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IronKids bags bread winners

Bags for IronKids Bread from Sara Lee Bakery, St. Louis, MO, unveiled a new look in January, sporting photos of five youngsters that replace illustrated characters.
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Crushed kraft cushions case contents

Foam peanuts are on the way out at AtomicBox.Com, a logistics and fulfillment provider that warehouses, picks, packs, and ships products for manufacturers who choose to outsource such tasks.
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Frito-Lay bottles snacks ?to go?

While flexible packages have dominated grocers’ snack food aisles in recent years, two major snack producers have introduced new products in rigid containers in the past few months.
Tubs of salad are conveyed to the multipacker in three lanes (above) where a set of vacuum pick-up heads (left) facilitates prod
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Multipacking shines at Star Foods

Producer of refrigerated salads increases production speeds and reduces material and labor costs by employing an automated packaging system for its multipacks.
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Design: Baking kits display holiday spirit

Betty Crocker cooked up a timely product for the recent season: Holiday baking kits in four varieties. The kits from Minneapolis, MN-based General Mills are packaged in creative and colorful boxes with precision die cuts.
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Redesigned syrup container

Jefferson, TX-based Blackburn Syrup challenged TricorBraun’s (St. Louis, MO) design group to redesign its 24-oz clarified polypropylene syrup bottle. The extrusion-blown bottle is created from a six-cavity mold designed by TricorBraun.
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Swanson spins out pop-top lid

Packaging World editors spotted an easy-open pop-top lid on Campbell’s Swanson-brand 14-oz beef and chicken broth cans in Chicago-area supermarkets.
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Shapely canisters treat cookies, dog food

Distinctive tapered canisters with rounded corners are creating differentiation for products in two separate categories, and in two different countries. In the United States, Dayton, OH-based Iams Company in November began to use the Linearpak® container for its new Eukanuba Healthy Extras Biscuits.
The upstream unit of the two-labeler setup is applying the label (above) to the top of the multipack of canned fruit or vegetabl
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Instant changeover with Del Monte's labeling duo

A pair of interconnected applicators yields automatic label roll changes using labels printed offline just-in-time. See in-plant video
A finished bottle with aluminum overcap and pressure-sensitive label is shown above.
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'Scaling up' on vaccine filling

Now the world’s fourth largest supplier of poultry vaccines, Lohmann Animal Health maintains its ranking through capital investment. See in-plant video
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P&G's new angle on tortilla chips

Procter & Gamble has unveiled another intriguing new plastic package. Just months ago, the Cincinnati-based company began test-marketing 0.81 oz of Pringles in a single-serve cup injection-molded of polypropylene (see PW, Oct. ’01, p. 2, or packworld.com/go/pringlepak). This time it’s Torengos Tortilla Chips in an 8 ½’’ tall white triangular container with 2 ¾’’ sides.
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Bacardi says 'O yes!' to unique label

As Bacardi introduces its new orange-flavored rum, a unique label helps maintain brand continuity while offering product distinction.
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Stretching the limits of aseptic packaging

Low-acid dairy products aseptically packaged in plastic bottles are common in Europe. Will Morningstar bring such technology to the U.S? See in-plant video
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Design: Play-Doh's reformed look

In the spring of 2001, Hasbro released to the market a new look for one of its most established brands. The redesign for Play-Doh carried out by Marketing by Design (Beverly, MA) had three simple goals: reinforce the Play-Doh identity, establish Play-Doh as the brand that offers the best selection of vibrant colors, and provide a model of what kids can create with the colored dough.
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Marks & Spencer 'bites' on lined container

In October, renowned U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer launched QuickBite foods in an “insulated” package that keeps food hot without burning consumer hands as they eat the food directly from the container.

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