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Food Packaging

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UFOs land in holo cartons

Innovative Candy Concepts, Atlanta, GA, is taking candy packaging to a higher level with the introduction of UFOs.
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Recart takes an important step

Bonduelle, a large European marketer of canned, frozen, and fresh vegetables, plans a March 2003 launch of a variety of vegetables in the Recart™ retortable carton from Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL).
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A 'fishy' redesign

Van De Kamp’s decided to revamp the graphic design for the cartons containing its line of frozen seafood entrées. The company turned to Deutsch Design Works (San Francisco, CA) to help reposition the brand as a main meal for the entire family.
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Trayed entrées bring blessings

Mary Ellen’s Blessings At Home cartoned frozen meals literally make an inspired entry into the family-sized entrée category.
After folding two side flaps, an operator inserts the sensor product (above) between the package's corrugated and film material.
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Less time + less labor and materials = savings

Sensor maker Sensotec employs retention packaging that saves in labor and material costs, while delivering consistent protection.
Variable information printed on boxes (top) includes number of pieces in human-readable and bar-code format.
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Fruit-packing line learns to count

Hand-stamping of variable information has been replaced by automatic ink-jet printing. A machine vision system counts fruit pieces and relays totals for each box to the printer.
Operating using 4 axes, each robot picks a cordial from the conveyor and places it into the tray at an average rate of 1.5 cordi
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'Cordial' robots hit savings sweet spot

Twenty-four robotic arms place Queen Anne brand cordials at rate of 90/min/arm into six-count plastic trays.See in-plant video
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Fruit snacks in 'hearty' cups

New Choice Foods, Irwindale, CA, is marketing fruit snacks in heart-shaped cups thermoformed of polypropylene. Packaged in Taiwan, Squez’N’ Bites have been introduced to the United States in 10.5-oz bags that contain 10 cups and retail for $1.19.
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Marketing milk in aluminum cans

From now through early next year, consumers in selected Florida test markets will be able to purchase shelf-stable chocolate milk in a two-piece aluminum can.
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Bagged apple slices reach for the gold

Crunch Pak came through a winner at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The Wenatchee, WA, apple processor shipped 200ꯠ 2-oz bags of apple slices in sweet and tart varieties in February to Salt Lake City that were used by volunteers, staff, media, and athletes throughout all venues.
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Bagging output soars at Crunch Pak (sidebar)

Bagged apple slices reach for the gold
A bag conveys up a belted incline conveyor (top) into the digital printer's press where text, graphics, and bar code are printed
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Bag printing enriches JW Allen

Digital printer reduces inventories of preprinted bags and flexo plates at Rich Products’ JW Allen bakery mix facility in Wheeling, IL.
One of three baggers inside Crunch Pak's cold room packs a range of sizes including its most popular item, a 1-lb zippered 
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Bagging output soars at Crunch Pak

Low-profile vf/f/s units designed to reduce bruising pack up to 50 bags/min of different sizes that are sold to schools and stores.See in-plant video
New packaging materials at Clougherty Packing include barrier plastic trays and barrier lidding material heat sealed to tray fla
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MAP protects fresh pork

Barrier materials, MAP technology, and automation upgrades all combine to help Clougherty Packing extend shelf life and improve quality of ground pork and sausage.See in-plant video
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MAP protects fresh pork (sidebar)

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