This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
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In December, Heaven Hill introduced three 750-mL "Single Barrel" premium aged Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys, each in a decorative glass container placed on a special gift carton and sold throughout the year.
Lerman Container (Naugatuck, CT) has introduced HDPE Snap Ring cylindrical bottles for hair and personal care applications. Available in 6- and 8-oz sizes with a 22/415 finish, the bottles feature an in-mold indentation at the shoulder so that an overcap can snap on.
Perf Cap(TM) zipper tape from Minigrip/Zip-Pak (Manteno, IL) is designed for individually quick-frozen poultry, seafood and vegetables. It allows resealable packages to be made from PE and structured films on vf/f/s machines.
The SureTyer(TM) plastic strapping machine from Signode (Glenview, IL) provides simple, low-maintenance operation for high-speed bundling and carton closure applications at speeds to 35 straps/min, depending on package and chute size.
Direct sales company Watkins Inc. says it was the first in the U.S. to offer a money-back guarantee: if customers weren't satisfied with their bottle of vanilla extract, they could get a refund--provided the amount in the bottle didn't fall under the "trial mark" line molded into the glass.
Researchers at White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) estimate that by the year 2000, closure use in the U.S. food and beverage sectors will approach 74 billion units/year divided among seven sectors (right).