Constar International Inc.,
a producer of PET containers, announced immediate availability of its
MonOxbar technology following completion of the FDA’s Food Contact
Notification process. MonOxbar is a monolayer blend of Constar’s
patented Oxbar oxygen scavenging material with PET for oxygen-sensitive
products such as juices, teas, tomato-based products, beer,
vitamin-enhanced products and more.
In addition to a full range of Monoxbar bottles for
custom, hot-fill and widemouth applications in the United States and
Europe, Constar will offer MonOxbar preforms to customers who operate their
own blowmolding machines, aseptic fillers running integrated blow-fill
lines and to export to markets worldwide. MonOxbar’s oxygen barrier
is embodied in the preform, which is far less sensitive to freight cost
Crown Holdings Inc.,
Philadelphia, announced the shipment of its 25 billionth SuperEnd beverage
end in North America. The innovative ends have a unique angled, chuck-wall
design that significantly reduces metal use and improves end performance
while enhancing consumer satisfaction. The ends quickly became an industry
standard following their introduction in 2001. To date, more than 6,500
tons of metal and 110 tons of coatings have been saved.
The lightweight SuperEnd beverage end reduced material
usage makes beverage cans even more environmentally friendly. They also
deliver exceptional performance vs. Large-Opening-End beverage can ends,
lowering systemwide costs through reduced rates of score erosion, secondary
leakage, tab failure and consumer complaints.
Software solutions provider, GBG Inc., Waterloo, Ontario, is
merging with San Diego-based Beverage Solutions
Inc. BSI is a provider of route accounting
packages and mobile solutions for the beer and
soft drink DSD marketplace. The acquisition further cements GBG’s
position as the leader in the DSD market.
Baltimore, Md., a market leader in high-speed beverage filling machine
manufacture and maintenance, announced the creation of The Adcor Packaging
Group. Formation of the business unit enables Adcor to provide a wider
scope of product expertise and support services to the beverage bottling
and canning industry, resulting in enhanced productivity, improved
consistency and optimized performance for its customers. Among the
customized turnkey solutions the group brings to the beverage filling
industry are highly advanced design and engineering capabilities along with
the installation of OEM equipment for the filling line and its essential
Strahman Valves Inc.,
Florham Park, N.J., completed negotiations to acquire the assets of MG Process Valves. MG Process
Valves will be renamed Strahman MG and continue to operate from its
facility in Mery, France. Strahman MG will be a
wholly owned subsidiary of Strahman Valves Inc.
In addition to expanded geographic coverage, the
acquisition provides Strahman the capability to supply a wide range of
fabricated and cast valves including soft-seated and metal-seated Ram-Type
Drain Valves, Piston-Type Sampling Valves, Multi-way Diverter Valves, Spray
Rinse Tank Valves, rotating and Sliding Line Blinds, Sanitary and Biotech
Flowserve Corp., Dallas,
Texas, a global provider of fluid motion and
control products and services, announced it is now supporting its premier
Limitorque SMB electric actuator line with a 10-year standard warranty. The
warranty term is unprecedented in the flow control industry and sets a new
benchmark in asset management. The Limitorque war-ranty offers the benefits
of hassle-free, OEM-guaranteed spare parts; guaranteed Flowserve field and
shop maintenance; a reduced risk of downtime; and protection from punitive
costs associated with in-line failure.
Tripmaster Corp. a leader
in onboard electronic recorders and support software sold a FleetLink
onboard wireless communications system to J.D.
Smith and Sons, a Canadian logistics management
company. FleetLink will be integrated in J.D. Smith’s existing
TruckMate for Windows enterprise software.
TNT Logistics North America received Entergy Corp.’s annual Safety Leadership Award. TNT provides dedicated
transportation services for Entergy Corp., an electric power production
company based in the southwest. During 2003, TNT Logistics’ trucks
traveled more than 857,000 miles between centralized warehouses and had no
vehicular accidents or lost workdays due to injury.
Chocolat Alprose of Caslano/Lugano, Switzerland, purchased an adhesive
dispensing system from Nordson featuring an e.dot electric gun, EPC-30 pattern
control and a ProBlue adhesive melter. The new system enabled Chocolat
Alprose to produce small, individually wrapped chocolate bars without
compromising the taste and texture of its fine Swiss chocolate bars.
CCL Industries, a global packaging and labeling firm
headquartered in Canada, inked an agreement that will create the largest
custom packaging manufacturer in Europe. The new joint venture combines
CCL’s custom manufacturing operations with Portugal’s Colep Europe. The newly dubbed
ColepCCL had sales of more than 288 million euros in 2003 and will have
facilities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Poland. The
new managing director of ColepCCL, Vitor Neves, said, “Our goal is to
take the best practices and operational
know-how from both businesses and create one company that will provide
increased value for our customers.”
Beverage Industry’s October issue features a cover story on our 2019 Executive of the Year, Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Co. This issue also features a category focus on bottled water and the innovations that abound in flavored, functional and sparkling waters. The issue also includes an ingredient spotlight on the beloved chocolate ingredient as well as voice-picking solutions aimed at streamlining beverage warehouses. As usual, we rounded up the latest trends in products, packaging and ingredients.
Check back throughout the month for additional content.