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Capri Sun launches 'bottle can'

In February, Tarrytown, NY-based Kraft Foods Beverages Division introduced Capri Sun Island Refreshers in a 16.5-oz aluminum “bottle can.”
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Private-label frozen fish fillets in stand-up pouches (right) were designed for Pathmark's newer upright freezer cases (above) w
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Seafood stands tall for Pathmark

Packaging for private-label frozen seafood responds to consumer need for convenience and appeal.
Lance's actual display pallet (right) has often gained premium store position at club stores.
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Effective packaging for club stores (sidebar)

Lance repacks for floor display
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Creating a competitive design

When Northfield, MN-based Malt-O-Meal Co. decided to position its line of ready-to-eat value cereals as a direct competitor of national boxed brands, they enlisted Mackey Szar (Minneapolis, MN) to redesign the cereal line’s packaging to reflect this new strategy.
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Flavorful design

Dwight Oglesby needed a package design that would grab as much attention as the flavor of his grandfather’s West Texas barbecue sauce.
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Sauce pouches fly into cartons

“It started out as a limited promotion, but now we see it as a tremendous opportunity to expand sampling to our other sauces.”
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Skin-packing for fish

Better appearance and increased throughput are the chief benefits gained by Golden Valley, MN-based Morey’s Seafood since the installation of an R270 vacuum skin packaging system from Multivac (Kansas City, MO).
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If at first you don't succeed...

Lamp manufacturer settles on protective packaging that significantly reduces breakage rates, as well as unnecessary costs.
With this many multipack and carton formats having to run on one line, versatility was as important a component in the overall o
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Swiss chocolates meet high-speed automation

New materials and new equipment are helping this Swiss chocolate manufacturer send a better product to market while keeping labor costs in check.
A new vf/f/s machine helps Janes Family Foods double production at its North York, Ontario, Canada, plant. It's used for fills f
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Vf/f/s, scales speed Janes' progress

New vf/f/s equipment and scale double production, eliminating overtime costs. Machinery also accommodates larger fills and reduces product giveaway at Janes Family Foods.See in-plant video
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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).
Leonard Cole (above left), North York plant manager, and Nick Boragina, Concord plant manager, display cartons of IQF product at
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See Janes run

New folding-carton erecting and sealing equipment improves efficiency and lowers labor and material costs for two Janes Family Foods plants in Canada.See in-plant video
The cases are tilted for two-up loading (above) to keep the cartons forward so that a vertical divider can be inserted by the ro
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Robots sweeten case packing efficiency

On two lines, Gray & Co. uses a robotic case loader positioned between an automatic case former and an automatic sealer to pack cartons into cases at rates up to 90 cartons/min.See in-plant video
The new vf/f/s systems at ConAgra Foods can produce either pillow-style packs or four-corner-sealed stand-up bags like these.
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New bagger's a boon to ConAgra

New four-corner-sealed vf/f/s bagger with transverse zipper technology offers dependability as well as materials savings for major international food manufacturer.
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Vial delivers eye-opening ingenuity

Arthur Lifshey, a senior fellow engineer with Merck & Co., Whitehouse Station, NJ, is the inventive mind behind the patented Ocumeter® Plus, a high-density polyethylene vial for ophthalmic products.

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