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Food Packaging

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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.
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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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The clear choice in jerky packaging

Phoenix-based Sun Valley Natural Products released its Jerqué line of gourmet beef and turkey jerky in October. The antibiotic-free, hormone-free meat product is packaged in a clear film pouch from Lithografix, a subsidiary of Lithotype (South San Francisco, CA), and is decorated with an award-winning label designed by Estudio Ray (Phoenix, AZ).
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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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Listerine strips made portable, universal

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Morris Plains, NJ, introduced in the United States in October ‘01 Cool Mint Listerine PocketPaks™ of tiny hinged plastic “vials.” The vials (see sidebar) contain stamp-sized oral care strips that dissolve instantly on the tongue where they kill germs on contact. A carded blister serves as the secondary package.
The twin-head scale system, shown up close (above) and from a distance (left) has helped reduce giveaway of bulk in-shell nuts b
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Scale system shines at Diamond

A twin-head, triple-pan scale system at Diamond of California’s Robertsdale, AL, plant reduces giveaway, lessens labor costs, and saves on forklift rental costs.
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Cadbury package scores a slam dunk

Adding to its Mr. Big™ candy bar’s already larger than life image, Toronto-based Cadbury Trebor Allan recently added National Basketball Assn. player Vince Carter to the Mr. Big label for a special promotion.
At Thorntons, the X-ray inspection system checks lidded boxes for contaminants and, through a software upgrade, chocolates that
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X-ray vision checks inside chocolates boxes

Thorntons in the U.K. uses X-ray scanning equipment to inspect foil-wrapped and boxed chocolates. Software upgrade detects missing chocolates.
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Club stores spawn salmon multipacks

Marketers for San Diego-based Bumble Bee Seafoods heard the call of club stores and consumers alike, requesting a more flashy multipack of its canned salmon. Bumble Bee responded last summer with a colorful film sleeve from Ultrapak (Dunkirk, NY) for two- and four-pack varieties.
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Can labeling improves logistics

In Vejle, Denmark, where a company called Tulip operates Northern Europe’s largest meat packing plant, preprinted round cans are giving way to round cans that are decorated in-line via roll-fed labelers.
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ESL moves Marigold into multiple markets

In September, Minneapolis-based Marigold Foods introduced five flavored milk varieties in high-density polyethylene bottles. Ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing yields a 65-day shelf life. The 12-oz Kemps®-brand varieties sell in refrigerated dairy cases of supermarkets, as well as in school vending machines.
New filling equipment has helped Yofarm improve accuracy and consistency in filling toppings for its YoCrunch line of yogurt.
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Yogurt producer fills craving for higher throughput

Yofarm reduces waste dramatically with a new auger filler that achieves consistent volume control of yogurt toppings.

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