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Tube of the Year Awards

The Tube Council has announced the winners of its 2010 Tube of the Year Awards. An independent panel of judges evaluated nearly two dozen submissions, ranking entries in the following categories: Innovative Tube, Innovative Component/Process, Pharmaceutical, Food, Personal Care, Dentifrice, and Household/Industrial. Judging resulted in one category with two winners, and runners-up and/or special mentions were named in all categories.

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New Sizes for Airless Pumps

By Marie Redding

Tubes with airless pumps, many of which are being used for cosmeceutical products, is a growing product category for Albéa.

The supplier recently added three new small-sized options to its family of airless tubes (trademarked “Precitube”) that contain integrated airless pumps.

The pump is a metered-dose system, ideal for pharmaceutical applications as well as beauty products. The pump is designed in two versions, for lotions or sprays.

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Tubes: New Developments in Decorating

By Marie Redding

Suppliers are investing in new equipment and processes for printing on both laminate and extruded tubes.
While most suppliers say reducing margins and cutting costs are priorities for most of their customers, Berry Plastics (www.berryplastics.com) is reporting the opposite.

Jerry Ruud, vice president, sales & marketing, Berry Plastics, has been seeing more retailers’ private label brands, such as products by CVS and Walgreens, upgrading to more high-end tubes that are decorated extensively.

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Haste, No Waste

A contract tube filler expands to expedite order turnaround, delivering a packaging format that wastes very little product.


OraTech, a contract manufacturing and packaging company, has recently added two more Norden high-speed tube filling machines to its full-service operation. The firm serves medical, dental, nutraceutical, and over-the-counter healthcare product marketers.

Expanding its tube-filling capabilities was necessary in order to meet customer demand. According to Michael Anderson, manager of contract manufacturing/packaging/consumer products, “the ability to offer quick turnaround is essential.”

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Tubes: Desert Beauty in Bloom

A well-established natural beauty line is reborn with the help of tubes.

This past summer, Desert Essence relaunched its natural beauty products line, redesigning its packaging and adding new items. Tubes are playing a sizable role in that launch, which extends into fall.

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Tubes: Rejuvenate, Conveniently

A respected skin care expert selects a tube for facial scrub.

Clientele Beauty was founded by CEO Dr. Pat Riley 30 years ago, and ever since she has enlisted several ingredients to promote healthy skin, including beta carotene, phytoestrogens, coenzyme Q-10, resveratrol, and others. Recipient of the Jacqueline Kennedy Award from JFK University, Riley also recently received the Northwood University degree Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.

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The Tube-in-a-Tube Trend

By Marie Redding

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World Wide Packaging’s Partnership with Mary Kay a Bonus for Consumers


World Wide Packaging LLC (WWP; Florham Park, NJ) has partnered with Mary Kay Global to introduce five three-color in-line silk screened 1-oz tubes to serve as a gift with purchase (GWP) set for Mary Kay products.

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Tube Tendencies

Interest in tubes is piqued by new innovations and developments.

By Marie Redding
Freelance Writer


Tube suppliers and fillers say business is growing. New innovations in structure, closure, and decoration are all helping to fuel the demand for tubes.

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Laminates Rise to the Next Level

Innovation sparks the development of new types of laminate tubes and decorating capabilities.

By Marie Redding
Freelance Writer

The demand for squeeze tubes is expected to climb 4.8% annually to $1.1 billion through 2014, according to The Freedonia Group’s industry study, “Tube & Stick Packaging,” published last May. “Prospects will be helped by improved barrier properties in extruded plastic tubes, and greater use of laminate tubes in applications beyond toothpaste,” the study predicts.

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