By holding a die-cut handle at the top and shaking the bag, users can dispense ice melting compound through a mesh bottom gusset
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Bags stretch advantages for packagers and end users

Among FPA's winning packages sold at retail are a flat-bottom flexible bag made on first-of-its-kind vf/f/s machinery, a club-store bag incorporating a transverse zipper for reclosability, and a patented shaker bag that handily dispenses ice melt.
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The redesigned bags of chopped and shelled walnuts (left) provide a stronger brand identity than did their predecessor (above).
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Mariani's sales go nuts following graphic redesign

Richer, more vibrant colors, traditional logo and product viewing window trigger strong sales gains for Mariani, a California nut grower and processor.
Olin?s four new injection-molded containers for pool chemicals include the 5-lb size (right) with molded hand-grip and product m
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Olin takes air out of pool chemicals display

A new line of interlocking modular square containers was designed to meet retailers' needs. Design features, some patented, make containers consumer-friendly as well.
Sealing jaws heat-seal the two side edges from the bottom up through the ultrasonically-sealed top zipper area before a cut-off
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition

Five new hf/f/s machines allow Heinz to switch from pillow packs to stand-up, resealable zipper pouches for its Pup-Peroni and Jerky Treats dog snacks.
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Pakex 98 shows future in European packaging

Birmingham, England, is the site for an extensive look at British packaging machinery and materials, March 30 to April 3.
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Bass is bullish on beer in plastic

Few brewers have gone as far as Bass in developing a plastic bottle for beer. Now Bass wonders when U.S. brewers will get on board to help drive bottle costs down.
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Jumex contour can crosses the border

Grupo Jumex, headquartered in Xalostoc, near Mexico City, Mexico, has been busy cranking out one shaped can variation after another (see story, p.
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Clarification

In the January '98 issue of Packaging World, p. 16, we mistakenly referred to Emplex Systems' MPS 6000 Series of continuous rotary band sealers as patented.
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Budget could boost packaging research

Reflecting his commitment to improve food safety, President Clinton's proposed 1999 budget contained increased funding for food safety initiatives.
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Pack Expo 98 selected for International Buyer program

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has selected Pack Expo 98 to participate in the International Buyer Program. This marks the fourth consecutive Pack Expo to participate in the program.
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Breakthrough in certification of compostables

In a memorandum of understanding with the Intl. Biodegradable Products Mfrs. Assn. (IBPMA) and the IBAW (a German interest group for degradables), the certification organizations AIB-Vincotte (Brussels) and DIN-Certco (Berlin) have agreed to harmonize their certification schemes for compostable products.
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Women in Packaging to visit China

Women in Packaging has been selected to assemble a delegation of packaging professionals to visit China beginning April 24, 1998. For more information, send a fax to 770/928-2338.
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World packaging conference

The World Packaging Organisation and the Assn. Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje are producing the first global conference on packaging and world food security this March 20 in conjunction with the WPO's annual WorldStar Awards presentation and celebration.
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PMMI to co-organize interpack 99 pavilion

At interpack 99, the North American Pavilion will be organized by Dusseldorf Trade Shows and co-organized by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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New USDA produce seal

USDA has initiated a voluntary pilot program under which fresh-cut produce plants can qualify to put USDA "Qualified Through Verification" seals on their packaging.

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