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GMA evaluates Massachusetts plan

The GMA strongly supports the Product Stewardship Initiative that will be a central component of Massachusetts’ source reduction strategy. Under this initiative, the state works cooperatively with product manufacturers to decrease the amount of product packaging and provide for more reuse opportunities.
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'Bottle can' springs from two new technologies

Daiwa Can Co. has created a uniquely hybrid package with its aluminum ‘bottle can.’ A lamination of PET film to aluminum replaces conventional coil coatings.
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Positively different battery packaging

Consumers should get a charge out of the new innovations in battery packaging in which clarity and reclosability top the list of conveniences offered by Rayovac and Leap brand batteries.
Informative for consumers, Pass and Seymore/Legrand's design is integrated from the point-of-purchase display through the packag
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Hardware products renovate with packaging

Packaging seen at the National Hardware Show ranged from consumer-friendly packaging for data comm products to innovative film cubes for potting soil. The softer side of hardware was seen in a trend toward products packaged for females and light do-it-yourselfers.
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Growth accelerates in flexible materials

Volume of flexible packaging materials continues to outpace growth in both the overall economy and for all of packaging. FPA report does identify some potential problems, however.
At Pitney Bowes' Danbury, CT, plant, plastic corrugated totes are kept by workstations (above) where workers use them to pack in
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Pitney Bowes totes reusable plastic containers

Corrugated plastic containers replace corrugated paperboard boxes for postage meter and mailing machine parts. Despite greater upfront costs, the new ‘totes’ save Pitney Bowes money by making hundreds of round trips.
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Keeping up with the competition

Icco Cheese Co. of Orangeburg, NY, makes grated cheese for sale under its Old World brand, and it also packs the Ronzoni and San Georgio brands for New World Pasta of Harrisburg, PA.
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Pudding in paperboard

In the U.S., ready-to-eat refrigerated pudding is often sold in multipacked plastic cups with flexible lidding. But in Helsinki, Finland, dairy giant Valio Ltd.
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The legend of Jimmi; an ode to cosmetics

Last month in this space, you learned a bit about how some of us view package design, another way of saying, the “cosmetics” of packaging: how great printing or decorating of a container can attract customers.
RDK now uses a thermoformed corrugated tray with printing on the front liner.
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Kringle tray's a sweet success

Racine Danish Kringles is first to use a thermoformed, E-flute corrugated tray for its baked pastries. Tray delivers strength and environmental and marketing advantages.
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Practice makes perfect

With the help of a low-cost prototype tool, ink-jet printer manufacturer Lexmark was able to successfully test mold fiber cushions as a means of protective packaging. As a result, the company enjoys both cost savings and environmental benefits.
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Primate-powered packaging

Delicious Brands, marketers of Frookie® Funky Monkeys® graham crackers, wanted its new packaging to be as fun as its name.
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GMA testifies on biotech labeling

GMA’s director of international trade and environmental affairs told a California Senate committee that proposals to require labeling of biotech products, such as those pending in Congress and in the California legislature, mistakenly raise questions about food safety and contribute to global trade tensions.
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Packaging takes spotlight at NPE

From June 19 to 23, the National Plastics Exposition will occupy more than 1.1 million sq’ at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Packaging will be the focus for many of the more than 2ꯠ exhibitors.
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Production ahead for corn-derived polymer

Cargill Dow breaks ground on its first world-scale NatureWorks PLA polyactide plant.

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