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Rigid Containers

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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Big Mac to move to new pack

McDonald's reportedly will be packing its Big Mac® sandwiches early next year in a compostable hinged-lid container. Made of limestone, potato starch, water and fibers, the containers are designed to decompose and dissolve in water.
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Veryfine grabs for added sales with new bottles

The latest hot-filled plastic bottle from Veryfine has a unique grip molded into the sidewalls just above the top of the colorful full-wrap film label.
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Welch's 'concentrates' on plastic can

Under development for nearly eight years, an all-plastic, easy-open, microwavable canister is now appearing in East Coast freezer cases holding several varieties of frozen juice concentrates for Welch's, Concord, MA.
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Spam wears two-pc container well

In July '98, Austin, MN-based Hormel Foods began a transition from three-piece to two-piece aluminum cans for its well-known SPAM® line. Hormel's aluminum can and end supplier, Crown Cork & Seal (Philadelphia, PA), began production on an easy-open (EZO) two-piece drawn-and-ironed can for 12-oz sizes; a 7-oz two-piece can will be in production soon, according to Phillip Minerich, research scientist at Hormel.
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Miracle Whip squeezes into new bottle

"Squeeze," "Just Flip and Squeeze!" and "New Package" violators on the front label of a container for Kraft® Miracle Whip® make it apparent to consumers that this is a new bottle for a well-known salad dressing.
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Pace picks barrier bottle for picante sauce

In July Campbell Soup's Pace Foods, San Antonio, TX, rolled out its picante sauce in a proprietary 20-oz squeezable plastic barrier bottle.
Procter & Gamble?s redesigned 64- and 128-oz bottles of Crisco (above) now reflect the chevron-bedecked look of the rest of the
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Crisco goes on a diet

Larger bottle sizes of Procter & Gamble's venerable Crisco oils now have the proprietary shape of the rest of the line, and they weigh 25% less than before.
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PMMI expects growth in machine spending

Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.

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