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Organic labeling

USDA is expected to issue a second draft of its organic labeling regulations by the end of the year. Bowing to pressure from the organics industry, the latest draft will include a stricter definition of what can be labeled organic.
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Retaining part-time help

Part-time and temporary workers could rise to 30% of America's workforce. Here's how management can help such hires produce.
New for the Jobe?s line of outdoor fertilizer spikes this year are stand-up plastic pouches (below) that resist water when dis
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Plastic packs let Jobe's grow outdoors

Easy Gardener introduces a stand-up pouch and overwrapped "cookie pack" for its outdoor plant, tree and garden fertilizers. Replacing paperboard cartons, the plastic packs withstand moisture in flourishing outdoor lawn-and-garden centers.
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Jar line is a royal flush (sidebar)

Shrink bander, jar labeler contribute to line speed, ease
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Honey shows off in clear PET (sidebar)

A bear of a bottle
Director of packaging technology Bruce Cohen of Glaxo Wellcome subscribes to the theory that when valued packaging talent leave
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Employee retention through TLC

Want to keep packaging professionals from seeking opportunities elsewhere? Demonstrate clearly how much you want them in your 'career tent.'
Plant technician Terry Boocks demonstrates the ink-jet coder?s pushbutton changeover (above) as he verifies the settings against
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Pennzoil buttons up coder problems

New small-character ink-jet coders provide one-button shutdown and start-up while cutting maintenance time by at least 50% compared to previous coders.
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Home meal replacements stay hot (sidebar)

Home-delivered HMRs
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Packaging keeps evolving...from able, to active, to anticipating

Are you evolved?
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Employee retention through TLC (sidebar)

On the trail of a Ph.D.
Promo Edge?s label construction uses a proprietary hot melt adhesive that requires consumers to cut into the label. The label?s
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A winning combination

A unique label construction for an on-pack game piece provides both security and low cost for the shaver division of BIC Corp.
Amodular mold insert system makes it possible to blow mold a variety of bottle sizes without paying high mold costs for each siz
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Honey shows off in clear PET

Burleson overcomes technical and cost hurdles to become one of the first honey marketers to use PET containers. Now in development is a PET jar for foodservice holding 5 lb of honey.
Kyle McMullen (above), president of Newhall Coffee Roasting Company, also serves as packaging engineer and machine operator for
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Small machine is big business for coffee roaster

A compact form/fill/seal machine makes a packaging engineer out of an entrepreneur and launches a whole new business in the process.
Stouffer Foods is launching ?Skillet Sensations,? frozen, stand-up, pouch-packed HMRs, which are expected to be in full nati
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Home meal replacements stay hot

With Americans still clamoring for convenience in the kitchen, food marketers find packaging that offers opportunities in the home meal replacement category.
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Retaining part-time help (sidebar)

Government forecasts 'cloudy' for packaging labor

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