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Sonoco adds POP contract packaging

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: The Packaging Services (SPS) division of Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) now offers contract packaging services of the point-of-purchase displays that it manufactures.
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Spout pouch takes its stand

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Bell, a European food company, is packaging its new chicken and steak barbecue sauce products in an inverted stand-up pouch with a closure that acts as a base. Huhtamaki Van Leer Packaging Worldwide (Germany) converts the pouch material.
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BluePrint packs cases with vision smarts

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: A high-speed, vision-guided bag orienter/sorter was on display at the booth of BluePrint Automation.
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PET pack promotes French fragrances

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Fragrance Of France launched its new Aphrodisia, Woodhue For Men and Tigress perfume lines in a clear PET “carton” from Sicht-Pack Hagner (Nyack-On-Hudson, NY).
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Honeywell's polymerized nanocomposite nylon resin

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: As an economical alternative to EVOH, Honeywell Engineered Applications and Solutions (EAS) promotes dramatically improve strength, stiffness, gas oxygen barrier properties and heat resistance with its new polymerized nanocomposite nylon 6 resin.
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Retort pouch

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Profile Packaging, Sarasota, FL, showcased a PSG Surdry steam retort oven, containing trays of retort pouches at its booth. Foil-based and silica-based laminations from Kapak were among the pouches on display.
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Low-volume pouch filler/sealer for liquids

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: CA-based Universal Beverage & Packaging is the first North American user of Profile Packaging’s Model PSG NEO-S liquid stand-up pouch fill/seal machine.
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Inline-applied slider-closure first

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Sargento Foods is the first commercial user of Pactiv's Hefty® Slide-Rite® closure system on a form/fill/seal package.
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High-speed sleever debut

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Running at an unprecedented 800 sleeves/min, Coastal Sleeve Label (Brunswick, GA) is showcasing its Autowrap wrapper from Hauni Richmond (Richmond, VA). Seams are made online, reducing production time 35%.
Chalone Vineyard wine uses Regale's InPart3; non-scuffing partition system, which is in production now.
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Molded pulp protective packaging breakthrough

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Chalone Vineyard wine bottles will be the first to use Regale’s new protective packaging technology, which reduces costs by 80% and reduces lead time by 90%, according to the supplier. Libbey Glass and Hewlett Packard are currently testing the packaging.
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RFID tags metal beer kegs

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Metal-iTag™, a new metal asset tracking solution from Marconi's InfoChain div. (Wood Dale, IL), was displayed on empty beer kegs at its booth. Marconi’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology offers real-time product identification. Metal-iTag is currently being beta tested with all major brewers nationwide, according to Marconi.
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Family ties unite CPET tray to peelable lid

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Kahiki Foods, Columbus, OH, introduced family-sized frozen dinner in September, packaged in a dual-oven CPET tray featuring a plastic-coated peelable paperboard lid. The lid is heat-sealed to the CPET tray on a Gralex Model RHS-6 rotary heat sealer, which was on display at the Gralex booth.
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Internet-enabled print engines

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Thermal-transfer label printers Internet-enabled for remote print management were on display at the booth of Zebra Technologies.
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Ciba introduces oil and water repellent for paper

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: The new Lodyne® water-based fluorochemical from Ciba Specialty Chemicals is a high-performance oil, grease and water repellent suitable for paper, paperboard and molded paper products.
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Resealing in a snap

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO:Easy Snap is a new type of reclosable flexible package introduced by SIG Pack. Unlike a zipper reclosure, Easy Snap consists of two rigid "tracks" that span the width of the bag.

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