Shaw’s Supermarkets is asking the town of Freeport, ME, to change its 14-year-old ban on plastic foam packaging in retail stores. Shaw’s is opening a supermarket in an area covered by the ban and said the ban hampers the chain’s ability to provide safe meat.
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Packaging for a pharmaceutical product from Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and a medical device from Exactech Inc. earned top awards in the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ 2003 AmeriStar competition.
Packaging take-back obligations and recovery fees have long been a part of the European packaging landscape. Now they’re coming to Ontario, Canada, and a similar program is scheduled to start in Quebec.
Natural and organic food retailer Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Boulder, CO, is reportedly the first North American firm to pack deli foods at retail in containers made of NatureWorks™ PLA from Cargill Dow LLC. PLA is a renewable-resource-based polylactide resin derived from corn.
Clemson University will host “Packaging Fundamentals,” Nov. 4-6, and “Managing Packaging Development,” Nov. 6-7. The former seminar will cover packaging materials, laws, regulations, testing, and environmental issues.