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Bottled water market dries up

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Annual growth in US bottled water will be less than 1% for the next five years, UK beverage researcher Canadean Ltd. forecasts, though the thirsty Asian market will help the category attain 2.8% growth worldwide this year.
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A bag to cluck about

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Like Frank Sinatra, Scott Sechler’s mantra is, “I did it my way.” So when a key customer asked him to come up with case-ready packaging for his antibiotic-free, organic chickens, Sechler took pains to find something distinctive and different.

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To corner a market, use a box

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Breathtaking changes in food production are a hallmark of California agriculture. The latest is occurring in the Sacramento Valley, where the owners of California Olive Ranch (COR) have made a $60 million down payment toward an aggressive plan to produce four million tons of olive oil a year, about 5% of US consumption.

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Forget about convenience! What about fun?

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Sean O’Connor doesn’t think his company’s sales are coming out of the hides of Aunt Jemima or Bisquick’s Shake ‘n’ Pour. Instead, he sees his aerosoled pancake batter expanding the market.

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Time/temperature monitoring labels add a measure of cold-chain assurance

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Tad Pawlowski had a problem with the live lobsters he was shipping to Europe: most of them were dead before they cleared customs.

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Beverage bag debuts

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Closeted for years in boxes and kegs, the beverage bag is emerging in all its glory, thanks to a collaboration between US and Israeli packaging firms.
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Good for body and earth

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Probiotics and other healthy-living products flirt with the line between food and pharmaceuticals, and food companies are taking steps to make sure both the containers they come in and the products themselves have positive outcomes.

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A second look for induction seals

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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When concerns about product tampering spiked after September 2001, induction-sealer suppliers thought they might win more food and beverage business.
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More strength, less resin

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Less can be more in container performance when basic architectural principles are brought to bear. At least, that’s what Ropak Packaging Corp. contends.
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Get the weight out

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Lightweighting of PET containers and systems that otherwise reduce packaging costs were in abundance at PACK EXPO.

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