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Coca-Cola taps PET to launch water

After months of speculation, water in plastic bottles from Atlanta, GA-based The Coca-Cola Co. is the real thing in the U.S. The pale blue-tinted polyethylene terephthalate bottles provide a distinctive appearance for Dasani, which the company expects to launch nationwide this spring.
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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.
A 3Com employee scans a  serial number on an adapter  card. That information is entered  into the computer at this workstation
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3Com adds thermoformed plastic tray to its 'network'

Computer communications gear maker 3Com replaces a variety of materials with a plastic thermoformed tray that protects shipments of its network adapter cards and cuts manual packing time by half.
An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
The ink-jet code applied in-line (below and inset) to the shoulder of milk jugs makes it easy for retail store employees and con
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Meadow Gold milks coding machinery

It wasn't too long ago that a one-line, 12-digit code was all that Southern Foods was able to hot-stamp onto its one-gal, high-density polyethylene jugs of Meadow Gold-brand milk.
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EPA caps VOCs in products

Manufacturers will be required to reformulate, repackage or retire some products. However, most national brands already comply.
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Pet treats maker chooses 'greener' void fill

The folks at Bone Appetit, maker of gourmet pet treats, have revised their thinking about foam peanuts as void fill. They now prefer Sylvacurl, recyclable, biodegradable and reusable wood shavings from Eastview Enterprises (East Hardwick, VT).
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.
Early next year, AlfaPet plans to promote its small-animal food offerings in a specially treated carton that repels insects. The
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Treated cartons drive insects buggy

AlfaPet recently became the first to use a carton treated with a special coating that repels insects.
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Antibacterial claims misleading?

Many types of household products sporting "antibacterial" labels are being snapped up by germ-wary consumers, but there is growing concern among government regulators and health professionals that many labels are misleading.
A Steelcase operator pulls a length of reinforced gummed tape from a dispenser for application to a box at the office furniture
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Tape machines secure Steelcase shipments

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase takes a hands-on approach to prevent product damage during distribution.
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Herbal labeling?

In a late September meeting, there remained disagreement between the herbal remedy industry and regulators over what types of claims should be allowed on herbal remedies.
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Supply geography leads A-B to Mexican bottles

In an exchange that may be more smoke than fire, officials of the Glass Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Intl. Union (GMP) have protested Anheuser-Busch's decision to purchase glass beer bottles from the Mexicali, Mexico, plant of Anchor Glass Container Corp., a unit of Consumers Packaging (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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Packagers reach for new technology at Pack Expo (sidebar)

Hall of Famers and Sealed Air Corp. to be honored at PEF banquet

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