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Canada chimes in on biotech labeling

Canada is among the latest countries to take action on labeling of genetically modified food products. In September, the Agriculture Ministry announced it is seeking to develop a voluntary labeling standard for these foods.
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New technology blocks light from Beck's Light beer

New glassmaking technology, patented in Europe by Nienburger Glas GmbH (Nienburg, Germany) adds an effective ultraviolet light barrier to clear glass bottles that are now being filled with Beck's Light.
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Irradiation petition

Twenty-eight food industry, academic and consumer groups signed onto a petition requesting that FDA approve the use of irradiation on a variety of ready-to-eat foods.
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Innovative paper packs recognized by 3M

Pizza Hut's "Better Box" carry-out package was the Pick of the Pack award winner in the 1999 3M Scotchban Innovation Awards program. Selected as the most innovative and environmentally responsible entry, the box is made of 150#-test B-flute corrugated.
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Albertson's endorses produce packing system

Boise, ID-based Albertson's has told its produce procurement managers to advise growers that it prefers the use of International Paper's (Purchase, NY) Defor(TM) corrugated packaging system for produce.
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Carlsberg's plastic beer bottle adds barrier

Just a few months after introducing a refillable beer bottle made of polyethylene naphthalate in Denmark (see Packaging World, Sept. '99, p. 10, or packworld.
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One label for surimi

After a year-long campaign by surimi makers, FDA will allow them to use a single label to describe the fish that may or may not be in surimi. Surimi (deboned fish washed with water) is often found in cold seafood salad and is used to make imitation crab, scallops and lobster.
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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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