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White Rock Distilleries enjoys brand success with Amcor PET

White Rock Distilleries, the Lewiston, Maine-based manufacturer and importer of fine spirits and liqueurs, teams up with Amcor PET Packaging to convert several brands to unique PET packaging, matching the look of glass while also giving White Rock’s brands their premium look White Rock’s first foray into PET for its Pinnacle® brand began in 2006 with a conversion from glass for a 1.75 L package. “It was a tremendous success and one that we are very proud of,” said Joe Werda, White Rock’s Director of Operations. Results of this conversion have driven a three pronged strategy by White Rock into PET packaging with Amcor. Noting the importance of a premium look, Werda said specific brand identity factors such as shape, color and embossing are critical concerns that require time and resources. “We look to PET packaging in three areas: brand extensions, packaging redesign and new product development,” Werda said. “Amcor is really pushing the envelope in design and engineering. Their bottles

Immergut Yoghurt Drinks - liquid snacks for people on the go

Immergut now launched its ‘Immergut Drinkfit’ yoghurt drinks in strawberry, peach and forest fruit flavours in the aseptic carton pack combifitSmall with screw cap combiSmart on the German market. By using this packaging, Immergut is putting its velvety fruit drinks in the perfect package for getting out and about. Whether it is a short break at the office, or a quick stop during a journey: these modern snacks can be conveniently drunk straight from the carton pack. And after initial opening, too, they can be easily transported – the screw cap keeps the carton pack leak-proof and the products are securely protected. Modern consumers are active and often ‘in a hurry’ from one appointment to the next. They eat and drink when they get the chance – whenever they can fit a quick bite into their daily routine. ‘Snacking’ is a booming business. Consequently, product ideas for ‘on-the-go consumption’ are amongst the main drivers in the beverage industry – and the aseptic carton pack combifitSm

Amcor PET Packaging wins Ameristar Award

Amcor PET Packaging helped launch Reily Foods Company’s first new ready-to-drink (RTD) iced tea line nearly a year ago. The great response the custom pedestal-based, PowerFlex™ Luzianne Tea brand bottle received in the marketplace is now paying off in another way for Amcor. The company’s 16-ounce bottle has won the beverage category of the Ameristar Package Competition and will be recognized with an Ameristar Award at the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Packaging Summit ’09 reception, to be held May 19th at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. In their examination of the beverage category, the Ameristar Package Competition committee determined the brand’s first RTD line features a PET bottle first. With a slightly tapered shape on a pedestal and enhanced hand-feel, it has a patented panel-less design for wrinkle-free labeling. “The RTD category has greatly expanded in the last few years so developing a unique, turnkey product was both an engineering challen

Linerless Technology at Ipack-Ima

One of the most prominent innovations on display at the Arca stand at Ipack-Ima 2009 was no doubt its Linerless self-adhesive labelling technology. These are self-adhesive, square or rectangular labels that do not require a "release liner"; i.e. they do not make use of a traditional silicone liner support, which normally directs labels and imposes a significant cost, as well as raising an environmental issue that is an increasing concern for customers today. In essence, linerless labels are drawn from a self-adhesive continuous band wound over itself, exactly like an adhesive tape, and "cut" to a desired length (defining the label format) at the moment of application. Self-adhesive linerless labels are ideal for all logistical uses, whether they are applied on boxes, bundles or pallets, presenting multiple advantages compared to traditional self-adhesive labels: # INCREASED PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY A roll of linerless material contains, for an equal diameter, at leas


B Graphic International has supplied Rochester NY based Label World with the first Omega Digicon Series 2 converting line equipped with flat bed tooling for stamping and embossing. The new line will enable Label World to offer its customers in the wine, nutritional and health and beauty markets advanced features such as hot foil stamping, embossing and spot UV varnish coatings. The Omega Digicon series 2 from AB Graphic International is a modular label converting line for digitally printed webs and offers all the traditional finishing options. The company has recently introduced several new finishing modules that expand the range of applications available including the flat bed tooling option. “We are especially excited to have the first Digicon Series 2 machine in North America with flat bed tooling for stamping and embossing,” said John McDermott, President and CEO of Label World. “Most other machines in the marketplace have rotary tooling. Flat bed tooling actually allows for bette

