Plastic closure components, like those on this Prin two-part container from Merck, may require more back-up data from suppliers
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FDA guidance for closures opens can of worms

Pharmaceutical packagers will have to ride a much tighter herd on suppliers if draft guidance is issued. Additional extraction studies and food additive petitions may inflate packaging costs.
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Stand-up pouch stands out on the shelf

Canadian marketer of coffee, nuts and spices jumps ahead of the competition by installing a versatile pouching system for nuts and coffees. Private-label packaging beckons.
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McCormick Place becomes food 'store'

The Worldwide Food Expo '97 combines the efforts of U.S. dairy, meat and food processing associations at McCormick Place in Chicago. Attracted also by technical seminars and other meetings, nearly 35ꯠ are expected October 30 to November 2.
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FDA guidance for closures opens can of worms (sidebar)

Sour grapes on wine labels?
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Pleasing consumers with unexpected packaging

Around our way, a Coca-Cola vending machine at the Cleveland Zoo recently surprised my wife and me by delivering a 20-oz contour PET bottle after forcefully pulling a dollar bill out of our hands.
Seven-color gravure printing and designer graphics give the Decas pouch an upscale look
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Decas does cranberries elegantly

Early tests showed real promise, so Decas Cranberry forged ahead with a stand-up, zippered pouch. Gravure-printed graphics in seven colors project premium quality image.
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Label spells it all out

A new product launch by Alberto Culver receives a major boost from an elaborate booklet/label applied to the back of the container. Now available nationwide in food, drug and mass merchandisers, the Cortexx line of two shampoos and two conditioners contain a special gelatin that can help prevent hair loss by preventing split ends.
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Flexible package cans aroma

This French coffee producer is the first to use a unique "flexible can" produced by an integrated grinding/packaging system that allows immediate filling and keeps aromas in.
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Bright future for PET?

At a July 3 shareholders' meeting of Schmalbach-Lubecha AG (Ratingen, Germany) in Dsseldorf, CEO Hanno C. Fiedler observed that the improved barrier properties of PET packaging will make PET ever more popular as the material for containers of mineral water and other sensitive food products such as fruit juices and baby food.
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Biotech food labeling

Biotechnologically derived foods should be allowed to be marketed as "organic" when appropriate and should not be subject to unnecessary and misleading labeling requirements.
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Food excluded from chemical labeling regs

Finished food products with trace food additives or pesticides should not be included in a globally harmonized system for chemical hazard classification and labeling.
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Cosmetics labeling at issue in FDA reform

After months of painstaking bipartisan negotiations, legislation to reform the Food and Drug Administration is poised for consideration in both the House and Senate.
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Techni-Cal achievement

For years Canadian pet food manufacturer Martin Pet Foods has relied on pinch-bottom bags for its 7- and 15-kg (15.4- and 33-lb) sizes of "super premium" pet food.
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Birds Eye tries fresh, not frozen

Birds Eye fresh vegetables?
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Rare cook-in pack for frozen raw fish

One of the showstoppers at this year's annual Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago was the booth of Carnival Brand-Seafood Co. The Overland Park, KS, firm displayed a wide variety of frozen fish packaged in convenient cook-in bags that let consumers microwave frozen fish and serve it in about five minutes.

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