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IMPEPA forms consortium

The Intl. Molded Pulp Environmental Packaging Assn. has announced the formation of a consortium of molded-pulp product producers, users and machinery manufacturers to conduct research on the properties and behavior of molded pulp as a protective packaging material.
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Given the label language that EPA plans to implement, consider the position of Bio-Cide, Inc. Its company name on a container wi
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EPA labeling proposal bugs industry

Agency proposal would ban numerous terms from labels of anti-microbial products—and even trade names.
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Plastics group form alliance

In a move designed to foster stronger cross-border ties, the American Plastics Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Assn. have announced that they have forged an alliance designed to enhance the relationship between the two organizations.
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Packaging and packaging waste directive

A partnership of RDC Brussels and Pira Intl. will evaluate the environmental, social and economic costs and benefits of the European Commission’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.
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Texas Instruments saves $8 million going 'green'

Through a combination of source reduction, recycling and converting to reusable containers, Texas Instruments has saved $8 million/year in its transport packaging.
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Miller launches, Bud in test

Citing “growing consumer and retailer demand” as its motivation, Milwaukee-based Miller Brewing Co. has announced the nationwide rollout of its plastic barrier bottles for Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite and Icehouse brands in both 16- and 20-oz sizes.
Spendrups managing director Jens Spendrups (left) and Tetra Pak CEO Gunnar Brock (right) toast the plastic beer bottle at a Febr
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Plastic's beckoning to beer

Two European brewers are pushing ahead with barrier coatings on PET bottles while a third is expanding its use of coinjected multilayer technology.
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Euro brewer debuts 'glass' inner-coated PET bottle

New technologies for beer in plastic are moving forward. Among the newsiest launches is in Sweden, where Spendrups Brewery of Stockholm in March introduced its Norrlands Guld beer in 500-mL (16.9 oz) high-barrier Glaskin bottles. Developed by Tetra Pak (Geneva, Switzerland), the proprietary Glaskin technology relies on a vacuum deposition process to coat the inside of blown PET bottles with a clear layer of silicon oxide.Spendrups is the first to use the technology on a commercial basis.
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Clever packages take flexibles to a new level

Sleeves for propane cylinders win Flexible Packaging Assn.'s President's award. Other FPA winners include pouches of grease for fifth wheels, recyclable ream paper wraps and protective air cushion packs.
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Flexibles feed on innovation

Keebler’s contour pouch for cookies doubles as a hand puppet, while a wrap for frozen, microwavable sandwiches provides source reduction, and an all-plastic bag offers oxygen and moisture barrier for dry pet foods.
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A step toward biotech labeling

A new international trade agreement on bioengineered foods puts pressure on U.S. farmers and processors to segregate these products and could speed their labeling in the global marketplace.
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Food packs sparkle in DuPont Awards

From an Ocean Spray package that won the Diamond Award to a vacuum-insulated container for foods and other temperature-sensitive products, this year’s DuPont Award winners are an eclectic and innovative bunch.
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FDA fires starter's gun on 'fast track' (sidebar)

Label ‘libel’ for biotech foods?
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Mystery of the missing PMNs

The FDA and the pharmaceutical industry are both scratching their figurative heads over packaging suppliers’ apparent hesitancy to use the agency’s new 120-day packaging approval program.
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Molded pulp moves into new markets

The use of molded pulp as a dunnage or commodity material in packaging goes back to World War I. But only in the past few years have packaged goods manufacturers begun to design molded pulp to meet specific applications.

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