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Case Studies

Beverage Packaging

A short distance downstream from a new ink-jet date coder (inset), cans are collated and pushed into either an RSC or a tray; sh
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Coffee roaster sees packaging as a key to growth

F. Gaviña & Sons has plans to bust out of its California backyard and take on the competition nationwide.See in-plant video
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Promo bottles check in with special decoration

Labatt Breweries of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, expects hockey fans will go "Cup Crazy" for an "Original Six" promotion launched April 1 to coincide with the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The yellow "Smart Bottle" is conveyed on bottling lines to measure vibration and impact from the bottle's perspective.
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'Smart' glass bottle handling makes an impact

Wireless inspection system monitors Swedish bottling lines to help reduce breakage by determining handling abnormalities.
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NACD's Best of Show winner clears clogs

While the late Bernard Seid spent much of his professional life in Cleveland, the award bearing his name is taking up more than temporary residence in the Cincinnati area.
Front and back paper labels are applied at speeds to 220 1-gal bottles/min.
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Mott's creates downstream flexibility

On Mott’s new bottling line, aseptically filled PET bottles of juice product in four sizes can be automatically conveyed through a number of tray- or case-packing options.
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Graphics add flavor

New vibrant packaging for Madera, CA-based Almaden Vineyards’ new Red and White Sangria flavors was designed by Tucker Design (Adelaide, Australia).
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Award-winning design

Nantze Springs won the International Bottled Water Assn.’s Aqua Award for the Best Package Design in the medium company category for its 8.5-oz water bottle design.
Inside the net-weight filling chamber, bottles move from a rotary infeed to the 72-nozzle rotary filler, where the standard devi
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Mott's takes a new tack in aseptic juice

A $26 million bottling line in Aspers, PA, represents Mott’s first aseptic filling of PET bottles without the need for clean-room conditions.
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Shaped aluminum bottle energizes Snapple's Elements

Aluminum containers continue to boost the energy drink category. Elements Beverage division of the Snapple Beverage Group, White Plains, NY, is using marketing alchemy to switch bottles of its Elements energy drinks from glass to aluminum.
From a tote resin pellets are vacuumed to an overhead level and then down to as many as three hot-melt units located as far as 1
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Start spreading the glues

Miller Brewing efficiently delivers hot-melt glue pellets to multiple glue-dispensing units thanks to an overhead air conveying system.
As wine bottles emerge from the heat tunnel that shrinks the capsule around the bottle neck, a vertical conveyor belt rotates th
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Sometimes low tech is tech enough

To salvage existing equipment, winery finds unique solution to capsule wrinkles—by turning a conveyor on end.
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Single-handed convenience

One-handed dispensing of coffee creamer is coming to dairy cases across the country as Morningstar Foods, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Dean Foods Co., begins shipping its International Delight brand in PET containers with a custom dispensing closure.
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Candy and coffee team up

If Seattle-based Starbucks is synonymous with fine coffee, Brown & Haley, Tacoma, WA, has a similar cachet with its Almond Roca candy. Beginning this year, the two organizations are teaming up as B&H produces Mocha Roca Coffee Buttercrunch in distinctive packaging for exclusive sale at Starbucks outlets.
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Sunsweet gets grip on market

Prune juice was one of the few juice products that had not been repackaged to take advantage of new technologies.
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Ice cream packaging redesign

To help breathe new life into its ice cream packaging, Cumberland Farms enlisted Sheaff Dorman Purins (Boston, MA). Working with Cumberland Farms’ marketing and manufacturing departments, Sheaff designers conducted competitive research and explored a variety of approaches to develop new flavors, a new structure, and a new look for the packaging.

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