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Art and packaging merge

A special art exhibition will be featured March 8-12 at Ipack-Ima 2000 in Milan. The original creations conceived by contemporary artists as cover art for ItaliaImballagio magazine from 1996 to 2000 will be on display in an exhibit called “ImmagineImballagio—art, design, history and technology.” To learn more about Ipack-Ima or the special art exhibition, phone the show sponsors at 011/39.2481.4325.65.
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Denying entry to unsafe food imports

Americans are consuming double the amount of imported foods than just seven years ago. While imports must meet the same food safety requirements as domestically produced foods, concern about the safety of imported foods increased after several outbreaks of foodborne illness were traced to imports in 1999.
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More time on ergonomics?

Business and industry are organizing to fight the proposed ergonomics standard published on Nov. 23, 1999, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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PW launches used equipment marketplace

Used equipment marketplace launches with over 2ꯠ packaging machines in inventory.
Seen in the foreground and background (below left) are unusual blending scale systems that deliver IQF vegetables (such as those
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Contract packager blends vf/f/s systems

Unusual integrated blending scale systems enable a California contract packager to fill as many as nine different individually quick-frozen vegetables into a single bag.
Along with products in #10 cans, fast-food outlets and sit-down restaurants can now order StarKist tuna in 2-lb, 11-oz retort po
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Retorted food pouches ready for market push

Knauss and Esskay introduce foods in retorted pouches without foil for retail. StarKist Seafood sells a foil-based pouch of tuna to foodservice accounts. Will others follow suit?
While Kellogg's Snack'Ums are aimed at kids age 8 to 12 (above), Dannon's new drinkable yogurt (left) is for the 3- to 8-year-ol
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Packaging for kids at Kellogg and Dannon

When these two food processing powerhouses used existing brands as launch pads for kid-oriented new products, they were highly selective about their choice of containers.
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FDA fires starter's gun on 'fast track'

Agency offers details of new 120-day approval program usable for most—but not all—food-contact substrate materials.
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FDA fires starter's gun on 'fast track' (sidebar)

Label ‘libel’ for biotech foods?
Brass bells are loaded 24-up on the skin-pack machine (above). The new, smaller skin pack (inset, right) frees up more shelf spa
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Amish packager takes hands-on approach

A new skin-pack machine provides an Amish manufacturer of brass curios with a smaller, cleaner-looking package that occupies less space on gift-shop shelves.
A robotic gripper places a case (above) onto a pallet at Marcal's Elmwood Park, NJ, facility. The facility employs two robotic p
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Palletizers lift Marcal's efficiency

Robotic and in-line palletizers automate what had been primarily a manual process at Marcal Paper Mills’ Elmwood Park, NJ, plant. A two-year system payback is anticipated.
In the shipping area at Sassy Baby (below), a worker loads packs into a shrink bundling system. When the order emerges from the
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Customers love new baby 'bundles'

Forced by customer complaints, a strapping system was replaced by a new shrink bundling system so repackager Sassy Baby Products could cut losses from damage and missing containers.
Freshly blown bottles are collated by this row-former and then swept to the left onto a matte-top conveyor. Bottles are held on
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Self-manufacture of bottles brings savings

In-house blow molding of 500-mL PET bottles is expanding in a big way at Aberfoyle Springs. Two blow-molding machines are in, and a third is on the way.
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Drumming up e-business

Making it easier for packagers to re-order packaging materials is an obvious way for suppliers and buyers to take advantage of the Internet. One supplier that’s doing just that is Myers Container (www.myerscontainer.com), a steel drum manufacturer.
Air Packaging Technologies
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Drumming up e-business (sidebar)

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