Linerless labelling

Advanced Labelling Technologies - announces the expansion of its range of labellers, with the inclusion of a "linerless" print / apply system, based on a labeling technology that allows the use of continuous adhesive material without silicon backing and without die cutting, resulting in three clear advantages: A 15-30% cost saving compared to traditional self-adhesive labels. No liner and no waste mean that all the material is used, while the enhanced roll capacity ensures immediate savings on material shipping and storage. An increased roll capacity (amount of labels), over the double than an equivalent roll of self-adhesive labels (900 m compared to slightly more than 400 m of a roll using siliconated material): a 53% machine downtime reduction compared to a roll of self-adhesive labels. autoadesive. Maximum flexibility thanks to the cutting unit onboard the machine, which allows to generate adhesive labels in a format set by the operator when starting the job. Respect for


Tuthilltown Spirits, LLC has chosen O.BERK Company to provide custom glass bottles and closures for its new line of Hudson River Spirits, including Four Grain Bourbon, River Rum, Baby Bourbon, Manhattan Rye and Single Malt whiskeys, as well as Heart of the Hudson and Spirit of the Hudson Vodkas. These spirits are New York's first production whiskey since the Prohibition and represent a new breed of handcrafted, top-shelf micro-distillery products. Hudson River Spirits are sold by the barrel or in new 375ml and 750ml heavy-weight flint glass bottles supplied by O.BERK with larger neck openings and specially designed neck grooves for easy dispensing. O.BERK also supplied special 21mm cork bar-tops that are sealed with colored wax to identify each different whiskey. Each bottle label contains the year the whiskey was produced, its batch and bottle numbers further enhancing the uniqueness of these spirits. Tuthilltown Spirits are sold in fine restaurants and liquor stores throughout Ne

High Visibility for Milner Branding

The creative use of an in-mould labelled (IML) lid from RPC Bramlage Antwerpen, allied to an APET tray from RPC Bebo Nederland, has given cheese manufacturer FrieslandCampina a highly visible packaging format for its new range of cheese slices and pieces. Recently FrieslandCampina has launched new packaging for ten varieties of Milner cheese in The Netherlands and needed a pack large enough to hold six slices or a piece of cheese, and rigid enough to display the range both horizontally and vertically in supermarket chill cabinets. The packaging was originally designed for FrieslandCampina by “Plato Product Consultants”. FrieslandCampina selected RPC as the ideal partner, because RPC has both injection moulding and thermoforming in its production portfolio. In the end FrieslandCampina and RPC chose a thermoformed tray in combination with an injection moulded lid, because this combination best suited the wishes of FrieslandCampina. IML combines high-quality reproduction of colours and im


The Seal-It Division of Printpack has printed three new twin-pack sleeves for Perio, a distributor of “Pure Silk,” a shave cream for women. The twin-pack offers a special value for consumers while providing the convenience of getting the two cans in one package. The graphics for the Raspberry cream are adapted from the individual cans. The sleeve combining the two cans adds a glossy and eye-catching look with the use of the heat shrink PVC film printed flexo in 6 colors. The other two creams, Coconut & Oat Flour and Melon Splash, allow the consumer to see the product they are buying. There is a lot of clear space on the sleeve but it also has the ability to hide the UPC codes on the cans and provides a new UPC code for the twin pack. The colors of each label complement the individual cans and offer maximum point of purchase impact. In addition to the bright message, “Special Value, Twin Pack,” and “Buy One, Get One Free,” the sleeves also describes what’s inside the cans, are co

New identity for Eiro

DJ Stout and associate Julie Savasky have designed identity, packaging and collateral materials for Eiro, a new line of health and energy drinks. The beverages are created from exotic fruit purées from South America and are rich in beneficial antioxidants and phytonutrients. (Check out these promotional videos about Eiro here and here.) The line was unveiled at a splashy launch event in Dallas last month and will be sold online through direct marketing and network sales. “It was an interesting design challenge,” says Stout, “Like many packaging assignments we get involved with a line was established early on and we had to dance back and forth across that line in order to find the final solution. On one side of that line the beverage packaging had to communicate its health and medical benefits and on the other side it had to be distinctively attractive to the target audience.” Stout and his team were influenced by historical medicine bottle designs as well as contemporary medical and he

