A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
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PMMI announces partnership

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) and Brasil Rio of S"o Paulo, Brazil, have announced a joint venture to create a new packaging trade show for South America.
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Smurfit-Stone merger closed

Dublin, Ireland-based Jefferson Smurfit Corp. and Chicago-based Stone Container Corp. announced November 18 the consummation of the merger between a wholy owned subsidiary of Jefferson Smurfit and Stone Container.
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Composite canister ousts steel can for nuts

Gone are 603 x 408 steel cans for foodservice nut products at Azar Nuts of El Paso, TX. Foodservice vice president Gary Stewart couldn't be happier.
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Snappy new labels update Snapple bottles

For its 32-oz bottles of Snapple sold in convenience stores, Triarc Beverage needed a tough label with better water resistance than the paper or paper/film laminations it was using.
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Kodak shoots for better labels

Kodak's Health Imaging facility in Windsor, CO, switched suppliers of thermal-transfer print ribbons primarily to gain greater print consistency and clarity on its labels.
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Antibacterial claims misleading?

Many types of household products sporting "antibacterial" labels are being snapped up by germ-wary consumers, but there is growing concern among government regulators and health professionals that many labels are misleading.
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Chips-and-salsa MAP pack debuts

The creative minds behind the AriZona Beverages brand have made their first major foray into food, launching a unique salsa-and-chips meal kit (pictured is a prototype)under the new Blue Luna Café brand.
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Unusual pouch springs forth at Interbev

Spotted at Interbev '98 in Dallas this October was a most intriguing stand-up pouch for Naturelle Spring Water(TM). The 200-mL (6.75 oz) pouches are marketed by SaddleSprings Beverage Co.
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In brief

A new Congress means another attempt by the food industry to enact the National Uniformity for Food Act, legislation establishing, among other things, a uniform system of labeling requirements...USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will postpone eliminating face-to-face meetings to approve labels, as planned.
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Irradiation labeling

FDA is taking too long to issue its final changes in labeling requirements for irradiated foods, complained the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) in testimony before the House Commerce Committee in October.
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Dean 'Chugs' along at Pack Expo 98

Overall attendance at November's Pack Expo reached 78괡, setting a new record. That figure is even more impressive considering that the number of international attendees reportedly declined by nearly 3%, presumably due in part to economic difficulties in Asia.
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Dairy debuts an ESL 'first'

Extended-shelf-life milk in gabletop cartons offering 60-day shelf life has been a proven pack- aging format for years. With the recent launch of its Moovers(TM) brand, Smith Dairy Products of Orrville, OH, wants to offer the same 60-day refrigerated shelf life for milk in bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate.
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Clarification

Omitted in the October story on Natural Glacial Waters, p. 34, was Priority One Packaging (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Priority One engineered the line layout and integration and supplied conveyors and an accumulation table on the line.
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Erler ponders what lies ahead

Fred Erler, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Assn. and vice president of Nordson Corp., delivered a November 11 Eye-Opener Breakfast Session at PMMI's Pack Expo 98 and told his audience that "three new realities" will predominate as we enter the 21st century: globalization, personalized packaging and flexibility.

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