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Kellogg cereal in linerless gabletop carton

In recent years, cereal marketers have turned to flexible pouches and bags to differentiate their products from traditional bag-in-box offerings. Kellogg, however, took a different tack in introducing Special K Plus(TM).
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Keebler trumpets 'hand puppet' pouch

Last month, Elmhurst, IL-based Keebler Co. introduced stand-up contour pouches for its new 7-oz Elf® Grahams snacks. The pouches are meant to be used as hand puppets after the product is consumed.
McNeil uses custom tools in its tf/f/s machine  to form individual packaging units that are  elegantly shaped. The portion-contr
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Packaging helps Johnson & Johnson enter food business

A custom thermoform and sophisticated packaging machinery help bring Johnson & Johnson's cholesterol-reducing Benecol spread to supermarkets across the country.
The palletizer offloads the full pallet onto the automated transfer car (left), which moves on tracks embedded in the floor. The
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Overhead carriage wrapping averts product damage

Red Devil, a manufacturer of caulk, sealants and spackling compounds, eliminated product damage by switching to stretch wrappers that move film around a stationary load rather than spinning the load on a turntable.
John Harris, Nature Labs? director of operations, found leasing indispensable in setting up a new packaging line for the rapi
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Packagers take a lease on new business

Packagers that lease equipment cite preservation of working capital and tax benefits as advantages over buying.
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Widespread responsibility for fixing Y2K, (sidebar)

Packagers beware: few controls guarantees
A sensor placed directly across from the coder (left) communicates to the coder when a bottle passes in front of it. The ink-je
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Marking for the millennium

Y2K compliance, cost cuts and improved print quality top the list of reasons why a Kentucky soft drink bottler changed to a new coding system for its glass bottles.
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Machinery makers take some responsibility

Packaging machine builders recognize their role in helping customers find answers to Y2K problems. Some are working to find solutions, while others are relying on controls vendors.
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Barrier films are on a roll (sidebar)

Two-pronged attack in case -- ready meats
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Packaging marketplaces take center stage

This year will be recorded as the year of the Internet "packaging auction gold rush." Auction--and classifieds--Web sites are popping up faster than you can say "network protocol" in the great race to establish Internet-based marketplaces for selling packaging equipment and materials.
While it may be best known for its Lay?s? potato chips and Fritos? corn chips, Frito-Lay benefits from a pretzel weighing and pa
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Frito-Lay munches on savings

In the last year, Frito-Lay has saved 10% in costs through increased productivity and improved inventory control provided by a new weighing/packing system found at the last Pack Expo in Las Vegas.
The78-valve filler has no bottle platforms that carry bottles through the filling process. That task is performed instead by a s
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Liquid filler yields better accuracy

A new hot-fill liquid filler is improving yields and filling accuracy for contract packager Beverage Capital (Baltimore, MD) and customers such as Triarc Beverage Group, White Plains, NY, whose well-known Snapple beverages are filled on the machine.
The hardened corner cushions are taken from the molds and placed in plastic bins to be used as needed by the packagers
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Handled with care

Molded corner cushions ensure painter Thomas Kinkade's prints are delivered undamaged. The new system saves Media Arts Group money, time and space.
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Stonyfield Farm blends environmental/economic goals

New multipack packaging for kids' yogurt exemplifies Stonyfield Farm's dual commitment to the environment and to its bottom line.
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Stand-out 'PACs' win recognition

When Big Rock Brewery decided to redesign its packaging late last year, the Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based company wanted to build brand awareness and develop a cohesive look for its nine specialty brews.

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