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Shaped cans south of the border

"I have seen shaped cans from Europe and I have never seen anything like this." That's what Lawrence Boro, marketing manager for privately held Grupo Jumex, Xalostoc, near Mexico City, Mexico, says about the company's newest shaped steel three-piece can.
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An improved bag for Manzate Fungicide (top) increases  productivity by 25%. GardenTech Singles (above) were developed with custo
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Agricultural winners at FPA

Two innovative flexible packages merit an 'A' for Agricultural.
Because Bass?s plastic beer bottle (left) holds 330 cL, it compares favorably with the U.K.?s standard half-pint glass bottle (r
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Bass is bullish on beer in plastic (sidebar)

Dando at Nova-Pack '98
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Labeling uniformity

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) is crafting a message it plans to take to Capitol Hill renewing its call for uniform national food labeling standards.
The 14-head scale system1s (top) accuracy helps Basic American Foods reduce product giveaway. While bags (inset) are marketed fo
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Foodservice bag displays retail points

Basic American Foods launches a first-of-its-kind bag for dehydrated potatoes sold to foodservice markets. Pointillistic graphics attract customers while the bag reduces secondary packaging.
On its new cast (left) and blown lines, film maker Woodland Poly expects to produce 18 million lb of polyethylene-based stretch
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Woodland Poly casts for western film business

Cast and blown film-making equipment, using metallocene resins, enable Woodland Poly to produce rugged stretch-wrap film in thin gauges for its customers in the west.
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Widemouth cups will expand beverage packaging options

We've been looking at the newest generation of Ensure® nutritional supplement packaging and thinking that thermoformed or injection-molded cups<>in some advanced stage of development<>could be beer and carbonated beverage containers (CSDs) in the future.
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FSIS considers labeling reviews without industry representation

A food labeling trade group has expressed concern that industry representatives may be barred in the future from face-to-face meetings with federal regulators that review new labels for meat and poultry products.
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Valvoline valve adds elbow room

Valvoline's new line of SynPower® synthetic automotive chemicals includes two products that employ a unique new spray delivery system. The Lexington, KY-based company's Brake Parts Cleaner and Carb Choke & Throttle Body Cleaner are filled into aerosol cans and topped by a unique one-piece spray cap and tube that allows precise delivery into areas of a car difficult to access.
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New bottle, label for Mogen David

To broaden the appeal of Mogen David chillable red wines, San Francisco-based The Wine Group chose design firm SBG Enterprise (San Francisco, CA) to update the packaging with a more contemporary look without alienating the product's current loyal following.
3Commonality2 is one of the features of Coleman1s packages for both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Package size an
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Coleman's Sheltra packs for convenience

New clamshell packs for smoke and gas detectors went through many versions, but samples were available in time for the buying season. Now the consumer-oriented packs are filling the retail pipeline.
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A wide-mouth first in PET

Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition (sidebar)

Heinz weighs benefits of scale systems
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.
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.

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