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Blister displays ink cartridges

Simi Valley, CA-based Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions (HiKIS) repackaged its Dataproducts Inkjet product line from conventional paperboard cartons to carded blister packs that clearly show the cartridges inside. Additionally, color coding on the blister card differentiates the various brands.
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Canister sends Rugrats to Mexico

In April, Mexico's largest baked goods company, Marinela, released a special line of cookies dedicated to the Mexican release of the Nickelodeon movie, "Rugrats in Paris." The product is housed in a slim 113x1110 composite canister from Sonoco (Hartsville, SC). It's topped with a molded plastic dispenser in the shape of one of the seven main Rugrats characters.
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Bakery wraps up production rates

Mail-order bakery Bellows House Bakery, Walpole, NH, found a resolution to high labor costs and low production rates in packaging its grab-and-go cookies and brownies. In fall ’99, manual labor and semi-automatic sealing was replaced by a Fuji-Formost (Woodinville, WA) Model FW-340mII horizontal form/fill/seal wrapper.
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A pedigreed pouch

Kal Kan launched eight 150-g (5.3-oz) varieties of Pedigree Little Champions wet dog food this spring in what appears to be the same foil-laminated pouch used for the company's Whiskas-brand cat food (see Packaging World, Aug. '99, p. 83, or packworld.com/go/whiskas). Little Champions sports an 18-month shelf life, and it carries Kal Kan's Flavor-Lock Pouch trademark.
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<a href="http://www.dotpackaging.com/news/general/01_08_21_001.shtml">Dairy Crest milk pouch trial</

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: Dairy Crest is currently trialling a milk pouch system at selected doorstep delivery depots and supermarkets in the UK. Click logo for full article.
Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Automated case packing
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Automated case packing

On this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products, the rotary case packer from Hartness International operates just like the uncaser, except in reverse. Downstream from the case packer, tab-lock reshippers have their tabs slit before flaps are plowed and glued shut.
Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Monoblock rinsing/filling/capping
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Monoblock rinsing/filling/capping

On this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products, the cap hopper is nearly 150 feet upstream from the capper. This minimizes dust and clutter on the filling line. The rinser/filler/capper, supplied by Horix Manufacturing, includes a 60-head rinser, 80-head filler, and 20-head capper.
Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Uncasing
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Uncasing

Bacardi was among the first to install this rotary uncaser from Hartness International on this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products. It uses 10 carriages continuously moving in a circle to pick bottles from reshippers and place them on a conveyor leading to the rinser/filler/capper block.
Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Depalletizing
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Depalletizing

On this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products, glass bottles arrive in tab-lock reshippers stacked on pallets. The reshippers are elevated layer by layer and then swept off on a discharge conveyor leading to the filling line by the Krones depalletizer.
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Nestlé extends pasta's shelf life by 50%

A Nestlé USA facility in Danville, VA, is the first known commercial user of the OS1000 polymer-based oxygen-scavenging system from Cryovac (Duncan, SC).
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Nestlé is leader of the year; PEF nominations

The Packaging Education Forum will honor Nestlé USA, Inc., as its Packaging Leader of the Year, 2001-2002. Its commercialization of innovative packaging forms reflecting consumer preferences for convenience, quality, safety, and environmental sensitivity were recognized by PEF, as was the Glendale, CA-based company’s support of college-level packaging education.
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Nestlé 'concentrates' on tea packaging

In May, Glendale, CA-based Nestlé USA introduced Nestea iced tea concentrate in a striking custom-molded bottle supplied by Continental Plastics Container (Elk Grove Village, IL). The bottle includes a measuring chart along the side that shows how much tea to use per quart of water.
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Dole's fresh, bold look

In a move that showcases the product, variety, and ingredients of its prepackaged salad line, Salad Blends, Dole Fresh Vegetables redesigned its packaging, incorporating bold product-identifying graphics.
Ariba: B2B online RFQ platform
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Application Service Providers

Ariba (www.ariba.com) features Ariba Sourcing that provides customers with a Web-based platform to automate the entire RFQ process. Bidding formats include reverse auction, closed bidding, sealed bids, and absentee bidding.
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