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Corrugated Packaging Council: Corrugated literature

The Corrugated Packaging Council (Rolling Meadows, IL) offers a set of four brochures that promote the benefits of corrugated packaging. The brochures explain facts about the industry, explore the packaging possibilities for corrugated and show corrugated's environmental attributes.
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Bottled water labeling

Bottled water may be safe, but the environmental activist group Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned FDA to set strict limits for a wide variety of contaminants in bottled water and to require bottled water labels to disclose contaminants.
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Beta testing will determine U.S. plastic beer bottle spec(s)

Some time after a computer software code is written, but before it is commercially launched, it undergoes a period of beta testing. During this period, select users try the program out, spot bugs in it, figure out function shortcuts, criticize the program's performance and let the developer know what they like and don't like about the software.
Food, bronze
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More than just a pretty package (sidebar)

Additional winners include:
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Neck band dresses up olive oil bottle

A tamper-evident neck band extruded from cellulose is providing an attractive topping for glass bottles of Pizza Express's olive oil. Based in London, Pizza Express runs a chain of more than 200 pizza restaurants in England, with additional outlets in Russia, the Middle East, and soon, the U.S.
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Sodium nitrite labeling

The Grocery Manufacturers of America is urging California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) not to list sodium nitrite as a "developmental toxicant" under the state's Proposition 65 chemical warning label law.
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Defending Miller's plastic beer bottle

Ever since Miller Brewing announced a major test of plastic beer bottles, the Milwaukee-based brewer has been roundly criticized by environmental groups.
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.
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Frozen baby food debuts in ovenable paperboard trays

When author O. Robin Sweet and her husband ventured to St. Petersburg, Russia, six years ago, writing two new books and starting a food processing business were the farthest things from her mind.
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World packaging 'capital' shifts to interpack

Steel packaging issues to be heard
The RF-sealed blister pack that Polaroid developed for global sales of its I-Zone pocket camera is shown here (left) as it will
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Polaroid pictures a perfect pack

Polaroid prepares for the launch of a global product in a global package. The I-Zone instant pocket camera will also test the company's new regional packaging strategy.
This load (left) in 3Com?s Santa Clara, CA, warehouse, symbolizes everything that 3Com wants to change: the load is too tall and
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3Com 'networks' packaging knowledge

Maker of computer networking gear forms a Global Packaging Initiatives Team to create global packaging standards. This "best practices" blueprint aims to cut costs and unify 3Com's packaging worldwide.
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Packaging glossary a full load

How does one set out to assemble the definitive glossary of packaging terms?
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SouthPack '99: built for speed

With 450 exhibits and activities for learning, SouthPack '99, May 18 to 20 in Atlanta, also recognizes the area's fascination with stock car racing.
One way Unilever made its redesigned lotion packaging more suitable for global markets was to eliminate sizes typical in America
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Packaging for a global marketplace

As today's marketplace becomes increasingly global, how does that affect the way products are packaged? The strategies adopted by these firms provide some useful clues.

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