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Nestlé package 'percolates' success

Nestlé Canada’s Nescafé Ice coffee syrup bottle earned the “Chairman’s Choice” award in the 2001 National Canadian packaging competition. Developed in conjunction with Graham Packaging Canada (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), the blow-molded, black opaque high-density polyethylene bottle has turned a lot of heads in grocery dairy aisles since its Canadian national rollout earlier this year. A U. S. introduction is expected at some point in the future.
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International agreements

Southcorp Packaging Ltd. (Adelaide, Australia) has reached an agreement to sell Southcorp Packaging USA, Inc. to a management group lead by its current president and COO, Larry McVicker.
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Appointments, promotions

Marquip (Phillips, WI): Joe Heizler, exec. sales mgr.
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PE-coated board guarantees quality

Cake manufacturer Mandelbagerist, Goteborg, Sweden, found the award-winning 16-pt, polyethylene-coated board was the solution to efficiently package its new single-serve almond dessert line. Board supplier Stora Enso (Stockholm, Sweden) was recently recognized for winning the International Wordstar Packaging Award for this triangle-shaped single pack.
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Two-line strategy copes with growth

Two new lines at U.K. contract packager Axxis Intl. both rely on puck systems to handle personal care products. One line is tailored for long runs, the other for quick-change versatility. See in-plant video
The kit form of the In Charge monitoring system for diabetics contains components including the test strips in moisture-absorbin
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Desiccant caps are 'dried and true'

An in-cap desiccant protects sensitive test strips from LXN Corp. used by diabetics, and the vial provides a UV light barrier. This cost-effective method is transparent to consumers.
Sanford's bulk loading system also with cartoner and case packer features a conveyor bridge that permits one operator to attend
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Sanford counts on oriented bulk filling

Automatic system that replaces manual methods conveys and counts markers for oriented loading into bulk bins. As part of the same integrated system, markers can be cartoned and cased.
Marker flow on the clip conveyor can be directed to the cartoner. Flow automatically reverts to the bulk system in case of a car
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Sanford counts on oriented bulk filling (sidebar)

Integrated cartoning and casing
Knocked-down cases are placed in a magazine on the infeed section of the digital printer. Stacks of printed cases discharge onto
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Sunnyside sees sunny side of off-line printing

Chemical manufacturer employs an off-line digital printer that prints bar codes on cases. It reduces downtime and produces more legible type than previous in-line coders.
Au-ve-co's Rita Keller (above) tends to a print-and-apply labeler that prints bar codes and information onto labels used for car
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Au-ve-co fastens itself to print-and-apply labeler

Print-and-apply machine labels knocked-down folding cartons used for Au-ve-co’s automotive repair parts. The machine adds printing flexibility, meets growing volume needs, and reduces maintenance and changeover time.
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Au-ve-co fastens itself to print-and-apply labeler (sidebar)

Distributor/vendor duo drive Au-ve-co
While rotating on powered rollers, a 36,000-lb steel coil is stretch wrapped in 2-mil LLDPE film treated with vapor corrosion in
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Weirton stretches for film/paper 'cocoon'

This steel producer works closely with a distributor to protect shipments of its 36ꯠ-lb steel coils by stretch wrapping them in vapor corrosion inhibitor film.
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Distributors show off creativity

A total of 21 packages in seven categories were honored with awards in the annual NACD competition. Winners in the food category are products of precise engineering.
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Microsoft upgrades its packaging

Software giant switches from a bleached board/corrugated combo pack to coated unbleached kraft board, saving material and equipment costs.
The late Harry Karreman (center) is flanked by son Kevin (right) and by Jeff Hincks, both of whom helped Harry start up and grow
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A late Father's Day tribute

This is being written in the weeks before Father’s Day—another Hallmark (profit) moment. Although I’m anything but fond of these “created” holidays, this year’s event coincides with one of the more interesting interviews I’ve conducted recently.

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