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Packages test 'new waters'

Infused with supplementary oxygen, new oxygenated bottled waters are said to enhance physical endurance and offer a fresh taste akin to mountain water.
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All this in packages that are virtually identical to still waters.

Talking Rain's airwater(TM) and Life O2 Intl.'s product of the same name are both filled into bottles of polyethylene terephthalate in a variety of sizes. To contain the added O2 Talking Rain of Preston WA relies on an induction seal on three sizes of its signature Grip bottle from CNC Containers (Tumwater WA). Naples FL-based Life O2 also induction-seals its heavy 34-g 20-oz stock PET bottle from Silgan (Chesterfield MO). Talking Rain reports that once opened oxygen will remain in airwater for several hours. Unopened it has a shelf life of up to six months.

Both manufacturers use a polypropylene/PE sports cap system from Creative Packaging (Glenview IL). Life O2 uses an elaborate see-through label to attract customers who can see through the front label to an action panoramic photo visible through the water on the inside back. The wraparound 2-mil PP label is first reverse printed in four colors for the action scene. An opaque layer of white is screen-printed next with certain copy dropped out. Three more colors are then screen-printed with certain copy dropped out. Three more colors are screen-printed on top of the white followed by another hit of green via offset. Finally a UV varnish is applied. At Dow Industries a Div. of Screen Print Dow (Wilmington MA) all 10 steps are done in-line in a single pass.

For its part Talking Rain's label was designed by an undisclosed design company. The glue-applied labels are printed offset in five colors by Salem Label (Salem OH). The water is available in three sizes: 1-L selling for $1.19 24-oz for 89¢ and 1/2-L bottles sold for $3.99 per six-pack. Life O2 is available in a 20-oz bottle that sells for $1.39.

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