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Salmon bits sprinkled or spooned

Look out, bacon bits, here comes a challenger: Alaskabits(TM) smoked salmon bits. Deemed the Grand Prize winner in an annual contest promoting nontraditional uses of Alaska salmon, the dried, smoked bits of premium filet are said to be a more healthful alternative to pork toppings because they're higher in protein and lower in cholesterol and animal fats.
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Kellogg fights microwave abuse

It was madness in the microwave that led Battle Creek, MI-based Kellogg Co. to alter the film structure for vend packs of its Pop-Tarts® toaster pastries.
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Premium package for bagel chips

Long known as a marketer of frozen bakery products, Chicago-based Sara Lee Bakery has expanded into a number of new nonfrozen categories. In its current test of a new bagel chip product, it's relying on some powerful packaging to provide protection and sharp graphics.
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EPA funding in doubt

For good or bad, EPA's ability to continue to develop new regulations is threatened by the budget stalemate in Congress, which had not been resolved at press time.
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Redefining food labels

The product inside may be more healthful or taste as good, but a package bearing a name like "meat product" or "peanut butter substitute" isn't likely to be as accepted as "bologna" or plain "peanut butter." As the food industry continues to develop new variations of old staples that are more in keeping with the public's desire for more nutritious and convenient foods, the U.S.
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P&G suit spawns countersuit

Last September, Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble took the unusual step of advertising in newspapers across the country to warn consumers away from counterfeit long-neck bottles of its flagship Head & Shoulders shampoo because the firm alleged the containers held fake product.
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Reg reform redux

Although regulatory reform efforts stalled in the Senate last year, enough bipartisan support exists to fuel another attempt. New draft legislation being readied reportedly contains the popular risk assessment and cost/benefit analysis requirements, both of which would be examined by independent peer review panels.
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Aseptics get a screw cap

In the sunny South Pacific, consumers of Punaauia, Tahiti-based Pacific Beverage Co.'s juices, nectars and alcoholic drinks--all packed in 1-L aseptic bricks--are now enjoying the convenience of a screw cap reclosure.
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California plastics law too rigid?

California's rigid plastic packaging container law, which establishes rates and dates for recycling and source reduction requirements in rigid plastic containers used in food and beverage packaging, takes effect on January 1, 1997.
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Norwegian dairy improves shelf life of gabletop for creamer

Unlike their counterparts in the U.S., many European consumers are no strangers to shelf-stable coffee creamers in aseptic bricks, even though that style of package lacks some of the user-friendliness and pouring ease of the gabletop carton.
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Corrugated handling affects bottom line

Heaven Hill's improved packaging efficiency comes not only from upgraded labelers, fillers, and other equipment. Corrugated cases also contribute, from both a receiving and shipping standpoint.
Along with counterfeit manuals (top row), Microsoft CD-ROM packaging has also been subject to fakes. The second row shows all c
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Countering counterfeiters

Congress wants to toughen criminal and civil penalties against product and package counterfeiting. Today, infrequent prosecutions and soft sentences drive the debate.
4 Easy-open and reclosable 3-lb pouch handles Kaytee?s high-fat ferret food
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Flexible packaging advances reap rewards

This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
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Barking up the wrong trademark

Should a company be able to call its dog biscuits DOGIVA and package them like Godiva chocolates?
The new production line for Avitene includes this filler that precisely meters one gram of the product into a polycarbonate cup.
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Flexible pack cuts waste, improves performance

MedChem's surgical hemostat is switched from rigid packaging to a flexible chevron-seal pouch that's much easier to use. The reduction in packaging helped it win FPA's Green Globe environmental award.

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