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Food Packaging

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Self-venting entrées cook up convenience

Smithfield Packing Co., Smithfield, VA, lays claim as the first to offer microwavable entrées in a self-venting package. “There is absolutely no hassle with these entrées,” enthuses Mark Willes, vice president prepared foods/retail.
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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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Tube packs tap timely trend

Flexible tube packs match consumers’ requirements for on-the-go-anywhere eating for a new wave of portable foods.
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Tesco sells sushi the Japanese way

Solway Foods, Corby, England, the sushi processor and packager, developed an unusual three-dimensional thermoformed tray and lid.
Plant manager Doros Cleanthous holds filled bottles of milk, one of which is shown close-up.
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Monobloc 'cleans up' for Cyprus company

Cyprus-based beverage producer Lanitis Bros. Ltd. is first to use a monobloc bottle-blowing, -filling, and -capping system for fresh, pasteurized milk in PET.
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.
Sausage patties exit the freezer on a conveyor and flow into a pivot pan that feeds patties into a bulk-and-dribble scale (right
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North Side super-sizes packaging value

Higher throughput is in the bag, in this case a large foodservice bag that is automatically filled, sealed, and packed on three new packaging lines. See in-plant video
Sara Lee's mini-donut packing system uses an unusual continuous-motion rotary drum loader (seen at left and up close at far left
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Prototype wrapper's feeder suits Sara Lee

An automated mini-donut sorting and wrapping system improves efficiency at Sara Lee’s Paris, TX, bakery.
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Tyson revamps packaging design

Tyson Foods just announced a “world-class” packaging makeover to give its products a fresh, new look.
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Lunchmeats launch in reusable PP containers

The Hillshire Farm division of Sara Lee Foods, Cincinnati, OH, has selected GladWare® containers for its new Ultra-Thin Deli Select line of lunchmeats.
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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.
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Piping hot packaging

Packaging for Dragon Fire Gum from Amurol Confections Co. looks as hot as the product tastes. Designed in-house, the bright red steel tin delivers an upscale appearance.
Each of eight new vertical form/fill/seal machines like the one shown here can fill any of Golden Flake's potato chip varieties,
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Addition by subtraction

Golden Flake doubles speeds and reduces labor costs for potato chip packaging by replacing 21 outdated lines with eight new vf/f/s machines. See in-plant video
Shown is Superior's unique bottle shape in  1/2 -gal, 3-L, and 1-gal sizes.
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Superior likes caseless shipping

This Ohio dairy manufacturer is rewriting the rules that govern distribution in the dairy industry. Caseless shipping is key. See in-plant video
Electronic net-weigh fillers are long on sanitation and accuracy.
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Special equipment for a special concept

Custom blow molding, electronic net-weigh filling in a HEPA-filtered enclosure, robotic palletizing—it all helps Superior Dairy succeed with caseless shipping. See in-plant video

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