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No beefs with irradiation

Irradiated beef is not likely to affect sensory qualities such as color, flavor and texture, according to a new study conducted by the Kansas State University department of animal sciences and funded by the Beef Promotion and Research Board.
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New fish inspection marks

Several inspection marks for fish package labeling were recently modified by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Don't go changing, FTC urged

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reviews its environmental marketing guidelines for effectiveness, at least one trade group urged the regulatory agency to keep things the way they are.
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Moving more milk

How can packaging be changed to get people to drink more milk?
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Farmland pioneers half-gallon aseptic carton

Chocolate milk and Skim Plus will be the first two products to be marketed in Farmland Dairies' half-gallon aseptic carton with the unique combiTop® pour spout for easy opening and reclosing.
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Redesign brings recognition

The new look of Fleischmann's® Margarine clearly has some marketing appeal. Less apparent is how the Parsip-pany, NJ-based Fleischmann Co.'s switch to Scotch-ban FC-807 from 3M (St.
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Mayfield milks nostalgic design

Now that Coca-Cola has awakened marketers to the power of nostalgia with its retro-style plastic bottles for Coke and Sprite, nostalgic package design is extending to the dairy category, too.
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Nabisco 'rolls' Grey Poupon collection

"One of the most ambitious undertakings in our company's history" is the phrase used to describe the rollout of 12 new gourmet products under the Grey Poupon brand name.
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Beer design evinces local flavor

While regional brewers can never compete with huge ad budgets of the majors, they can play the home town advantage. Vancouver Island Brewery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, did just this when it had prepress house Image Pac (Richmond, B.C., Canada) design new corrugated 6- and 12-pack boxes, introduced in January '95.
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Packagers say systems up to date

The average packaging system is either state-of-the-art or comparable to the top 10% in its industry. So says a survey of 434 packagers conducted by Industry Insights for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA).
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Coffee beverage sparkles in test

Mazagran sparkling coffee, the first product of a joint venture between Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. and Somers, NY-based Pepsi-Cola Co., has made its debut in Southern California.
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Tetra Pak takes a systems approach to plastics packaging

When the world's largest international packaging supplier decides to expand into new packaging markets, packagers around the world-as well as the competition-had better take notice.
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Crouton pack combines metallizing, 8-color flexo

A copper top isn't just for batteries any more. The shimmering copper effect on the top of Loblaw Brands' President's Choice Sourdough Croutons is created by laying down a transparent yellow ink atop a metallized polyester, says Loblaw director of packaging Brian Farb.
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Bags use holograms to promote candy characters

"Sparkling hologram bags that practically glow on the shelf to catch shoppers' attention." That's how Brach & Brock Confections describes the packaging for its new Street Sharks Gummy Candies and Batman & Robin Fruit Snacks and Gummy Candy.
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Winners combine performance with appeal

In its annual effort to recognize innovative users of its OPP flexible packaging film and Label-Lyte® face stocks, Mobil Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) handed out two Golden Mummy and three Pyramid awards at Pac-Ex in Toronto this past September.
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Pouches link looks, functionality

Pouches made of water-soluble film are giving Cincinnati-based Ciba-Geigy a competitive edge in the market for turf management products used by golf course groundskeepers.
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Putting color additives onto labels

FDA wants processors and manufacturers of butter, cheese and ice cream to declare FD&C Yellow No. 6 by name in the ingredient list on labels of products containing this color additive.
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North Carolina nixes ADF for now

Consumers in North Carolina will not be faced with an advance disposal fee on most containers in the near future, but the idea isn't completely dead.

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