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Harry's launches branded-no-brands

Store-branded items in the supermarket continue to grab bigger and bigger chunks of market share once belonging to branded items. Harry's Fresh Foods of Portland, OR, has come up with a way of capitalizing on this ongoing trend.
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Biodegradable composite material wins prestigious award

Biodegradable foodservice packaging is coming to a restaurant near you. Or at least it's starting to look that way, as EarthShell Corp. (Santa Barbara, CA), in conjunction with manufacturing partner Sweetheart Cup Co., nears completion of a commercial plant for the manufacture of its biodegradable composite material.
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Can Oberto turn dried meats to salty snacks?

Oberto Sausage Co. is counting on new package graphics to get consumers thinking "salty snack" instead of "dried meat" when they encounter Oberto's dried jerky in the store.
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New England Extrusion 'blows' into WI

In March, Turners Falls, MA, film maker New England Extrusion opened a 34ꯠ sq' plant in Milton, WI. The plant includes two new extrusion/blown film manufacturing lines from Reifenho/oouser (Lawrence, MA).
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Frozen fish package is bait for consumers

Newport, KY-based StarKist Seafood, internationally known for its canned tuna, is entering a whole new category with its Seaside Gourmet(TM) premium-cut, frozen fish fillets.
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Neckhanger displays gum sample pack

Clearly Canadian and Warner-Lambert have teamed up in a joint sampling program to promote gum and sparkling water. Throughout the summer, three million 1-L polyethylene terephthalate bottles of Clearly Canadian's wild cherry-flavored sparkling water will have their necks adorned with a five-stick sample pack of cherry Trident gum from Morris Plains, NJ-based Warner-Lambert.
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Henney to head FDA

Dr. Jane E. Henney, vice president for health sciences at the University of New Mexico, has been nominated as the new commissioner of the FDA, succeeding her former boss Dr.
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Adhesives help Chelsea Milling stick to quality

Two hot melts and one cold-glue adhesive are instrumental in allowing this Michigan miller to package more than a million cartons every day. Bundling and tray packing have been upgraded, too, and ink-jet printing of corrugated shippers is a big improvement.
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Flexo savings are in the bag

Bake-Line Products lowers print and package development costs while shortening lead times by switching from gravure-printed pre-made bags to flexo-printed rollstock.
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Packagers predict future trends

Consolidation/globalization, the shift to flexibles and system speed/automation top a list of emerging trends cited by packagers, according to new PMMI research.
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Looking for a packaging edge? Explore technology's promises

If you're looking for an edge--and who isn't?--there's a wealth of emerging technology available today that can help: (1) improve the quality of your product; (2) heighten your packaging line productivity; (3) reduce your packaging costs; and (4) improve your product sales/profitability.
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Lakeport likes can filling flexibility

This Ontario brewer designed a can filling line that accepts sizes from 8 to 32 oz. Secondary packaging can be corrugated trays, paperboard or plastic ring carriers.
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Best of Brand Design honored

Sponsored by the newly renamed Brand Design Assn., the 1998 Gold Awards competition honored outstanding package design from around the world.
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Tiger thermoforms paper/plastic structure for cheese

Swiss company is believed first to use cellulose in a thermoform/fill/seal package for shelf-stable packs of cheese. The 20-g packs of cheese were introduced in the U.S. in June.
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Packaging suppliers in headlights of MACT truck

Packaging and printing operations may be significantly affected by EPA emissions limits on coatings and adhesives. Increased costs to control emissions could lead to higher prices.

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