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OMAC Group to meet at Pack Expo

The OMAC Motion for Packaging Working Group will meet at Pack Expo Intl. 2000 in Chicago on Nov. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For details, phone the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute at 703/243-8555.
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ANSI/PMMI safety standard released

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has announced that the revised and updated American National Standard Institute/PMMI B155.1, American National Standard for Packaging Machinery and Packaging-Related Converting Machinery, Safety Requirements for Construction, Care and Use, is now available.
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Rules for GM foods

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) along with other food groups filed formal petitions with the Food Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to establish clear guidelines for the voluntary use of genetically modified designations such as “GM-free,” “Non-GM,” and others on product labels or in advertising.
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UVA risk questioned

Sunscreen labels give little indication of the amount of protection from harmful UVA rays.
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Meat nutrition labels

Plugging a hole in the government’s mandatory nutrition labeling, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture announced it would seek such labeling on all fresh meat and poultry.
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Tasteful redesign

As Haagen-Dazs® prepared to launch Dulce de Leche Low-fat Frozen Yogurt and Mango Ice Cream, marketers there decided that the packages for the new products needed to be a little jazzier than packages used for the company’s flagship brand.
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Soft drink crystals

Kraft Foods, Glenview, IL, has developed a new powdered soft drink called Health Quenchers. With additional ingredients meant to enhance a healthful lifestyle, Health Quenchers drink crystals hit retail shelves in April in a package designed by Lipson Alport Glass & Associates, (Northbrook, IL).
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Just "kidding" around

Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) opened up its doors last month to a few young and promising package designers. The international design consultancy welcomed 20 three- to five-year-old students from James E.
Motoman, Inc. (Dayton, OH) opened a full-service, 10,000 sq' regional facility in Charlotte, NC for sales service, application e
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Relocations, expansions

Sterling Packaging (Pittsburgh, PA) signed an order confirming its plan of reorganization. Plan includes the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment and SAP software.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Pakrite Inc. (Cleveland, OH) will join the Steel Service Center Institute DealRoom™, which is produced by e-commerce firm eWinWin (Hopewell, NJ).
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International agreements

Convenience Food Systems (Bakel, the Netherlands) has acquired Dixie Union (Kempten, Germany).
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Appointments, promotions

Alvey Systems, Inc. (St. Louis, MO): Douglas M. Westerman, dir., Central Region; Bruce Bleikamp, account mgr., Major Account Development; Steven Cohron, account mgr., Major Account Development; Hank Kirk, account mgr., Major Account Development.
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Keeping up with the competition

Icco Cheese Co. of Orangeburg, NY, makes grated cheese for sale under its Old World brand, and it also packs the Ronzoni and San Georgio brands for New World Pasta of Harrisburg, PA.
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Irradiated burgers welcomed

Introduced just in time for the grilling season, frozen hamburger patties from Huisken Meats, Chandler, MN, are a hit in the Upper Midwest.
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Hologram enhances Schick FxDiamond™ shaver

When the Schick/Wilkinson Sword Div. released the Schick FxDiamond™, a shaver with a diamond coating on the blades, it turned to Fisher Design (Cincinnati, OH) to create a package that’s as distinctive and “dazzling” as the product.

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