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Nov. 18, 2009
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Coca-Cola Begins Global Launch of PlantBottle
from Packaging Digest
The Coca-Cola Company announced today that beverages in its PlantBottle packaging are beginning to arrive on store shelves in select markets throughout the world, initiating the Company's journey toward a goal of producing 2 billion of the special PET plastic bottles by the end of 2010. More

US Bioplastics Market at $10B in 2020: Cereplast
from Converting Magazine
Cereplast, Inc., a leading manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics, announced today that it expects the U.S. bio-plastics market to top $10 billion in sales by 2020. As of 2007, the U.S. bio-plastics market accounted for approximately $1 billion in sales. Some estimates point to bio-plastics capturing up to 30 percent of the total plastics market within ten years. More

Pliant Expands with 100 Staffers, to get New Owner
from WHEC
Pliant Corp.'s Macedon facility has added 100 workers over the past year and is expecting a double-digit increase in annual sales as the Illinois-based company closes operations elsewhere. More

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Digitally Printed Labels and Packaging Market 'Will Nearly Triple by 2014'
from PrintWeek
The market for digitally printed packaging and labels is expected to nearly triple in value to $6.8bn (£4bn) by 2014, according to a new report. The digital market, which is expected to be worth around $2.4bn this year, will increase thanks to a range of catalysts such as a growing demand for shorter-runs and personalized jobs, the study by Pira International found. More

Berry Buys U.S. Plastics Packaging Plant from Superfos
from Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Berry Plastics has signed a definitive agreement to buy Danish packaging group Superfos's injection moulding plant in Cumberland, Md., which produces rigid open-top containers and other packaging products. Superfos has been present in the USA since 1986. More

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Milk Brand Sings the Praises of Paperboard
from Packaging Magazine
At the Worldwide Food Expo, Evergreen Packaging Inc. announced the expansion of the Milk Rocks! program to include a sustainability theme-Milk Rocks! The Earth. "One of our goals is to create excitement about grabbing a box instead of a plastic bottle," says Judy Zeigler, Evergreen marketing services manager. More

Survey Shows Bright Future for Sustainable Packaging
A survey of top retail- and manufacturing-related companies reveals that more than 65 percent of companies have some type of sustainable packaging policy in place, while 28 percent are currently developing a policy. More

2009 Converting Innovator: Community Service – Associated Labels
from Converting Magazine
Earlier this year, in conjunction with World Water Day on March 22, Associated Labels of Vancouver, BC, Canada, announced the fulfillment of a dream. The 28-year-old label and packaging printer/converter, one of the largest suppliers of labels in Western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest, celebrated the completion of a year-long, village water-well project in Kagulu, Uganda. The rising-star company's far-flung charity work makes it the 2009 Innovator for Community Service. More

The Anilox Roll-Heart of the Flexo Process, Second Edition

Joe Trungale's second edition, The Anilox roll – Heart of the Flexo Process, has been newly enhanced and contains an accurate historical review of the flexo printing process, anilox roll construction, information on the various methods of doctoring the ink such as rubber roll, doctor blade and the chambered doctor blade systems. While much has been written over the years about the use and care of anilox rolls, Trungale offers guidelines on cleaning anilox rolls and reviews the various cleaning methods currently being used in the industry.

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