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Portland nixes reshippers

Portland Brewing cuts costs and gains flexibility by moving away from reshippers and into bulk glass. It now forms its own six-pack carriers and corrugated shippers.
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Britvic takes aim at children

Pleased with consumer response to its custom black “dumb bell” bottle for Tango soft drinks in a 500-mL size, UK soft drinks manufacturer Britvic has launched a 250-mL PET version aimed squarely at children.
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Fruit basket in relief adorns PET bottle

A polyethylene terephthalate bottle with a uniquely sculpted fruit-basket image on its shoulder is now reaching supermarkets in 17 eastern states. The 64-oz, heat-set, hot-fill, grip bottle, supplied by Graham Packaging (York, PA), contains 100% juice products from Apple & Eve.
Consumers benefit from the new design for OD?RL?S bottles, each of which includes a convenient integral measuring system.
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A measure of success

Hydro Agri North America gains a foothold in the holding-tank treatment market, thanks to a redesigned package that includes built-in product measurement.
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German brewer second to launch in 'Glaskin'

The second brewery to announce a launch of beer in a Tetra Pak (Geneva, Switzerland) Glaskin™ plastic bottle is Bitburger of Bitburg, Germany. The Bitburger 38 Bigneck is scheduled to reach as many as 10ꯠ Lekkerland/Tobaccoland gas station outlets throughout Germany beginning this month.
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Blow molder comes to Pennzoil's 'Rescue' (sidebar 1)

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Spendrups managing director Jens Spendrups (left) and Tetra Pak CEO Gunnar Brock (right) toast the plastic beer bottle at a Febr
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Plastic's beckoning to beer

Two European brewers are pushing ahead with barrier coatings on PET bottles while a third is expanding its use of coinjected multilayer technology.
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French brewers say <i>oui</i> to plastic

Web exclusive: Brasseries Heineken puts another brand in 1/2-L plastic and introduces a 1-L plastic beer bottle, consisting of three materials in five layers and coinjection stretch/blow-molded by Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). Separately, Strasbourg, France-based Kronenbourg commits not only to the unusal step of self-manufacturing its own PET bottles, but to Actis (Amorphous Carbon Treatment on Internal Surface) coating process from Sidel (Norcross, GA).
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FDA packaging guidance gets bad 'wrap'

Brand-name pharmaceutical manufacturers and OTC companies want more freedom to make packaging changes without major petitioning.
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Euro brewer debuts 'glass' inner-coated PET bottle

New technologies for beer in plastic are moving forward. Among the newsiest launches is in Sweden, where Spendrups Brewery of Stockholm in March introduced its Norrlands Guld beer in 500-mL (16.9 oz) high-barrier Glaskin bottles. Developed by Tetra Pak (Geneva, Switzerland), the proprietary Glaskin technology relies on a vacuum deposition process to coat the inside of blown PET bottles with a clear layer of silicon oxide.Spendrups is the first to use the technology on a commercial basis.

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