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AquaPenn's 8-oz PET breaks the size barrier

AquaPenn Spring Water Co. has what it believes is the smallest polyethylene terephthalate bottle for a nonalcoholic beverage in the country. Holding just 8 oz of spring water, the Quick Quench bottle was launched in mid-January, targeted primarily at foodservice institutions.
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Ciba slashes costs with flexible pack

Ciba Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC, reduced its packaging costs by more than half after switching to a custom 25-lb premade bag for its granular ant bait product used by farmers.
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Sara Lee puts its brand on take-home foods

Look out Boston Market!
Operating right on the deck of the ship in some of the most punishing conditions possible, this vacuum packaging system cranks o
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Value-added packaging goes to sea

Seattle fish processor vacuum packs salmon right on board its two ships for sale to Japanese markets. Now there's no need to thaw and refreeze, so quality is improved.
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The Web: still searching for relevancy

For many packaging professionals, today's Internet experience is both irritating and irrelevant. In our view, that's because packagers have been deluded into wasting time searching for data that's not there rather than focusing on finding what is likely to be "enWebbed." Packagers who log on to the Web to find a piece of market data, for instance, "how much aluminum foil was sold in the U.S.
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No uniformity in changeover demands

Almost any way you measure packaging line changeover, the answers from Packaging World readers vary widely. The major agreement is that more changes are being demanded-and less time is available for doing them. However, the strategies for hastening change
As many as six upstream packaging lines can feed into the rotary tower stretch wrapping machine. Electrical heating strips on al
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A well 'thawed-out' solution

J&J Snacks needed to automate pallet wrapping in its freezer warehouse. But only a specially insulated wrapper could function at temperatures as low as
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FDA allows first food-specific health claim

Setting an important precedent, Chicago-based Quaker Oats is the first company to apply for and receive permission from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to make food-specific health claims on its packages.
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
2:This sterilizable medical film is 50% thinner than comparable materials used for packages of intravenous drugs.
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Medical/surgical packs make a strong FPA showing

Among medical industry packages to win FPA awards this year was a thermoformed pouch that won the Green Globe Award for environmental achievement.
The illustration (above) depicts where the security label might be applied by a manufacturer. A close-up of the label (left) sho
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Retailers find security in source tagging

National drug retailer Walgreen Co. is one major chain that is experiencing significant cost savings through the use of security labels added to packages. Manufacturers are feeling increased pressure to supply product pre-labeled.
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No uniformity in changeover demands (sidebar)

Changeover not critical to some
In measuring impregnated film samples for antioxidant migration, vitamin E (known as ATP, incorporated into Film I) remained in
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Not just for breakfast anymore

Films created with additive vitamin E offer protection at least equal to that of BHT-impregnated films, according to a Michigan State University study.
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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
Samples of the Marineland and Aquatech branded bags depict the products in action, reproduced in four-color process printing.
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Aquaria's new 'bait' catches more customers

New graphics on new bags packed in a new way have dramatically improved the look of aquarium filter packs. The appearance catches on with more retailers, too.

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