New Identity for SAB Miller Russia

Pearlfisher has created graphic identities for two new variants of Russian beer brand Redd's : a Cherry flavour beer called Velvet Fire and a Blackcurrant flavour beer called Dark Passion recently launched by SABMIller RUS, a subsidiary of leading world brewing company SABMiller plc, in Kaluga. Redd's is a premium beer brand specifically aimed at a young female - 18-24 - audience and is positioned as a perfect stylish accessory for social drinking occasions. The flavour variants have been chosen for their unique and idiosyncratic taste profiles to reflect the many personalities and changing styles of the Redd's female consumer. Redd's Velvet Fire (Cherry) is playful, flirty and passionate whilst Redd's Dark Passion (Blackcurrant) offers a feisty kick. Sarah Butler Redd's Designer and Deputy Creative Director said, "We have used the same graphics as Redd's Original but created the names, a new colour palette and personality to reflect the taste and the s


Highland Spring, the UK’s leading producer of bottled water, unveiled a brand re-fresh today (8April 2009), with new look packaging which will be on-shelf later this month. The new design gives greater prominence to the brand’s organic land credentials, with the labels featuring the wording “Drawn from Organic Land”, alongside a hand-drawn illustration of the water catchment area, Highland Spring’s protected source in the Ochil Hills, Perthshire. The new design gives greater prominence to the brand’s organic land credentials, with the labels featuring the wording “Drawn from Organic Land”, alongside a hand-drawn illustration of the water catchment area, Highland Spring’s protected source in the Ochil Hills, Perthshire. The packaging also displays a contemporary watercolour version of the unique Highland Spring tartan sash against a natural background colour to reflect the purity of the product and achieve strong shelf stand-out. For the first time the labels carry The Good Shopping Gui


As part of a broad commitment to corporate social responsibility, Tropicana Products Inc., a leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices, announced today the paper board used in its juice cartons has received certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) fiber sourcing standard. “Tropicana is committed to using natural resources in a responsible manner and has made sustainability part of its mission,” said Andrew Hartshorn, Senior Marketing Manager, Tropicana Products Inc. “Using the SFI fiber sourcing label on our products plays a critical role in our environmental policy, and empowers our customers to make an educated environmental choice about the Tropicana products they buy.” With more than 160 million acres (65 million hectares) certified across North America, the SFI sustainable forestry certification program is one of the largest in the world, with a standard based on principles and measures that promote responsible environmental behavior and sound fores

ROTOCONTROL signs Partnership agreement with CME

ROTOCONTROL is now overseeing the Marketing and Sales of high-speed inspection, cutting and rewinding machines and accessories engineered by CME Cleeberger Maschinenentwicklung GmbH, further serving the label industry. Marco Aengenvoort, ROTOCONTROL Managing Director, today announced the signed Partnership agreement with CME Cleeberger Maschinenentwicklung GmbH. The partnership provides ROTOCONTROL with Marketing and Sales responsibility for the CME dual rewind semi-automatic Turrets (DRM) enhancing the current offering of ROTOCONTROL high-speed inspection, cutting and rewinding machines for the label industry. “CME provides next-generation research and design expertise in machines and accessories that integrate well with our current RSI and RSC label finishing machines” states Marco Aengenvoort. “Their technology benefits our customer’s label applications by increasing product throughput and profitability.” André Arabin, CME Managing Director, commented, “ROTOCONTROL is th


MillerCoors has launched Peruvian beer Cusqueña in the US. Cusqueña (pronounced cus-kenya) is renowned for its natural ingredients and is made using Saaz hops and pure glacier water from a source at 18,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. The result is a full-flavored European-style lager with Latin American flair. The “Gold of the Incas” is packaged in 12 oz. glass bottles with bold red and gold labeling. SOURCE

Nanotechnology in the printing industry

The selective transfer of knowledge within the print value-adding chain increases the attractiveness of the printing industry and its products. This is why manroland AG is active in a variety of ways in research projects and teams concerning nanotechnology. One of the highlights here is the Nanocure Project (BMBF Fkz: 13 N 9115) where manroland together with partner companies is expediting nanotechnological applications in the field of printing. In the printing industry and also in the fields of surface coating of metals for example, radiation-hardening polymerization methods have developed very rapidly. The Nanocure Project focuses on nanotechnological applications for radiation curing. The advantages of these novel research approaches will make UV printing even more attractive. Research in UV printing In the last years the average growth rate in the consumption of UV printing inks lay around five until eight percent. The reason for this is the higher productivity that comes from inst

Hat trick for Royston Labels at EFTA Print Awards!

