Package Design

Closures

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U.S. Food, Beverage Closure Market

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).
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Aluminum "bottle" a first for vodka

While the cool, sleek appearance of brushed aluminum is not uncommon for health & beauty aids, it is unusual to see it in the spirits category. Hertford, U.K.-based MDT Wines & Spirits believes it is the first to use such a container for vodka.
Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.
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Legs stand out

Graphics on the new California Legs® line of women's shaving products boast the first four-color offset printing to be done on tubes, says the firm that makes and markets the product, Belvedere Intl., of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
In additional to single cartons, PFI produces overwrapped multipacks consisting of two to six cartons. The cartoner will also i
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Targeting a convertible cartoner

Private label OTC drug maker adds a cartoner designed specifically for the pharmaceutical industry, handling both glue and tuck-style cartons.
After discharging from the liquid nitrogen chiller, deodorant containers index to this capper for application of polypropylene c
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Deodorant sticks chill big time in small space

Tom's of Maine doubles its production of stick deodorants by adding an in-line chiller that uses liquid nitrogen to rapidly cool the hot-filled product.
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TE push-pull cap

The SCII Push-Pull from Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) combines dual tamper-evidence, patented snap-cap technology and a push-pull closure. The LDPE cap has a TE band around the button, as well as a TE tear-strip around the base of the cap.
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Aseptic screw cap fitment

International Paper (Memphis, TN) has introduced a screw cap for aseptic liter liquid containers. The Aseptic Liter Fitment is a counter-rotating device that breaks the foil seal found on liquid aseptic packages.
These 8-oz bottles of milk-it! brand milk in six-packs will debut in January in Orlando. Inset shows close-up of the bottle?s
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Fresh milk flirts with 'value added' packaging

Extrusion blown of LDPE and topped with a unique closure injection molded of the same material, this new package could give milk a whole new single-serve image.
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Baby wipes get a zippered pack

Just reaching store shelves as PW goes to press is a new package format for 160-count Huggies® Baby Wipes from Kimberly-Clark, Neenah, WI. Two features make it stand out in its category, where refill packs made of flexible film have complemented rigid plastic tubs for the past two or three years.
After filling, printed rollstock is perforated, cut and guided over the container before it enters the shrink tunnel. Perfecting
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Shaping new markets

Cacique pushes for mainstream acceptance of drinkable yogurt with a striking container design and vibrant full-body shrink label graphics.
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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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Mayfield milks nostalgic design

Now that Coca-Cola has awakened marketers to the power of nostalgia with its retro-style plastic bottles for Coke and Sprite, nostalgic package design is extending to the dairy category, too.
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Snap-hinge closures

The Eco Closure from Zeller Plastik (Libertyville, IL) is a PP snap-hinge dispensing closure that offers a 30% source reduction over a push/pull closure of the same neck size.
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Capping system

Alcoa Closure Systems (Indiana-polis, IN) has introduced the Intelli-Torq capping system. For use with both lined and linerless plastic closures on glass or plastic bottles, the sys-tem en-sures consistent re-moval torques and proper sealing with a variety of closure/ container combinations.

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