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Shown above are just a few of the shapes and sizes filled routinely on Kos?'s versatile bottling line.
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Building sales through versatility

Tokyo-based cosmetics giant Kosé installs two modular, quick-change bottling lines versatile enough to handle nearly 100 different bottle shapes and sizes.
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Switch to PET brings icy look

United Distillers & Vintners recently replaced glass with polyethylene terephthalate for 200-mL (6.76-oz) bottles of its TGI Friday’s® On the Rocks line of ready-to-drink cocktails. The custom bottles are injection/stretch blow molded by Schmalbach-Lubeca.
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Teardrop shape comes to cans

“We’ve seen what our friends across the pond have been doing with shaped cans, so why not us?” That’s how Norm Nieder, director of packaging technologies at St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, explains the launch of Michelob and Michelob Light in 16-oz contoured cans.
Wheeled dollies (top) of reusable plastic crates filled with chilled foods are rolled through portal readers at the Tibbett & Br
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UK firms are out to shorten time to market

Sainsbury’s will soon implement a sophisticated RFID tag system to better manage its chilled foods distribution, while ICI Paints evaluates digital asset management.
The redesigned Tums package (left) features a snap-on/twist-off cap and an oval-shaped neck finish that is induction-sealed on a
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Tums packages sealed with a twist

SmithKline Beecham breaks new ground with an oval-shaped, induction-sealed foil membrane beneath a twist-off cap. Benefits include reduced downtime and less scrap.
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Diamond-pattern pail cuts 20% off

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Grupo Zapata (Mexico) claims its new plastic pail offers 20% cost reduction and 20% weight reduction when compared to standard pails. Showcased it the booth, the new container features structural diamond-patterned ridges on the sidewalls to provide added strength.
The top portion of the Squish-Pak! bottle's two-piece closure is removed (below left), revealing the "sipper  protrusion" that m
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Suiza dairy touts 'squishy' bottle

A soft LDPE bottle and ‘sipper protrusion’ make it easy for kids to hold and drink single-serve milks. Suiza’s Country Fresh dairy introduces two distinct brands of milk in the containers.
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First pasterized, wide-mouth PET

A heat-set PET jar from Vlasic Foods Intl., Cherry Hill, NJ. is produced by Schmalbach-Lubeca. The jar is said to be the first commercial pasteurizable wide-mouth PET food jar.
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The softer side of Unilever

Just reaching store shelves nationwide is a redesigned package for 100-oz Whisk, All and Surf laundry detergent brands from Greenwich, CT-based Unilever.
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Purchasing moves 'slow speed ahead'

Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage markets will drive packaging machinery spending this year, says a PMMI study. U.S. domestic equipment sales are expected to rise 2% to 3% in 2000 to $4.9 billion.

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