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Several pack and sauce varieties have helped Burns? retail customers regain market share from fast food outlets
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Film pack launches sub sandwich in Canada

Printed film replaces a manually applied label for Burns Meats' EZee Sub sandwich meat packs, saving 50% in combined material and labor costs.
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Shaping technology injects market excitement in metal cans

Until a couple of years ago, American packagers using cans seemed satisfied with the straight sidewall profile and functionality of most metal cans. The cans were strong, easy to fill and seam, and offered a number of labeling, case packing and stacking options.
Solution in the far right jar, having the lowest concentration of PEN, turned darkest because more oxygen entered than the other
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New test for oxygen ingression

As one of the more active research centers concentrating on packaging applications for PEN, Guelph Food Technology Centre (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) has to be able to pinpoint the precise amount of oxygen that various foods will be exposed to in a given package.
At top, Boston Beer?s Samuel Adams brand notches the edge of its bottle label to indicate the ?best before? date on a 12-month p
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Brewers getting 'fresh'

BATF weighs brewers' petitions for freshness dating, and considers requiring brewers to disclose corporate names.
Shown at interpack 96, this half-liter returnable beer bottle was filled for test purposes by Mayr Brewery of Germany
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Testing the power of PEN

Tests of hot-filled jam in a jar and pasteurized beer in bottles are among the latest signs that PEN's packaging potential may soon be realized.
Scimed?s color thermal-transfer-printed label is virtually indistinguishable from its previous preprinted label, shown at right
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Thermal-transfer goes four-color process

Scimed Life Systems uses up its $250ꯠ preprinted label stock inventory in favor of on-demand high-quality four-color process thermal-transfer printing. Label stock changeover drops from 20 per shift to just over one.
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Bottles fuel use of recycled resin

Chevron incorporates recycled-content resin in its bottles for fuel additives, taking a proactive approach to potential legislative container requirements.
The bowl?s ?foot? not only enables the package to stand nicely in a refrigerated display, it also keeps the cheese or meat as cl
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Bowling them over in the produce aisle

The latest innovation from Tanimura & Antle is a line of single-serve fresh-cut salads packed in a thermoformed bowl. Refrigerated shelf life is two weeks.
A polypropylene jar and special closure of high-density polyethylene have replaced a glass jar and metal cap to contain hot-fil
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Salsa jar sealed 'first class'

Polypropylene replaces glass jar for hot-filled salsa served on Reno Air flights. Special linerless cap holds vacuum, yielding 90-day shelf life.
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Made in the USA?...well, maybe

FTC reconsiders its minimum standards for copy claim. The need for multiple packaging lines is a major issue with some packagers.
The rebuilt cartoner and a modified bottle loader (above) enabled Chattem to almost double its package output. The new PamprinÂ
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Preventive medicine for pharmaceutical producer

CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.
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Carton's hologram excites kids

To enter the children's market, African Pride Products introduced its hair creme relaxer in a paperboard carton decorated with a dazzling hologram.
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Chernin's uses labels of another color

Color on-demand labeling does not necessarily have to mean dedicated color printing hardware or costly color ribbon media. Chicago-based shoe retailer Chernin's Shoes has been producing color thermal labels since January with nothing more than a standard direct-thermal label printer.
As labels unwind from the roll, they pass through a perforation wheel, followed by a series of tensioning rollers that compensat
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Gatorade shrink label satisfies the need for speed

Roll-fed labeler combines adhesive and shrink application to provide the look of a shrink label, the tamper-evidence of a neck band, and the speed of a wraparound.

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