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A fantastic Labelexpo Americas is in the books and now it's time to turn our sights toward the upcoming GRAPH EXPO 14 and the co-located CPP EXPO, specifically for converters and package printers. But before we all head back to the Windy City, take a look at the latest goings on in the industry. This week, we have stories on the printers behind Coca-Cola's successful 'Share a Coke' campaign. We have an update on LiquiGlide, the permanently wet solution that helps get viscous liquids completely out of their packaging. And we've included some international news, including an Italian packaging company's U.S. venture, trends in Chinese packaging, and turnover at Heineken's Mexican packaging facility. Enjoy this week’s inBOX and let the GRAPH EXPO 14 countdown begin!

Coca-Cola Expands Its 'Share a Coke' Campaign to the United States
 
Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" campaign would not have been possible without digital printing, said Scott Biondich, group director for Sparkling Packaging and R&D Equipment Development at Coca-Cola North America. Launched in the United States this summer, the personalized labels were printed on HP Indigo WS6000 series digital presses. more »
 
 
Small Saves Money: Epson ColorWorks Printer Reduces Costs up to 50 Percent
 
Epson ColorWorks   Private label branding, regulatory compliance and supply chain optimization are driving the increased use of product pictures, logos, color warnings and variable data elements. To help industrial manufacturers and label converters overcome these challenges, Epson America is introducing the ColorWorks C7500 Label Printer with Just In Time Color (JITC) Labeling.
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Westernization of Chinese Packaging Presents Challenges
From FoodProcessing Online
 
A typical Chinese supermarket in a developed urban area will stock more varied products in comparison to an equivalent U.S. or Japanese store, thus increasing the choice available and offering more opportunities to choose Western products. This is an important trend for packaging companies and also suggests that domestic companies will need to match the standards of Western packaging to stand out against their counterparts. more »
 
 
Italy's Ravizza Packaging Finds a Home in Akron, Ohio
From Cleveland.com
 
Ravizza Packaging, founded in 1982 by Roberto Ravizza and his father, Franco, will open Ravizza Packaging USA Corp. with nine large pieces of machinery and three employees at Akron's Global Business Accelerator, according to the city. The Accelerator, at 526 S. Main St. in Akron, offers technical, administrative, marketing and professional services to technology-based startups.

The company's annual revenues are $3.4 million, with the majority of its sales coming from Europe. It has also recently expanded into South America and New Zealand.
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Why Buyers and Sellers Must Be Confidential Agents
By James A. Russell
 
James Russell   Keeping things to yourself in an M&A transaction may seem the most natural and commonsense behavior in the world—a rule that literally goes without saying. But, no matter how seriously we take confidentiality, it’s a rule that’s prone to being broken in the stress and distraction of transferring ownership of one company to another. When this happens, the consequences can be messy. more »
 
 
Skinnygrape Wine Makes the Move to PET
From Packaging Digest
 
Skinnygrape   Andrew Peller Ltd. moved to a single-serve size for the low-calorie spritzer based on an unmet demand for a wine-based low-calorie option in the RTD category. “We think the packaging is really fun and speaks to what our brand represents; and we believe our product offers consumers low calories without compromising on taste,” says Ripley. “From a consumer perspective, it boils down to brand, packaging and taste.” more »
 
 
Hybrid Software and Fujifilm Bring Native PDF Editing to Packaging
 
Hybrid Software has announced that Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division will be a distributor of Hybrid’s PACKZ native PDF editor and related products. more »
 
 
Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Unit for $1.2B
From The New York Times
 
Heineken   Selling the unit, Empaque, is part of Heineken’s continuing effort to focus on brewing and marketing its beer brands and will provide the company with further financial flexibility, Heineken said. Its beer brands include Heineken, Amstel, Dos Equis and Sol.

Empaque, which is based in Monterrey, Mexico, produces metal beverage cans, glass bottles and other components used in beverage packaging. The company employs about 1,500 people at a variety of manufacturing facilities in Mexico. more »
 
 
Globally Slick: LiquiGlide About to Go International
From LiquiGlide
 
LiquiGlide   LiquiGlide Inc. announced it has initiated international patent filings to protect the intellectual property (IP) of its liquid-impregnated surface technology. Protecting LiquiGlide's unique IP globally is a top priority as the company looks to swiftly commercialize internationally.
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Recycling Partners: Nestle, Coke and Tesco Team Up
From Beverage Daily
 
Nescafe   Nestle UK & Ireland is partnering Coca-Cola Enterprises, Tesco and others to pursue a government funded R&D project on flexible packaging material collection that includes coffee refill pouches.

Together with its other partners, Enval, SITA UK and LRS Consultancy, the world’s largest food and beverage firm (it's main UK coffee brand is Nescafe) will research options for collecting flexible packaging materials containing aluminum to improve recycling and re-manufacture rates.
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Thirteen Ashland Varnishes Receive RIT Certification
 
Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., received certification from the Rochester Institute of Technology for 13 ultraviolet and water-based overprint varnishes within the PureRad and PureKote overprint varnish product lines. These products can now be used commercially with HP Indigo narrow web presses. more »
 
 
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