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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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Senate freezes poultry labeling issue

California's two senators cried foul to current frozen poultry labeling regulations that are loose enough to allow chicken to be labeled as fresh even if the flesh is hardened.
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More action on milk labeling

In an effort to promote consistency and clarity in milk labeling, the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF) petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish the term "skim" as a synonym for "nonfat" for labeling milk, acidified milk, cultured milk and sweetened condensed milk.
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Snap-hinged closures

Zeller Plastik's (Libertyville, IL) new Zelsnap(TM) dispensing closures are suited for families of products, including honey, mustard, relishes and syrups, in that they help maintain a family look.
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Off-line analyzers

Mocon's (Minneapolis, MN) new Pac Check(TM) Models 600 and 650 combination off-line analyzers measure oxygen and carbon dioxide headspace in rigid and flexible packages.
For each machine, 34 separate temperature controllers
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Some like it hot

Upstart cap molder Acadiana Plastics Manufacturing outfitted its injection molders with hot runner manifolds and a quick-change mold system for faster cycles, quick changeover and better quality PP caps.
Suntory can now rely on Monotherm-blown bottles (right) as well as on bottles blown by means of other heat-set technologies (lef
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New blow-molding process for heat-set PET bottles

Monotherm technology produces PET bottles that can be filled at temperatures as high as 95°C. New Age beverages and returnable/refillable bottles are target applications.
Steel-banded bales of separated recyclables are brought to this staging area prior to shipment to users of these recovered mater
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Waste not, want more

Laidlaw automates sorting of post-consumer recyclables at its Schaumburg, IL, material recovery facility. First-of-its-kind system separates plastics into four categories.
The three photos above show two 24-count trays shrink-wrapped into a single retail pack (top), a single 24-count tray with prot
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Shrink wrap system provides big retail thrust

A shrink wrapper overcomes heat and packing obstacles to bundle two 24-count trays of mr. big candy bars, enabling Neilson Cadbury to satisfy Canada's retailer demand for a 48-count pack.

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