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UNCONTAINED: Beer has a way of coming back on you

The Wall St. Journal recently ran an interesting article about how beer can collecting is dying off as a hobby.
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UNCONTAINED: Awash in guilt

I always wash out my recyclables. This is mostly because I put them in an open bin in my kitchen, which I don’t want reeking of sour beer and mayonnaise residue. But I also liked to think that I was making the job of some recycling-center worker an iota less miserable...
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UNCONTAINED: A new Fountain of Youth

Ever get a fax or an e-mail by mistake? You know you shouldn’t read it, but you just can’t help it sometimes-it’s like lingering too long on a reality show while you’re channel surfing.
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UNCONTAINED: Diminishing portion shrink

It seems that Frito-Lay is sneaking a few more potato chips back into the bag now that commodity and packaging prices have settled down. If you’ll recall, F-L was among
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UNCONTAINED: Food industry omertà

For people who write about the food industry, one of the things guaranteed to drive us insane is the degree of secrecy.
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UNCONTAINED: How to market both now and after the economy recovers

Here’s some worthy advice from a consortium of researchers who urge companies to plan beyond today’s crisis.
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UNCONTAINED: The joy of…nuking?

Bellisio Foods, makers of Michelina’s, is test-marketing a new line of frozen foods cross-branded with “The Joy of Cooking.”... I just have one problem with the concept: Isn’t the whole point of buying frozen foods to experience the joy of not cooking?
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UNCONTAINED: Plastic loses class: It's the glass, glass, glass!

I don’t find it surprising that consumers are causing an uproar in response to POM’s transition from a glass container to a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle.
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An odd-sized package will be oddman out

If you’re a manufacturer and you bring a product to a retail buyer in an oversized package that doesn’t fit the shelf, well…expect grief. In an era based on category management discipline, retailers are no longer so tolerant of odd sizes that can’t be easily put on the shelf.
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BAD economy? Spend money on machinery!

As the economy sputters and consumers dig in, instead of hoarding your capital equipment dollars, now might be the best time to buy packaging machinery. Here’s why:The Economic Stimulus Act
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