In this photo, the central feed wheel (right) has just been loaded with 36 cans, and the pickup head (left) is ready to load aga
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Pepsi caps its cans

In response to consumer concerns about hygiene, Pepsi-Italy has begun thermoforming HIPS overcaps onto single-serve cans of its soft drinks.
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Kit Kat Bites are packaged in this 12-oz stand-up pouch on two lines that were moved to Hershey's Hazleton, PA, plant.
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Kit Kat Bites the 'Junkyard Dog'

To promote the best use of company equipment, Hershey Foods annually recognizes the team that saves the most money. Two packaging lines for Kit Kat Bites won for 2000.
The "time and effort to both rebuild and maintain old machinery usually exceeds the savings" gained from buying rebuilt vs new e
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Used equipment buyers offer 'suggestions'

Packaging machine buyers sound off about buying used or rebuilt packaging machines. Many say the process needs to resemble how they buy new equipment.
On the Excel bagger (bottom photo), American Innotek's portable toilet bags are packaged for its "industrial" clients. The SPrin
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'Sprinting' to automated efficiency

New bagging equipment makes it easy for this California manufacturer to package its disposable travel toilet for either industrial or retail channels.
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Sporty pouch a U.S. first

Wanting to make a splash in the sports drink category, Hydrade Beverage is introducing a 500-mL stand-up pouch with a PET/foil/PET/PE structure.
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Pac-Ex 2001 set to roll

This biennial north-of-the-border packaging show, built on a successful formula, offers some new features for the new millennium.
The converting machine (left) produces air-filled cushions a maximum width of 8", with length varying from 3" to 20". Omron Heal
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Air cushions salve Omron's shipping wounds

Medical supply distributor switches from loose-fill “peanuts” to an air-cushioned void fill to satisfy customers and cut space requirements.
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A different kind of portal

While e-marketplaces, hubs, exchanges and portals cling to dear life now that funding sources have dried up, we’ve seen the quiet emergence of another type of so-called portal: Call it the “information portal.”
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A different kind of portal (sidebar)

Capsule reviews
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'Gray' workers add black to Bonne Bell's bottom line

As this observer continues to move ever closer to “senior” status (already a veteran of several years with AARP), a talk with Jess Bell, vice chairman of Bonne Bell, Cleveland, OH, helps to energize both body and spirit.
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SoBe goes plastic for sport drinks

“With this package, we’re marrying functionality of the package with sports nutrition in the product,” says Bill Meissner, director of brand development for South Beach Beverage, Norwalk, CT.
The box is converted from an 80-ga holographic biaxially oriented polypropylene/12-pt SBS substrate.
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Spalding pumps up b-ball packaging

Packaging for the new “Spalding NBA Infusion” basketball with built-in “Micro Pump” has a lot on the ball. Not only does the box use holography, a thermoform inside the top of the box highlights and protects the pump in its extended state.
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Dynamic growth for O2 scavengers

Average annual growth of oxygen scavenger packaging products in the United States is forecast at a stunning 215% between now and 2003. That’s according to George O. Schroeder Associates (Appleton, WI), international consultants in flexible and rigid plastic food packaging.
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Peaches and lemons pop on this label

Bold, colorful images on a full-body heat-shrink label are helping Essentia Water’s Aquess turn heads. A newly launched beverage containing water-soluble fibers, Essentia comes in a 500-mL (16.9 oz) bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate.

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