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Flexible packaging price hikes?

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a change in its New Source Review program that has the potential to be the most expensive rule to affect flexible packaging in the last 20 years, according to the Flexible Packaging Assn.
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IFCO U.S.: Product flyer

From IFCO (Tampa, FL) comes a color flyer detailing the company's Econobox(TM) reusable packaging system for bulk shipping. Econobox is said to be cost-effective, reusable and environmentally friendly.
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Nitrate labeling debate

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) wants a panel of scientific experts to review data on sodium nitrite before listing it as "harmful to consumers" under the State's Proposition 65 chemical warning label law.
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Pouch is economical, ecological

The formed hamburger patties produced at Micarna require a thermoformed tray for a package because their shape must be protected through distribution. Unformed ground beef, however, needs no such protection, so Micarna relies on a simpler, less expensive and "greener" alternative: modified-atmosphere pouches produced on a vertical form/fill/seal machine.
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Goldfish 'swim' to overseas markets

Pepperidge Farm's Goldfish crackers are in plentiful supply throughout the U.S. in both gable-top and paper-bag package formats. But to launch the popular snack overseas, Pepperidge Farm, a division of Campbell Soup Co.
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Redesigned handbook glamorizes fiberboard boxes

Y2K is one of the hottest topics as we approach the new millennium. But the years 2002 and 2003 are significant to fiberboard packaging because those years mark the 100th Anniversary of the development of solid fiber boxes, and corrugated's first approval as a valid shipping material, respectively.
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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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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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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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