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Huntsman has new identity

On October 9, Huntsman Packaging Corp. (Schaumburg, IL) unveiled a new corporate name and graphic identity for all of its divisions around the world: Pliant Corporation™.
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Food Plants 2000

FOOD PLANTS 2000 and The National Food Processors 93rd Annual Convention will take place November 9-10 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Chicago.
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First pasterized, wide-mouth PET

A heat-set PET jar from Vlasic Foods Intl., Cherry Hill, NJ. is produced by Schmalbach-Lubeca. The jar is said to be the first commercial pasteurizable wide-mouth PET food jar.
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Smuckers Magic Shake

Smucker’s® Magic Shake™ instant milkshake mix has a new trick up its sleeve. Using a custom flip-top PP closure and fluted PP bottle with mix packets inside, the package provides easy mixing and drinking of the beverage.
Process-printed flexography in seven colors by Robbie Manufacturing, the graphics carry the traditional Pilgrim's Pride look wit
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Printed films seal meat trays

Leak-proof films, featuring flexo-printed designs, seal both fresh chicken and frozen meat products for two companies at stores nationwide. Pilgrim’s Pride repositions its full line of fresh chicken and Carlson of Albert Lea debuts Crossroad Farms fully cooked frozen meats.
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WD-40 promotes 'straw strap'

San Diego-based WD-40 Co. has come up with a way to keep the all-important spray tube on its popular lubricant product from getting lost. The firm’s 8- and 11-oz cans now have a red, yellow or blue stretchable rubber strap around the neck.
Ethan Allen's Thomas Lowery said package consistency posed a challenge for the company as it began selling furnishings on its We
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E-commerce builds momentum by the bay

Before a larger-than-anticipated audience in San Francisco, representatives from packagers Ethan Allen and Reflect.com address packaging for e-commerce direct-to-consumers.
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E-commerce builds momentum by the bay (sidebar)

E-commerce, take two
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Shrink wrap solves promo problems

Mayes Brothers, a manufacturer of carpentry levels, has increased its business and found a faster and cheaper method of packaging with PVC shrink wrap.
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Growth accelerates in flexible materials

Volume of flexible packaging materials continues to outpace growth in both the overall economy and for all of packaging. FPA report does identify some potential problems, however.
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Growth accelerates in flexible materials (sidebar)

Converters worry about labor, materials
Lidding material travels in a downward motion through the stacked thermal-transfer printers and meets the forming web just ahead
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Merit re-tools for a global marketplace

This medical device maker says goodbye to extra labels and replaces them with on-line, thermal-transfer printing on lidding material. Print now includes important symbols required by customers overseas.
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Merit re-tools for a global marketplace (sidebar)

Material makeover, too
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Fewer vendors in manufacturers' plans

A reader survey about vendor consolidation emphasizes that most manufacturers are actively looking to decrease the number of packaging suppliers from which they buy. Pricing advantages is just one of many driving factors.
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Fewer vendors in manufacturers' plans (sidebar)

Purchasing gains big with reduced vendors

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