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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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Product is automatically fed into canisters by a PLC-controlled four-bucket filler (above). Product reaches the four individual
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Keebler becomes a canister convert

When consumers showed how much they liked resealable composite canisters for Animal Crackers, Keebler responded by launching other products in that package format.
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Cosmetics are big winners in packaging competition (sidebar)

Additional NACD award winners: Household Chemicals
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Twister takes a whole new shape

For its Twister brand juice beverage, Tropicana North America has launched a 1.75-L (59.3-oz) heat-set bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate that the Bradenton, FL, firm describes as "the first heat-set, hot-filled (180°+) rectangular PET bottle" for a juice beverage in the U.S.
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New bottle, label for Mogen David

To broaden the appeal of Mogen David chillable red wines, San Francisco-based The Wine Group chose design firm SBG Enterprise (San Francisco, CA) to update the packaging with a more contemporary look without alienating the product's current loyal following.
Olin?s four new injection-molded containers for pool chemicals include the 5-lb size (right) with molded hand-grip and product m
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Olin takes air out of pool chemicals display

A new line of interlocking modular square containers was designed to meet retailers' needs. Design features, some patented, make containers consumer-friendly as well.
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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.
Gillette?s new HDPE bottle (right) has an inner PET bottle that?s pleated (top),  surrounded by a rubber sleeve and filled under
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Gillette bets on pressurized plastic bottle

The initial mass-market application of an innovative pressurized dispensing system permits Gillette to offer a shave gel in a plastic container for the first time.
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Bass unveils PET/EVOH beer bottle in U.K.

"We scoured the world for the right technology." That's how Bill Dando, director of package development at Bass Brewers in Burton-on-Trent, England, describes the process that led to Bass' recent launch of one beer and one "alcopop" in identical high-barrier plastic bottles.
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HDPE-based Tropicana bottles project fresh, 'local dairy' image

In the first stage of a national roll-out, coextrusion blow-molded bottles for Tropicana FruitWise smoothies are finding a place in the refrigerated cases of supermarkets in Cleveland and several other markets.
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Barrier technology impresses judges

The prestigious Diamond Award of the eleventh annual DuPont Awards went to Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). CPT was honored for the high-barrier 400-mL (13.524-oz) polyethylene terephthalate single-serve bottle it developed for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.
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.
This 63-g refillable bottle (left) made of homopolymer PEN, developed by Coca-Cola for its mineral waters, is washed at 80?C (1
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Heat resistance leads to refillable PEN

Having learned valuable lessons from a returnable PEN bottle used by a sister company in Uruguay, Coca-Cola Germany introduces a new container made of homopolymer PEN.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
At the machine1s infeed, bottles are first handed off to the 16-valve fill-to-level filler (above). Platforms elevate each bott
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Monoblock propels Skyy into new markets

Filler/capper monoblock machine for miniature bottles of spirits enables Frank-Lin Distillers to permit customers like Skyy Spirits to enter the mini market on the West Coast.

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