70). Now the company has shipped its first shaped-can offering to the U.S. a "contour can" for its line of Jumex nectars. Sporting a simple paneled barrel shape the three-piece welded steel cans began appearing here in Hispanic markets in September '97. An earlier design which had strength reinforcement ribs is being phased out because the company has located a source for stronger steel can stock according to marketing manager Lawrence Boro. The suggested retail price of 59¢ did not change despite increasing the fill volume from 335 mL (11.33 oz) to 370 mL (12.5 oz). Why? "We wanted to give more product to the consumer as a benefit" says Boro. Apart from acknowledging that Grupo Jumex manufactures (and shapes) its own cans the firm was mum on suppliers and technologies involved.