Workers remove packs of surgical gloves from the Tiromat Powerpak (top), a machine equipped with the patented Infrasync drive.
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Film fits like a glove

Custom drive on a thermoform/seal machine enables Allegiance Healthcare’s Rayong, Thailand, plant to switch from paper lidstock to thin-gauge plastic film for packs of disposable surgeon’s gloves. Costs are cut by hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
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Film fits like a glove (sidebar)

Local service, validation yield dividends
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From gabletop to plastic

Both Nestlé USA and Hershey Foods used the Food Marketing Institute 2001 show as a platform to promote plastic containers that replace gabletop cartons.
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Marinade bottle delivers

Liquid marinades in 15 shelf-stable flavors from Excalibur Seasoning Co. Ltd., Pekin, IL, were repackaged earlier this year from an 86-oz bottle with pump dispenser to a 64-oz high-density polyethylene “Tip-N-Pour” container.
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Packets add spice to pork packs

Farmland Foods, Inc., Kansas City, MO, introduced case-ready Extra Tender Fresh Pork in random-weight vacuum packs earlier this year. Each pack contains a ½-oz seasoning packet to promote a custom, do-it-yourself approach to seasoning.
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Packaging power tops beverages

Atlanta-based In Zone Brands has added Powerpuff Girls “toppers” to its kids-targeted Belly Washers. Toppers are the molded high-density polyethylene push/pull closures with integral figures atop the 12-oz polyvinyl chloride bottles that literally give the products "character."
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Love Bus Brew tours the West

South Beach Beverage Company, Norwalk, CT, is rolling out the new SoBe Love Bus Brew June 1 to the West Coast. The chocolate drink comes in a lizard-embossed 16-oz glass bottle, decorated with a colorful 2-mil polypropylene label and a 50-micron polyvinyl chloride neck sleeve.
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Bomba drink, bomb-like bottle

Bomba Energy drinks hit the United States in a grenade-shaped 8.4-oz glass bottle topped with a steel cap and ring closure. When the ring is pulled, the cap lifts open. The exclusive importer, Energy Beverage Company of Long Island City, NY, launched the Bomba Energia Getränkevertriebs GmbH product in this country in May.
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Aseptic pack "AdvantEdge"

Golden, CO-based EAS has a new ready-to-drink shake, AdvantEdge, on store shelves in an octagonal-shaped 11-oz Tetra Prisma aseptic carton. For the company’s first single-serve nutritional beverage, EAS conducted research to provide its customers with a convenient drink box.
Multi-Color Corp. in-mold labels for Cascade Complete and Downy Enhancer products from Procter & Gamble.
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Gravure winners solve problems

During the technical meeting of the Packaging & Label Gravure Assn., 11 entries were cited in the group's first packaging competition. The Best of Show and a winner in the flexible packaging category was the Kirkland Four Cheese Ravioli pouch by Nordenia USA (Jackson, MO) for Costco.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

—Impaxx Labels (Schaumburg, IL) has combined its businesses, including Trine Labelling Systems, Label-Aire Inc., and CSA Machine Systems into a focused group to offer packagers a single source for labeling equipment.
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International agreements

—Greif Bros. Corp. (Delaware, OH) has completed its purchase of the Van Leer Industrial packaging div. of Huhtamaki Van Leer Oyj (Espoo, Finland).
Nature's Path Foods is zealous about its organic and GMO-free breakfast cereals. It also developed a brochure about GMOs.
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New organic and 'gmo' label standards

USDA and FDA are imposing order on claims for organic and genetically modified organism (GMO)-free foods that appear on packages and labels.
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology (sidebar)

More complex structures, too
One of Calhoun's new vf/f/s lines automates packaging from roll stock to manual case packing. Some examples of Calhoun Bend Mill
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology

Beginning a decade ago, Calhoun Bend Mill started with simple packaging equipment, went through a rebuild upgrade and now has two new vf/f/s machines for bags of its food mixes.

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