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Justice lets corrugated converters team up

In a ruling that should give independent producers of corrugated packaging more competitive clout, the Antitrust Div. of the Justice Department has approved the formation of joint selling entities (JSE) among independents to serve customers seeking a single source of corrugated.
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Package permits expanded market reach

New equipment producing a new package means longer shelf life and broader distribution of snack-sized donuts for Carolina Foods.
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Picturesque label wins award

Alberto-Culver's back panel label for St. Ives Swiss Spa shampoo bottles recently won a first place in the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute Awards Competition (for more information on the TLMI awards, see p.
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Mrs. Butterworth's speaks to kids

Packaging for Mrs. Butterworth's new line of kid-friendly syrups includes a polypropylene bottle, a drip-proof spout, a smaller, easy-to-hold 18-oz size and a jazzy label.
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Spuds bud in barrier trays

Potatoes are breaking into a new market with Purely Idaho brand potatoes from Burley, ID-based Redi Foods. Packed in a tray with clear film lidding and sleeved in colorful paperboard, this modified-atmosphere package has a 21-day shelf life.
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In brief

New FDA Administrator Dr. Jane Henney is being urged by leading food industry groups to see that food issues are given sufficient attention. Issues needing resolution include irradiation, national uniformity in food regulations and labeling, regulation of functional foods, and other labeling reforms...Manufacturers of hearing aids seeking to add a claim for performance in noisy environments to the package labeling are no longer required by FDA, in most cases, to submit a new 510(k) premarket notification.
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More food safety

Recognizing an issue that resonates with the public, the Clinton Administration continues to give high priority to food safety. The Administation's FY2000 budget contains a 12% increase for food safety initiatives, with approximately $105 million more divided among U.S.
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Packaging for a creamy candy

Nabisco of Parsippany, NJ, recent-ly introduced Lifesavers Creme Savers®, which it calls "the first dairy-based hard candy from Lifesavers that blends real cream with classic flavors." Nabisco marketers wanted to make sure that graphics on the roll candy's overwrap had a "creamy," three-dimensional quality that would make the candy stand out on the package.
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Coder delivers healthy benefits for U.K. vet lab

Faster coding and clearer print on each label enable Veterinary Laboratories Agency to speed the supply of tuberculin to veterinary establishments throughout the United Kingdom.
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MAP pack for fresh red meat and sauce

The Tesco chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom is testing a new twist on fresh red meat in modified-atmosphere packs. It's a line of refrigerated "pan fry or grill" cuts, including pork, beef and lamb, that come with a complementary sauce.
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Size does matter for 72

A 72" clear polyvinyl chloride clamshell for Kirsch curtain rod and accessory sets may set the record for one of the longest such packages around. Spotted at the recent Pack Expo '98 show in Chicago at the booth of thermoformer Innovative Plastech (Batavia, IL), the pack debuted about a year ago in upscale department stores.
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Fruit smoothies take to aseptic packs

An established leader supplying aseptically packaged products for foodservice operators, Lyons-Magnus of Fresno, CA, has added a new item to its product mix: fruit smoothies.
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P&G detergents 'big' on convenience

In August, several varieties of liquid laundry detergents from Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) began appearing on store shelves in the biggest retail package yet.
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3Com adds thermoformed plastic tray to its 'network'

Computer communications gear maker 3Com replaces a variety of materials with a plastic thermoformed tray that protects shipments of its network adapter cards and cuts manual packing time by half.

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