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LPK makes packaging predictions

Package design firm Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) has probed its crystal ball to make public its "Packaging Predictions for 1996." "As baby boomers age, items we used to hide, like adult incontinence products, laxatives and dental adhesives, will be out in the open and packaging will be bolder to reflect this new, open attitude driven by the Woodstock generation turning 50," says Jerry Kathman, vp of client services.
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FDA to permit simplified health claims on labels

USDA isn't the only agency embracing HACCP. At the Food &Drug Administration, mandatory HACCP regulations will be implemented over the next two years for seafood processors, the agency announced in December.
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Aluminum "bottle" a first for vodka

While the cool, sleek appearance of brushed aluminum is not uncommon for health & beauty aids, it is unusual to see it in the spirits category. Hertford, U.K.-based MDT Wines & Spirits believes it is the first to use such a container for vodka.
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Cartons sport embossed graphics

For 18-oz Wheaties® cereal during December and January, Minneapolis-based General Mills used a special carton that lives up to the product's "Breakfast of Champions!" slogan.
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COPE readies consumer survey

In response to a petition from the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), FDA has proposed several changes in its food labeling regulations. After reviewing all its health claims rules, the agency is poised to propose simplified, flexible model claim language for some of the existing longer health claims.
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SECOND EDITION OF LABELING

PMMI'S SECOND EDITION OF LABELING--The Packaging Machinery Manufacturer's Institute's second editiion of its self-instructional manual called 'Labeling' is now available.
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Economical molded pulp manufacturing

Molded Pulp Products produces Peerless trays at its 120ꯠ-sq-ft plant in Cincinnati. Post-consumer newspapers are mixed with water within a hydropulper from Emery Intl.
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All fit for shipping

Gym equipment manufacturer Allfitness switches from kraft paper to LDPE-based foam for shipping its products to retailers worldwide. Benefits include fewer returns and an enhanced perceived value.
As Ball?s air-pressure tester revolves (above), a microprocessor-based        controller monitors each of 48 can-containing stat
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Ball takes control during can testing

Ball's Columbus, OH, plant is first to use new microprocessor-based controller to monitor leak testing of three-piece steel cans.
Corrugated shippers were redesigned with an interlocking graphic effect to give Sutter Home a more appealing in-store presence
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Sutter Home bottle breaks new ground

Commonly used for wide-mouth jars and narrow-neck beers, bottles made with press-and-blow technology haven't been available to wineries--until now. Eye-catching labels complete this package upgrade.
Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.
An articulating swing arm on Heinz?s print-and-apply labeler applies two labels, with     identical information, first to one si
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Print-and-apply labeling lightens Heinz's load

Heinz Pet Products adds a print-and-apply labeling system that applies a label to two adjacent pallet sides. System replaces manual labeling, saving $100ꯠ/yr in labor costs.
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Does purchasing drive partnerships?

The results of the PMMI's Productivity survey show that few packagers regard their relationships with machinery makers as partnerships. And purchasing executives are most likely to initiate partnering.
The bottom stringers for the Saturn engine pallet are slightly offset so that they  conform to standard forklift fork-spacing di
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Engine packs keep Saturn innovative

Engine pallets of recycled newsprint replace more costly wooden cradles for Saturn's replacement motors. Reuse adds to the benefits.
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Recycled paper drives automotive packs

This application for Saturn is just one of the latest in many automotive applications for Homasote's recycled Pak-Line products. Even before recyclable packaging became an industry objective, many auto makers selected Pak-Line for custom reusable containers.

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