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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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Standardization suits Stonyfield Farm, (sidebar)

Stonyfield Farm blends environmental/economic goals
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Discussing issues, breaking new ground

Editorials usually fall into one of two categories: Either they're "outside" and discuss the overall business and examine trends that may have an impact on your jobs; or they're "inside," and they explain how the magazine, especially a particular issue, has been created to help you.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas 99 and IEFP, (sidebar)

Outsourcing pavilion new at Pack Expo Las Vegas 99
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New books profile converters, private-label manufacturers

Need to know more about packaging converters in North America or about the continued growth of store brands?
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Procter & Gamble touts recycled paperboard content

Cincinnati based Procter & Gamble has not only joined The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance (New York, NY), but it's now adding the group's symbol to folding cartons of its Puffs tissues.
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Tasty Baking takes a bite of automation

Automated packaging lines have transformed the sixth floor at thelegendary Philadelphia bakery. Flowrappers, cartoners and case packers take center stage in the new lines.
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Two-pronged attack in case-ready meats

Some supermarkets like vacuum skin-packing for case-ready meat, while others prefer modified-atmosphere master packs. Why not offer both, asks this Denver meat packer.
A door on an automated splicing machine is opened (above) to show where a film roll is marked for a roll splice. The splicing co
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Cloud connects to auto splicing

Chicagoland contract packager ups efficiency by adding an automated splicer onto a rollstock-driven, high-speed hf/f/s pouch machine.
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Packagers beware: few controls guarantees

Most manufacturers of controls use their Web sites to communicate about their products and Y2K policies. Some feel undeserved blame for problems; others acknowledge product shortcomings.
A close-up of the stacking machine shows the three sets of three-high cases of yogurt. Based on the stacker?s success, Stonyfie
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Stonyfield Farm stacks benefits

Maintenance mechanic designs and builds an automatic case stacking machine that reduces labor costs and helps ready the company for new palletizing equipment.
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User fees stuck in neutral, (sidebar)

FDA pressed to 'repackage' 120-day approval program
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FDA pressed to 'repackage' 120-day approval program

Congress appears likely to provide at least part of the $6 million needed to get a new 120-day notification program off the ground by Oct. 1. But many manufacturers are concerned with how the FDA will administer the program.
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Pine wood packing materials

China has informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it found the pine wood nematode in U.S. shipments containing wood packing material. Chinese law requires quarantine of this pest, prompting USDA's Animal, Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to caution U.S.
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Bailey's celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Marketers at United Distillers and Vintners (UDV) of Stamford, CT, wanted a way to liven up bottles of Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur for St. Patrick's Day.

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