It may seem like too little and too late, but the Food and Drug Administration recently issued its 1993 revision of "Standards for the Fabrication of Single Service Containers and Closures for Milk and Milk Products." Federal and state regulatory inspectors use these standards as the basis for inspecting plants manufacturing dairy packaging.
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Custom packaging played a key role in the success of a recent hair-care product promotion by Matrix® Essentials of Solon, OH. The firm's Vavoom(TM) and Systeme Biolage® professional salon hair-care product lines were offered in a special 250-mL promotional size.
Its closure and container are stock items, and the label doesn't exactly stretch the envelope either. But the new paint package introduced last October by Colorations, Inc., has done wonders for sales.
The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.
The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.
Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the VI Scan Family of vision inspection equipment for pharmaceutical packaging. Inspects empty vials, crimped closures, liquid-filled vials, lyophilized cake, and date- and lot-coded labels.