October 2, 1995 |
When Cindy Baker joined the family business 13 years ago, she grudgingly admitted to a son that the world of packaging was "oh, so boring." "It was all brown boxes," sighed Baker, a vice president at Scope Packaging Inc. in Orange. "Even five years ago, it was boring. But now, packing is fun and exciting." Cartons and containers no longer simply protect products. They also are being pressed to serve as in-store advertising devices to help merchandise stand out on increasingly crowded shelves.
November 25, 2000 |
A boxed set of CDs called "Brain in a Box" has been arriving at offices throughout the music industry like a whirling UFO in the night, quietly, mysteriously--well, no, actually, it just comes in the mail. But the ambitious, eye-popping packaging for the sci-fi music collection has people reacting like the townsfolk in a 1950s B-movie when the flying saucers show up. Some are mesmerized: "It's beautiful, gorgeous," says Pete Howard, editor of ICE, a CD collector magazine.
June 25, 1991 |
Come July, the "plastics police" could be out in force here, issuing fines to grocers and restaurants selling food and drink in the new contraband: plastic containers. A city ordinance to be enforced starting July 1 will impose some of the strictest packaging regulations in the nation. They will ban ubiquitous plastics such as sandwich "clamshells" and, eventually, plastic cups, deli containers and a whole host of throwaways.
April 1, 1999 |
EarthShell Corp., which attracted investors a year ago with promises of biodegradable sandwich and coffee containers, saw its shares drop 17% on Wednesday after the firm said it will delay its first shipment to McDonald's Corp. EarthShell, headquartered in Santa Barbara until late last year, makes food packaging from biodegradable materials such as limestone and recycled potato starch.
November 11, 1990 |
Despite its setbacks with McDonald's switch to paper packaging, the polystyrene foam industry sees progress behind the scenes and promising technological help for efforts to change the product's public image. Industry officials hope to do this primarily by persuading the public that polystyrene foam, unlike waxed- or plastic-coated paper, already can be recycled. "Our industry has been behind in recycling, but we're catching up very quickly," says Larry E.
January 29, 1998 |
When Gus and Linda Doppes first started pushing their air fresheners packed in pop-top cans, the critics were brutal. "You meet with a buyer and he says, 'That's the ugliest product I've ever seen--it won't sell,' " Linda Doppes recalled. However, the couple stood by their can, ignoring cracks that it looked like cat food. And the gamble, it seems, has paid off.
August 3, 1992 |
Tom Santelli does terrible things to cardboard boxes. Equipped with machines that would look at home in a horror movie torture chamber, researchers led by Santelli squeeze boxes, shake them silly and subject them to wild temperature changes. All in search of the perfect package. "We believe we can take any package challenge from our customers and meet their need," said Santelli, director of Georgia-Pacific Corp.'s new package technology and development center.
May 1, 1991 |
Regina Medina is an informed consumer, a consummate label reader who shrinks from grocery shopping with anyone--even her husband--who dares speed up her meticulous process of comparison and contrast. But these days, she says, she's steamed. Citrus Hill calls its juice fresh when it drags its oranges all the way from Brazil? Please. Corn and vegetable oil companies boast that their products have no cholesterol? Well, when did they ever have cholesterol?
November 12, 1990 |
Can one letter be worth a thousand lawsuits? Environmental activist Fred Krupp is pondering the possibility. "We may be entering a new era of environmental problem-solving by negotiation," he says. Krupp is executive director of the powerful Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which was launched in 1967 with citizen lawsuits that led to banning of the pesticide DDT.
October 21, 2009 |
The Food and Drug Administration announced plans Tuesday to clamp down on food labeling that it says may mislead consumers into thinking products are more nutritious than they are. In particular, the FDA will target the front panels of packages bearing logos or language suggesting that the product is more healthful than the actual ingredients justify, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. "There's a growing proliferation" of symbols purporting to indicate healthfulness, and "some nutritionists have questioned whether this information is more marketing-oriented than health-oriented.