Royston Labels scored a hat trick of medals including one gold and two silvers at this year’s European Flexographic Technical Association (EFTA) Annual Print Awards. In the ‘Paper line / screen’ class Royston won the Gold with their entry Old Shire Special Reserve Vintage Cheddar. In the ‘Plastic Process’ class Royston picked up the Silver medal for Superdrug Olive & Bergamot Body Lotion and a second silver was picked up in the ‘Plastic Line / Screen’ class for M&S Earth Spa Body & Bath Wonder Oil. The awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the 1st April. The awards, judged by a panel of industry experts, have a stringent criterion against which all labels are judged including print execution and degree of difficulty and recognise the highest achievements in flexographic printing throughout the UK and Europe. This is the 6th consecutive year in which Royston Labels have been winners at these awards. Paul Clayton, Managing Director of Roy

Veltins: The Porsche among the Bottle Crates

The Brewery C.&A. VELTINS makes the biggest product investment in it’s company’s history. They introduce a new generation of bottle crates into the international beer market. We, at Schoeller Arca Systems are proud that we were asked to support with an innovative product development. With such an intention the new market presence has to be just right! Differentiating from the competition, clearness in the appearance is what the requirements are of the company with a long tradition. After a two year period of development, Porsche Design has designed a bottle crate with an innovative three component technology from Schoeller Arca Systems. “We have reached a puristic design, which interprets the relief label writing in a new way and manages a totally new market appearance”, says VELTINS Marketing Director Herbert Sollich. Until the end of 2009, Schoeller Arca Systems will produce around four million bottle crates for 20x0.5l and 24x0.33l VELTINS Pils. SOURCE


Bopack has, for many years now, been providing total solutions to every conceivable challenge in the field of product identification. Sleeves are the latest addition to Bopack’s product offering. This type of packaging has a lot of decorative and functional advantages. The matt or shiny surface provides a razor-sharp and true reproduction of a still image with a superior image resolution. Through the fact that the sleeve completely surrounds the product, its entire surface area can be printed with photos and/or text. The packaging is scratch-free thanks to printing the logo etc. on the inside of the sleeve. Complex shapes too can be sleeved. Besides the decorative aspect, sleeves are a functional type of packaging. Perforations – horizontal or vertical – can be applied to primary packages so as to ensure an all-round, tamper-proof seal to the product. Alternatively, a sleeve can act as a secondary type of packaging which groups together different product types, like you get in duo pack

RPC Jar Continues to be a 'Highlight' for Cadbury

The Cadbury HIGHLIGHTS range of powdered hot chocolate drinks has been relaunched with an improved recipe with eye-catching and newly designed shrink-sleeves – but Cadbury’s has kept faith with the existing HIGHLIGHTS jar from RPC Containers Raunds for its style and convenience. The decision to rebrand reflects a shift in consumer culture away from dieting towards ‘wellbeing’-based purchasing. “Our core demographic – 25-45 year old women – want to feel good about themselves whilst having an indulgent chocolate experience,” explains Richard Holden, General Manager Beverages at Cadbury. “As a result, Cadbury Highlights now contains twice as much milk chocolate as the old recipe, and the packaging has changed to address this fact.” The eye-catching full-body sleeves showcases the ‘chocolatey’ nature of the brand, yet the HIGHLIGHTS jar itself remains unchanged in order to maintain consistency of logistics and brand recognition. “Despite the relaunch of the range, we saw no reason to part

Finn-Korkki introduce a new wide mouth closure for beer

Finn-Korkki has begun manufacturing a new wide mouth closure that is suitable for bottled beer. RipCap wide mouth closures have been established for many years in the wine & spirit sectors. This new RipCap closure is a ring pull closure made from aluminium with a diameter of 42mm. This RipCap is Finn-Korkki’s biggest ring pull closure that can be used with beverages like beer or cider, on glass, plastic and metal bottles. RipCap ring pull bottle cap RipCap ring pull bottle closure Rip Cap ring pull bottle caps There is a demand, in both the beer and cider sectors, for premium packages. Premium should not mean only a good look and feel to the bottle but also good usability. Finn-Korkki visualised a solution that uses their easy to open RipCap together with a wide mouth bottle. Together the package gives a sensation as if drinking from a glass. Good usability is realised in the easy open nature of the RipCap closure and in the way beer smoothly flows from a wide mouth bottle. The b