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Case Studies

Flexible Packaging

Bags leaking and long lead times led No Pudge! Foods' Lindsay Frucci to switch from bags (below, far left) to a bag-in-box confi
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New pack helps No Pudge! Foods fatten sales

A paperboard carton that offers on-shelf differentiation and an inner plastic bag that doesn’t leak help No Pudge! Foods’ natural brownie mix sales soar.
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Tuna salad kit packs multiple components

In April, Chicken of the Sea Intl., San Diego, CA, launched a Tuna Salad Kit that contains premium no-drain tuna in a vacuum-packed foil pouch.
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U.S. Sugar zips into reclosable bags (sidebar)

Zipper application is outsourced
Dutch (left) and Don LaJeunesse hold a skin-packed pad of stainless-steel components in front of their company's new skin packag
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'Job shop' takes hands-on approach to skin packaging

Semi-automatic skin packaging machine improves protection of shipments of stainless-steel components and saves money.
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StarKist 3-oz pouch is a smaller 'hook'

StarKist Foods Div. of Pittsburgh-based Heinz North America hopes to hook consumers with a smaller, single-serve pouch of StarKist tuna. Introduced in April, the 3-oz Flavor Fresh Pouch is a line extension of the company’s 7.06-oz pouch introduced last fall. The new, smaller pouch is expected to be available nationally by August.
U.S. Sugar, and its private-label brown and powdered sugar customers enjoy competitive differentiation with reclosable packs (ab
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U.S. Sugar zips into reclosable bags

Private-label sugar producer converts nearly all its customers to zippered flexible bags of powdered and brown sugars. The switch helps to double sales.
Brick packs of a rice-based beverage, in production on the day of PW's visit, move through the automatic case packer.
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP

Two new aseptic lines are capable of filling either 500-mL or 1-L brick pack cartons. FIFO accumulation system and remote robotic palletizing also shine.
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Campbell's meal kit packs convenience

Spotted by Packaging World editors at FMI, Campbell’s Supper Bakes will rollout nationally in July with five packaging components. Each outer paperboard carton contains a 10¾-oz easy-open steel can of baking sauce, a high-density polyethylene/ethylene vinyl acetate-blend pouch of starch mix, and paper/plastic and foil/plastic-laminated tandem packets of seasoning and crumb toppings.
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Catering to convenience (sidebar)

Other winners
Among the packaged fresh produce marketed by Reichel Foods are carrots and, most recently, sliced apples.
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days

Reichel Foods has moved from nacho chips and dip to luncheon meat to PBJ ‘Snax’ to carrots to celery, all in thermoformed trays. Now comes sliced apples with a 36-day refrigerated shelf life.
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MAP for cooked ground beef

Inspired by bagged salad mixes, Farmland National Beef of Kansas City, MO, has launched three seasoned varieties of fully cooked ground beef in zippered bags with a 30-day refrigerated shelf life.
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology (sidebar)

More complex structures, too
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Heinz speeds oval container to market (sidebar)

Heinz ‘Pounces’ on resealable pouch
One of Calhoun's new vf/f/s lines automates packaging from roll stock to manual case packing. Some examples of Calhoun Bend Mill
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology

Beginning a decade ago, Calhoun Bend Mill started with simple packaging equipment, went through a rebuild upgrade and now has two new vf/f/s machines for bags of its food mixes.
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Heinz speeds oval container to market

Heinz Pet Snacks’ new Savory Bites dog snacks, packed in a tall oval container, epitomize the company’s new speed-to-market initiative.

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