Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
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BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
At Bandini, once a load is positioned on the turntable of the stretch wrapper (top), the top sheet is pulled out in the film fra
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Keeping dirt clean

Bags of premium nursery soils don't sell well when they're dirty or faded. Bandini Fertilizer moves to automatic wrapping of pallet loads with a cover to keep bags-and company image-clean.
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Paperboard gets new recycled symbol

In the face of criticism over the meaning of the "chasing arrows" symbol, The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, New York, NY, has created a new art device to indicate products and packages made from, what else, 100% recycled paperboard.
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Maine zaps ban on irradiation

Maine has decided to join 48 other states in allowing the sale of irradiated foods. Governor Angus King signed a bill repealing the state ban in late June after the measure won approval by a state House-Senate Committee.
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PAM with a pump

Figuring it likely that "aerosol aversion" might cause some consumers to steer clear of its PAM® cooking spray in an aerosol can, American Home Food Products of Madison, NJ, began testing an alternative package: PAM with a pump.
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Sunset bill gets boost

Proponents of regulatory sunset legislation are offering a new report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as evidence that the requirements of reviewing all major federal regulations at least every seven years won't be prohibitively expensive.
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Protecting capsules and tablets from oxidation

For Los Angeles-based Quelle Derm, guarding against oxidation is an essential function of the packaging specified for the firm's Total Skin Care System.
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Intellectual packaging

Los Alamitos, CA-based produce manufacturer Frieda's is taking a new approach to marketing for its latest line of products. Grouped as foods that are indigenous to the Americas and traditionally prepared by Native Americans, Lost Crops of the Americas(TM) features exotic products such as red and blue cornmeal, fresh aloe vera, black quinoa and rattlesnake beans.
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Coalition discredits EPA study on bottle bills

When the Environmental Protection Agency asked for peer review of a draft report prepared by the Tellus Institute on the costs and benefits of bottle bills, the Coalition for Comprehensive Recycling, a broad-based group including representatives from industry, organized labor and retail trades, had plenty to say.
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Paperboard firsts

C & V Zuegg, a producer of fruit juices and jams based in Verona, Italy, became the first company to use the Brick Carrier(TM) developed by Riverwood (Atlanta, GA).
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New look for OSHA?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is evolving into a significantly tamer federal agency in the face of current regulatory reform efforts.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Shoppers have strong views on packaging

The government appears to have been right on target in its effort to provide Americans with more nutrition information by requiring nutrition labels on packaged foods.
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Package is key for Keystone

Hair care and cosmetics manufacturer Keystone Laboratories wanted to make a strong entrance into the market with its new Opal Glow(TM) alpha hydroxy-based skin care line, aimed primarily though not exclusively at African Americans.

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