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Case Studies

Flexible Packaging

Six-color, reverse flexo-printing on Merrick's stand-up pouches of dog food identifies the product variety and its benefits and
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Stand-up pouch earns Merrick's merit

Merrick Petfoods introduces dog food in a resealable stand-up pouch that’s marketed primarily in Europe.
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Gorgeous graphics are preprinted, but variable information is printed on-line by a thermal-transfer printer.
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Kauai brings coffee packing in-house

An auger filler mounted over a vf/f/s machine equipped with a thermal-transfer printer was all it took at Kauai Coffee Co. to bring coffee packaging in-house.
LDPE on the front panel makes attractive graphics possible, while the mesh on the back provides breathability that's crucial.
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Green beans get vf/f/s treatment

Pennsylvania produce marketer teams up with key suppliers to develop a customized vf/f/s solution for a complex film that incorporates an unusual mesh component.
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Bagger puts zip in radish packs

Radish grower moves from a semiautomatic bagging system using premade zipper bags to an automatic bagger with integrated transdirectional zipper system that automatically applies the zipper material across the film web.
In GBF's semi-automatic packaging line, boxes are set up automatically (right) then loaded with literature before the components
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Improved coding of medical kits

New ink-jet coder prints better while it saves money over previous coder for diagnostic test kits that need to be trackable.
In the foreground (below), a continuous band conveyor feeds cookies by diverters into the infeeds of two parallel wrappers. An o
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Jana's cookies fly high!

Although markets have been depressed, Jana’s Classics has automated the packaging of its cookies for airline desserts.
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Powdered chai goes flexible

Portland-based Oregon Chai release a new dry powdered chai tea latte mix in October 2001.
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B-I-B brings big benefits

A switch from 5-gal plastic pails to bag-in-box packaging has greatly reduced the number of failed packages.
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Apple sauce tubes rocket into new markets

Launched into California in mid-2001, Selah, WA-based Tree Top’s Fruit Rocketz distribution expanded earlier this year to include the Pacific Northwest and Texas.
Housed in an isolated area, the refurbished vf/f/s machine produces 2" x 2" packets containing a pad and antiseptic solution. Th
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Poucher evolves to meet Avail's needs

A six-up poucher at Avail Medical is upgraded with custom features and added controls to increase production utilization. See in-plant video
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Stand-up pouch for frozen veggies

A gussetted flat-bottom bag with a reclosable zipper feature is now being launched nationwide by Green Giant, a division of Minneapolis-based Pillsbury.
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Sargento wins FPA Member?s Choice Award

Sargento Cheese, Plymouth, WI, earned the Member’s Choice Award from the Flexible Packaging Assn., for its reclosure feature used for its Chef Style shredded mozzarella cheese pouch.
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Drinkable yogurt in stand-up pouch

A 1.5-L stand-up pouch is now the package for a new drinkable Licaudo de yoghurt from Parmalat Uruguay, a unit of the Parma, Italy-based dairy.
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Snack pack is Trophy material

A zippered stand-up pouch and gorgeous graphics make Trophy Foods’ Delectables line of snacks irresistable.
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Printing that's best in class

Two stand-up pouches, a shrink-sleeve label, and a retro coffee bag boast printing that wowed FPA judges.

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