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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.