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Rigid Containers

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How European culture drives packaging

The Intl. Steel Packaging Congress 1999, held during interpack 99, illuminated ideas for European manufacturers at the turn of the century. Many points will resound also in the U.S.
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A worker at right adds bottles to a floor-level hopper that feeds them into the new bottle unscrambler at the Naturally Vitamins
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Vitamin packer wins new production in Las Vegas

Naturally Vitamins' president didn't go to Las Vegas to gamble, but a visit to Pack Expo there in '97 led to purchases that doubled packaging output and productivity.
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A first in peelable foil membranes

Fruit Bites, a 140-g can of retorted sliced fruit pieces from Australia's Golden Circle Ltd., won two gold medals in the May 1999 "Can of the Year" competition sponsored by England's The Canmaker magazine.
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Beverage company invests in new bottles, labeler

Since its inception in 1992, Tradewinds beverages has seen three different bottle designs, with the most recent hitting store shelves in mid-April.
Following a liquor-bottle trend, American Beverage Marketers switched its Master of Mixes cocktail mix bottles from glass to pi
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Mixer bottle shapes up

Cocktail mixer bottles take new shape in pinch-grip PET. Also new are a gold hot-stamped, pressure-sensitive label and HDPE closure.
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Ocean Spray firmly grasps handled PET

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., broke new ground in mid-April by introducing a 1-gal, clear, heat-set polyethylene terephthalate bottle that incorporates a preformed polypropylene side handle.
Users spray foam from the returnable containers onto everything from buildings (shown) to refrigerated trucks.
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Fomo tracks many happy returns

A tracking system better controls Fomo Products' fleet of returnable containers holding foam insulation chemicals. That helps the company save up to $60ꯠ/yr.
Attached to each container is a card that identifies the supplier, indicates how many parts are included and where the conta
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Cleaner and greener

Lexmark gains multiple benefits by replacing corrugated shippers with reusable plastic containers for laser printer parts shipped to Lexington for printer assembly.
Four crates are filled with each cycle of this machine. Each gripper aligns its bottle so that when bottles land in the crate, l
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Bottle-to-bottle PET recycling beckons in Germany

German mineral water and soft drink marketer Rosbacher installs a first-of-its-kind stretch blow molder and seeks to popularize closed-loop recycling of PET beverage containers.
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Small package poses big challenge

Ecoly Intl. was in a sticky situation. The company needed to downsize its 10-oz Oak Tree Finishing Aerated Hairspray into a 1.7-oz version for use in a travel kit, without losing rich package graphics and extensive copy.
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Composite canister ousts steel can for nuts

Gone are 603 x 408 steel cans for foodservice nut products at Azar Nuts of El Paso, TX. Foodservice vice president Gary Stewart couldn't be happier.
Consumers can easily tear off Silver Blue?s induction seal and throw it away. A foam liner inside the closure further protects t
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Silver cleaner polishes its look

Silver Blue's complete overhaul eliminates leakage and breakage while improving esthetics.
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Miller's plastic beer bottle solves first of three marketplace puzzles

Those of us who thought Anheuser-Busch would be the first American brewer to market beer in plastic bottles at retail were surprised when, in early November, A-B turned out to be no more than a very interested observer as Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, commercially introduced three beers in unique, five-layer, oxygen-scavenging plastic bottles from Owens-Illinois' Continental PET Technologies, Inc.
Black-suited bodyguards (left) are a highly visible component in Karlsberg?s efforts to promote its 12;2-L plastic bottle. Poin
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Brewers pouring into plastic

Brewers around the world have been on the fence about plastic bottles. Suddenly they're commercializing a variety of plastic barrier structures.
The Ernest & Julio brand takes an hourglass shape in two sizes (right). For Gossamer Bay (below left) only the 1.5-L bottle has
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Gallo gets shapely

Two new bottle shapes from Ernest & Julio Gallo of Modesto, CA, are shaking things up in the retail wine rack. The brands involved are Gossamer Bay and Ernest & Julio Gallo.

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