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Packaging graphics reflect price points

When Delavan, WI-based Flotec redesigned the cartons for its sump, sewage, utility and water systems products, the company made a concerted effort to communicate more clearly with customers than it did with its old packages.
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Packaging gets dressed up for Halloween

To distinguish its masks on crowded shelves during the Halloween season, Party Pals LLC took a blister-pack approach to packaging. It put its masks between front-and-back thermoformed pieces curved to conform to the shape of the mask.
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Welch tries plastic for hot-fill jams and jellies

Welch Foods is now testing a heat-set, hot-fillable jar made of polyethylene terephthalate for 32-oz jars of jelly and jam. The Concord, MA, firm is mum on the location and duration of the test.
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Consumer education key to public embracing irradiation

Even without changes to labeling requirements, some consumers appear to understand the food safety benefits of irradiation, says a consumer researcher.
At Rose Acre Farms? White County egg farm, individual eggs are ink-jet coded in three lanes on a conveyor (below left). Mech
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Egg codes convey Rose Acre's quality commitment

By ink-jet coding directly onto eggs as well as on outer cartons, Rose Acre Farms believes it enjoys a competitive edge.
In the station shown above, thermally conditioned injection-molded preforms are being handed off to the portion of the bottle-ma
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Guzzlers bring new gear to Twin Mountain

When fruit-flavored Guzzlers proved popular, this bottled water marketer moved quickly to install both new bottle-making equipment as well as a new packaging line.
Slim Stick packs for ConAgra?s Sidewalk Café are produced five/cycle (above) on Japanese equipment at contract manufacturer
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Equipment 'Powers' stick-pack production

Fullerton, CA-based ConAgra Grocery is among the first to use a slim stick pack, for its Sidewalk Caf/ instant cappuccino. Contract manufacturer/packager The Power Group packs the product on Japanese equipment.
After cups are filled, they index to a station where plastic lidding is heat-sealed to the containers (right), before an overcap
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Renovation reaps rewards for yogurt maker

New cup filling, accumulating, coding, cartoning and case packing equipment help Stonyfield Farm double yogurt capacity at its Londonderry, NH, headquarters facility.
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A new cartoning machine erects multipack carton blanks (above), pairs six 4-oz cups of yogurt (right) onto the blank, then wraps
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New filler, cartoner, help 'moo-ve' multipacks

Renovation reaps rewards for yogurt maker (sidebar)
WebPkg.com site users can point and click their way through designing genuine CAD documents for packaging, without having to lea
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Designing & sharing packaging specs on-line

If you want to share your packaging specs with colleagues or vendors, visit www.webpkg.com. The site's tagline says it all: "Design packaging.
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Is recycling sacred in California?

If you've read through Michele Raymond's report on the upcoming battle over plastic containers and recycling in California (see p. 44), you recognize you're reading a piece that originates from someone with a pro-recycling bias.
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Favorable market conditions foster growth in flexibles

Flexible packaging material sales are expected to reach nearly $18.1 billion this year, a 3.7% increase from 1998. Converters expect the surgical/medical markets to show the strongest growth during the next five years.
When the lidding is peeled away from the cup, a thin layer of polyester remains behind (far left), exposing a drinking/pouring h
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Aseptic filling sans sterilants

When a Colombian beverage marketer became the first to produce a packaged version of the popular Avena drink, the company used aseptic technology that was simple and secure.
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California battle looms over plastics recycling

Plastics recycling and recycled content of containers initiate new legislative conflicts in California. Industry and environmentalists appear polarized, as legislators look for common ground.

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