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Inks save dough for tortilla maker

Switching inks and interfering with a preset ink handling system caused headaches aplenty at this tortilla manufacturer. Now operations are back to normal.
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Equipment brews benefits for Anheuser-Busch

From depalletizing to shipping, nearly identical packaging equipment on two new lines boosts efficiency at the brewer's Houston, TX, plant.
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
Early next year, AlfaPet plans to promote its small-animal food offerings in a specially treated carton that repels insects. The
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Treated cartons drive insects buggy

AlfaPet recently became the first to use a carton treated with a special coating that repels insects.
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Miller's plastic beer bottle solves first of three marketplace puzzles

Those of us who thought Anheuser-Busch would be the first American brewer to market beer in plastic bottles at retail were surprised when, in early November, A-B turned out to be no more than a very interested observer as Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, commercially introduced three beers in unique, five-layer, oxygen-scavenging plastic bottles from Owens-Illinois' Continental PET Technologies, Inc.
Black-suited bodyguards (left) are a highly visible component in Karlsberg?s efforts to promote its 12;2-L plastic bottle. Poin
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Brewers pouring into plastic

Brewers around the world have been on the fence about plastic bottles. Suddenly they're commercializing a variety of plastic barrier structures.
The Ernest & Julio brand takes an hourglass shape in two sizes (right). For Gossamer Bay (below left) only the 1.5-L bottle has
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Gallo gets shapely

Two new bottle shapes from Ernest & Julio Gallo of Modesto, CA, are shaking things up in the retail wine rack. The brands involved are Gossamer Bay and Ernest & Julio Gallo.
Variable information is printed as needed by the thermal-transfer printer (above). Charlap?s uses one size label for quarts and
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Ice cream maker melts label inventory

Nutrition labeling requirements threatened to throw a real wrench in the works at one family-owned dairy. Thermal-transfer printing on-site was the answer.
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A beer for all seasons

What would the changing seasons be without packaging that reflects and celebrates the change?
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Coke promotion shifts into high gear

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. is revving up for the NASCAR auto racing season with a series of nine commemorative 8-oz glass bottles. Eight of the bottles feature heat-transfer decorating bearing the face of the Coca-Cola Family drivers.
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Cellulose film is a star

Candy maker Bonbons Napoleon NV has started packaging its sweets in UCB Films' (Smynra, GA) Star-Twist(TM) 315 XC.
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Big Mac to move to new pack

McDonald's reportedly will be packing its Big Mac® sandwiches early next year in a compostable hinged-lid container. Made of limestone, potato starch, water and fibers, the containers are designed to decompose and dissolve in water.
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P&G tests snacks in stand-up, resealable pouches

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble has begun test-marketing Eagle-brand snack foods in stand-up pouches with zipper reclosures. The test, which began in August, is only in Portland, ME.
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Palm Beach style for every consumer

Lake Success, NY-based Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons, makers of AriZona beverages, is introducing a new malt liquor product called Palm Beach. The two cocktail-style drink flavors, Margarita and Cosmopolitan, are in frosted-glass, flask-style bottles.
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Proposed dietary supplement regs draw fire

Bombarded by more than 100ꯠ comments and a request from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), the Food and Drug Administration extended the comment period and will further review its proposed labeling regulations for dietary supplements.

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