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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.
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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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Label reflects biscotti quality

Shortly after Ecce Panis, Carlstadt, NJ, introduced its gourmet biscotti in 8-oz bags a year ago, the company realized the package didn't do the product justice.
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California bills under fire

The Grocery Manufacturers of America sent out an urgent appeal to its California members to urge their state legislators to vote against two pending bills in the State Senate.
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Kentucky bottle bill

Legislation to establish a beverage container deposit law is expected to be introduced in the Kentucky Legislature in 2000, but a study by the University of Kentucky funded by Kentucky Grocers Assn.
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A first in peelable foil membranes

Fruit Bites, a 140-g can of retorted sliced fruit pieces from Australia's Golden Circle Ltd., won two gold medals in the May 1999 "Can of the Year" competition sponsored by England's The Canmaker magazine.
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Carrot producer 'slides' to new zipper

Bakersfield, CA-based carrot producer Wm. Bolthouse Farms is among the first packaged goods manufacturers to use of the Slide-Rite(TM) zipper from Pactiv Inc.
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Sugar labeling

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wants FDA to change its nutrition labeling requirements to include a line for "added sugars," charging that consumers should be able to tell when sugars are added in processing as opposed to occurring naturally in the food.
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Australian biotech labeling

Australia is considering changes to its Food Standards Code on labeling of genetically enhanced ingredients that are equivalent to traditional foods. In comments to Australia's Ministry of Health, GMA said labeling criteria for genetically enhanced foods should be adopted only if the information is essential to health and safety.

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