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Case Studies

Flexible Packaging

On the Excel bagger (bottom photo), American Innotek's portable toilet bags are packaged for its "industrial" clients. The SPrin
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'Sprinting' to automated efficiency

New bagging equipment makes it easy for this California manufacturer to package its disposable travel toilet for either industrial or retail channels.
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Amboy touts single-serve cheese

Amboy Specialty Foods’ Poucheze is a 3-oz shelf-stable pouch of pourable cheese that provides a foodservice alternative to single-serve cups, larger pouches or #10 cans.
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Fresh pasta maker romances long shelf life (sidebar)

Serving sauce for Sargento
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New double-bag system in Japan

An unusual double-bag system is being used for delivery of liquid for enteral nutrition in various Japanese hospitals. The system includes an aseptically filled inner Elopouch® bag, the kind often used for UHT milks.
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Pack gains Annie's approval

Annie’s® Homegrown Inc. in September introduced Microwavable Single Servings Mac & Cheese Meals in a “dual pouch” that holds organically grown macaroni in one pouch and powdered cheese sauce in a second, smaller pouch.
Romance Foods produces filled and unfilled cooked pasta and sauces (above). Packaged pasta goes through a microwave/convection p
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Fresh pasta maker romances long shelf life

Romance Foods pasteurizes its cooked, packaged pastas using a combination microwave/convection oven to achieve 75-day refrigerated shelf life.
A rigid primary package guards against breakage and moisture damage.
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Effervescent tablets go 'Airborne' in tubes

Knight-McDowell Labs’ quest for an alternative to foil packaging for its effervescent tablets led to a rigid, polypropylene injection-molded container.
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Kraft-y bottle wins accolades

Kraft Food Services, Glenview, IL, was honored in October with the Package of the Year award from the Atlanta-based Assn. of Dressings and Sauces. Kraft’s patented wide-mouth, high-density polyethylene 1-gal jug includes a handle featuring a thumbprint and finger-grip for easy gripping, along with a screw cap and a pouring-friendly design.
For its foodservice business, Mother Parker's sells bags of ground coffee under its own name as well as for brands it contract p
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Paired vf/f/s equipment 'brews' foodservice packs

By adding two vf/f/s machines, Mother Parker’s Tea & Coffee meets growing sales demand for small bags of ground coffee sold primarily to restaurants and hotels.
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Paired vf/f/s equipment 'brews' foodservice packs (sidebar)

New Texas plant turns to vf/f/s machines
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Sargento to debut in-line slider

In January, Sargento Foods, Plymouth, WI, will become the first user of the Hefty® Slide-Rite® reclosure system on a package produced on a form/fill/seal machine.
The vf/f/s machine discharges four filled and sealed packs at a time (above). The equipment heat-seals a strip of unprinted film
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield

Stonyfield Farm is so confident about the potential sales of its Yo Squeeze organic yogurt for kids that it’s purchased a second vf/f/s machine. Each machine produces 200 tubes/min, with an unusual ‘butt seal.’
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield (sidebar)

Cartoner delivers downstream
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High-slip film improves operations

It’s been nearly seven years since Fritz-Pak Corp. began using water-soluble film for its bags of powdered concrete retarder. Concrete truck operators toss the bags into the mixer to keep the concrete from setting too fast.
On the FBM 20 hf/f/s pouch machine, printed film is side-sealed (below left) as it indexes from left to right. In the "duplex" m
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Pouch machinery fills versatility needs

Hf/f/s pouch equipment reduces material waste and ups speed for California Redi-Date. The contract packager plans to employ a similar machine to add versatility.

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