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Matte finish creates newsprint look

While glossy film is the norm for snack foods, a fish & chips snack bag from Burton's Biscuits in England features an alluring matte finish that stands out in the snack aisle.
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On-line tech support manuals can be a convenient resource.
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Experimenting with Web-based tech support

Frustrated with flipping through a manual to solve a tech support problem?
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Michigan State plans Packaging Career Fair

The School of Packaging at Michigan State University, East Lansing, is holding its annual Career Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 24. This 10th annual event will bring together employers and students from 9 a.m.
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CMI develops educational kit

More than 15ꯠ teachers across the country requested and received "Aluminum Beverage Cans: The ABCs of Environmental Education," an innovative teachers' resource kit developed by the Can Manufacturers Institute and the North American Assn.
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Bennies celebrate labels

The Printing Industries of America (Alexandria, VA) recently named its Benny winners, which are the Best of Category winners in the 1997 Premier Print Awards, a prestigious worldwide graphic arts competition.
ThermaFreeze is packed in a flexible film material and then hydrated and frozen for use in keeping pharmaceutical products chill
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Pharmaceutical shipments chill out from within

Superior Pharmaceutical is among the first to use a powdered polymer within a flexible material to keep overnight shipments cool, but not frozen. The material yields cost advantages, as well as freight and space savings.
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Medical device labeling proposal assailed

The Health Industry Manufacturers Assn. (HIMA) doesn't support the draft guidance on medical device labeling developed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).
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Outsourcing benefits point to continuing trend (sidebar)

Sara Lee plans to market, not make
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Beef irradiation Ok'd

Prodded by a provision in the FDA modernization law, the FDA finally ruled in favor of allowing irradiation of red meat. As with other irradiated products, consumers will be able to identify irradiated meat by the international irradiation symbol and a written statement on the package.
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Mobile receives PE in bulk trucks

At press time, Edison, NJ-based Mobil Polymers was minimizing the impact of December's rail congestion by transporting more of its polyethylene resin via bulk trucks instead of railcars.
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Snack canister gets extended-text promo

Multiple coupons in a single booklet is what Reckitt & Colman wanted in a recently completed nationwide promotion for French's® Potato Sticks in spiralwound paperboard canisters.
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OTC drug uniformity

Provisions of the newly passed FDA modernization law guarantee one national system of regulation for OTC drugs, including labeling requirements. The law prohibits states from imposing different or additional requirements from those of FDA.
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New Year's promise: Further packaging advances

There's a better-than-even chance we'll see a surge in packaging advances this year. Packaging developers in a host of segments see the promise of their long labors bearing fruit in 1998.
Star Dental packages its products into blister cards and paperboard sleeves. All are given a bar code and lot/date code by the s
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A Star coding system

Dental tool maker Star Dental switches from manual label application to preprinting with a thermal-transfer system to comply with industry bar-code guidelines. Savings are the major benefit.
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Outsourcing benefits point to continuing trend

The outsourcing of packaging functions has been yielding benefits, Packaging World readers report. Cost savings and satisfaction are the upside, while only half of respondents report increases in plant efficiency.

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