PACKAGER NEW BRIEFS Feb. 2009
Four Michigan State University students have won a $5,000 cash prize from the Glass Packaging Institutefor making a YouTube video touting glass recycling. To see the video, access www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdT7idXzITE&e.
PMMI’sEducation & Training Foundation granted $102,328 last year in scholarships and financial support to partner schools, packaging students and member company employees. This included $35,000 to help 575 students and 18 instructors attend last year’s Pack Expo.
Jim Anderson, CEO of Marlen Research Corp. , has been named to remain as chairman of PMMI in 2009. Anderson was nominated to fill the 2007–2008 term afterRandy Spahr, recently withGoodman Packaging Equipment, resigned the volunteer position.
Coca-Colaheld the formal opening Jan. 14 of what it bills as the world’s largest bottle-to-bottle recycling plant. Coke owns the 30-acre facility, located in Spartanburg, S.C., jointly with United Resource Recovery Corp., a recycling company specializing in polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Jeff Moyer, farm director of the Rodale Institute, has been elected as the 2009 chair of U.S. Department of Agriculture’sNational Organic Standards Board (NOSB) . The NOSB is an advisory group that helps USDA set standards and practices for organic products.
H.J. Heinz Co. and theQuaker Oatsunit ofPepsiCohave received top scores among food companies in the University of Michigan’s American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).Campbell Soupdropped near the bottom, which an ACSI report attributed to higher prices.
TheAluminum Associationhas announced a goal of increasing the U.S. recycling rate for aluminum beverage containers to 75% by 2015. The current recovery rate is about 54%.
Of the roughly 62 billion commercial foodservice meals and snacks consumed per year, 6% are purchased at retail outlets including food, drug, discount, department and price clubs, and an additional 7% are purchased at convenience stores, according to a new report from theNPD Group.