its name to Tetra Pak Hoyer.
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Slaying the technology beast (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
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Dairyland tests Tetra's latest

In August, Dairyworld Foods of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, became the first in the world to commercialize a new pouch concept from Tetra Pak Canada (Aurora, Ontario, Canada).
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
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U.K. dairy tests Tetra Max

The Plastics Packaging Systems division of Tetra Pak Intl. (Lund, Sweden) was formed last September as part of Tetra's expansion beyond paper, where it has a huge global presence.
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Aseptic packaging matters.

Once maligned as an environmental hazard and even banned in Maine, aseptic packaging has now been recognized as earth-friendly, receiving the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development.
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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.
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Beverage containers dominate DuPont awards

A flexible beverage container and a hot-filled, shelf-stable juice pouch stand out at the ninth annual DuPont awards competition. Environmental categories and international entries again prove distinctive.
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Hershey tries aseptic milk, too

Aseptically packaged milk has been a supermarket staple in many countries for years. But U.S. consumers have never quite managed to adjust to the flavor change that results from high-heat processing.
Graphics have been redesigned for all Minute Maid packages
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Juiced up packaging

Chiquita tests SiOx-coated board and a brand new gabletop carton size. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Foods says goodbye to Minute Maid's basic black, redesigns Hi-C and launches a novel 7.7-oz aluminum can.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Tetra Pak Distribution Americas Inc.(Eden Prairie, MN) announced the opening of Tetra Pak Distribution Americas Inc. just outside Minneapolis. The new facility will serve as Tetra Pak Distribution AB's headquarters for North, Central, and South America.