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Hormel is first with salsa in PET

A 64-oz club-store-size container for Chi Chi's brand salsa is made of monolayer PET and can be filled at temperatures near 200°F. Special bottom enables container to withstand internal vacuum.
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Cereal promo's a healthy wrap

In May, Kraft Foods, Inc., Tarrytown, NY, shrink wrapped a free booklet, “Balance Your Life,” from Prevention® Magazine to over one million cereal boxes.
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E-commerce packaging conference Sept. 26-27

Michigan State University is capitalizing on the success of its June conference with another Packaging for e-commerce direct-to-consumers program scheduled September 26 and 27 in East Lansing, MI.
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Colgate 2in1 gets hip with a flip

With the debut this month of Colgate-Palmolive Co.’s Colgate® 2in1 Toothpaste and Mouthwash, consumers can obtain the benefits of both products in one portable, stand-up container.
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Packs sport Olympic mascots

In the spirit of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Melbourne, Australia-based Bonlac Foods introduced bags of portion-packed processed cheddar cheese sporting Aussie characters Syd, Millie and Olly playing Olympic sports.
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Senate nixes OSHA's ergonomic efforts

The Senate followed the House’s lead in using its appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services to ban the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) from using any of its funding for its proposed ergonomic standard.
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A family resemblance

Joseph C. Gregory, president of Hope Diamond Collection and great-grandson of Evelyn Walsh McLean, the last private owner of the Hope Diamond, has designed a fragrance inspired by his great-grandmother’s fabled possession.
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Creating a visual voice

When exuberant motivational speaker Zig Ziglar introduced Zinera, a new line of upscale nutrition supplements, he wanted packaging that echoed the energy, integrity and inspiration that is Zig Ziglar.
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Packaging to a Samba beat: Pack Expo Brasil 2000

The first-ever Pack Expo Brasil 2000 in São Paulo combines a major packaging expo and an industrial technology show with other events like the Brazilian Packaging Congress.
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Irradiated foods--not in New Jersey!

The food industry may finally have won its long battle to win approval of irradiation as a potent food safety process, but it didn't cut any ice in New Jersey.
The case erector in the foreground and the basket-carrier erector beside it both feed into a third machine that stuffs carriers
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Portland nixes reshippers

Portland Brewing cuts costs and gains flexibility by moving away from reshippers and into bulk glass. It now forms its own six-pack carriers and corrugated shippers.
At Pitney Bowes' Danbury, CT, plant, plastic corrugated totes are kept by workstations (above) where workers use them to pack in
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Pitney Bowes totes reusable plastic containers

Corrugated plastic containers replace corrugated paperboard boxes for postage meter and mailing machine parts. Despite greater upfront costs, the new ‘totes’ save Pitney Bowes money by making hundreds of round trips.
With OR-OSHA and Boyd personnel looking on, erected cases march toward the compact case packer (above). Meanwhile, bags convey f
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Government funds casing upgrade at Boyd Coffee

With R&D funding from Oregon’s OSHA, Boyd Coffee develops a custom case packer that addresses repetitive motion injuries attributable to manual packing. Machine also reduces giveaway.
Cooperation between Boyd's (manager Jerry Vawter at left) and OR-OSHA (represented by Mike Lulay) improved worker safety.
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Government funds casing upgrade at Boyd Coffee (sidebar)

Ergonomics: Oregon’s hands-on, proactive approach
The molded foam end cap's living hinges allow it to store flat. During packaging, a line worker simply pulls up on the flaps, le
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Foam, glorious foam!

Molded foam end caps with a living hinge improve protection, increase warehouse space and reduce shipping costs for Hughes, a telecommunications satellite equipment manufacturer.

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