Islands of automation still dominate: Respondents have a long way to go before they can reap the benefits of fully networked pac
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Packaging trails the networked future

An astonishing 71% of respondents to an exclusive PW survey report that few or none of their packaging lines are networked. Packagers identify top reasons for wanting packaging-line networks and the major obstacles that hold them back.
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Packaging trails the networked future (sidebar)

Respondents: Machine builders lack networking expertise
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Packaging trails the networked future (sidebar)

Methodology
Alot number has been ink-jet printed to a case of shortening via a new printing unit that increases code legibility and programm
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Packager says out with the old, in with the new

Company replaces ink-jet coding system to enhance printer flexibility and the legibility of its code, saving time and money.
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Flexibles to stretch beyond $19 billion in sales

FPA forecasts that fresh produce, meat/poultry/seafood, pet food, medical, and snack foods will represent the top five end-use growth areas for flexible packaging materials in the next five years.
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Flexibles to stretch beyond $19 billion in sales (sidebar)

Mixed bag for converters
Ryt-way's new wrappers sit side-by-side (above).
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Wrapper does 'ryt' by contract packager

New wrapper greatly reduces material waste and labor costs while boosting productivity and employee morale.
Bags leaking and long lead times led No Pudge! Foods' Lindsay Frucci to switch from bags (below, far left) to a bag-in-box confi
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New pack helps No Pudge! Foods fatten sales

A paperboard carton that offers on-shelf differentiation and an inner plastic bag that doesn’t leak help No Pudge! Foods’ natural brownie mix sales soar.
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When packaging polishes the 'for sale' sign

Packaging takes many forms as it delivers a product from its manufacturer through the distribution channels to the retailer and finally to the consumer.
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Big boost in bagging salad

Zoltan Payerli of Salinas, CA-based Fresh Express is looking forward to Pack Expo Las Vegas 2001, scheduled for Sept. 10-12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. His attendance there two years ago led to the installation of a 16-head combination scale from Yamato, which is represented by Hayssen, a Barry-Wehmiller Co. (Duncan, SC).
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New film barrier helps fertilizer canister grow outdoor sales

Five years ago, Greenview Preen-brand weed preventer switched from a 15-lb multiwall bag to a 4-gal preformed paperboard canister to differentiate itself from the competition (see Nov.
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Contoured bottle fits Hansen's water

Hansen Beverage Co. entered the single-serve flavored water market in July with its Energy Water line sold in a 24-oz hot-filled polyethylene terephthalate bottle from Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI).
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Graphic revitalization

In 1957, Vitabath came out with its first bath and shower gel called Vitabath Gelée. Not much had changed until February when Vitabath released a new fragrance and a new look. Phoenix-based Belae Brands, the maker of Vitabath personal care products, unveiled a modern, upscale packaging design, featuring a contemporary new logo screen-printed directly to the bottle.
Watson Label Products (St. Louis, MO) has moved to its new location at 10616 Trenton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132. Pictured from le
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Relocations, expansions

Tetra Pak (Lund, Sweden) will sell its plastics activities in PET preform and stretch blow molding machines as part of the company’s revision of its plastics business strategy.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

MAN Roland Inc. (Westmont, IL) has entered into a cooperative agreement with Flint Ink North America (Ann Arbor, MI) designed to boost pressroom performance for North American printers.

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