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From gabletop to plastic

Both Nestlé USA and Hershey Foods used the Food Marketing Institute 2001 show as a platform to promote plastic containers that replace gabletop cartons.
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Marinade bottle delivers

Liquid marinades in 15 shelf-stable flavors from Excalibur Seasoning Co. Ltd., Pekin, IL, were repackaged earlier this year from an 86-oz bottle with pump dispenser to a 64-oz high-density polyethylene “Tip-N-Pour” container.
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Packets add spice to pork packs

Farmland Foods, Inc., Kansas City, MO, introduced case-ready Extra Tender Fresh Pork in random-weight vacuum packs earlier this year. Each pack contains a ½-oz seasoning packet to promote a custom, do-it-yourself approach to seasoning.
Dean Foods' newly introduced Marie's Pourables is a line of PET-bottled fresh salad dressings sold in the refrigerated case. The
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Dean Foods pours into extended shelf life

Dean Foods’ National Refrigerated Products Group employs extended shelf life technologies to market new products. New Marie’s Pourables and NesQuik demonstrate this strategy.
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Heinz speeds oval container to market

Heinz Pet Snacks’ new Savory Bites dog snacks, packed in a tall oval container, epitomize the company’s new speed-to-market initiative.
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Downtime shrinks with new wrappers

When Georgia-Pacific needed to speed up wrapping rates for its 9” Dixie paper plates, management picked servo-driven, side-seal shrink wrappers that maintain high speed and tight registration.
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Wine labels reflect high quality

The Robert Mondavi Winery, maker of premium Chilean wines Caliterra and Arboleda, wants its customers to know they are drinking a quality wine—even before they uncork the bottle.
The personnel involved in the expansion were (inset, L to R) Sargento's Jay Nolte, distribution center manager; Jim Gillman, fir
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Wrapper stretches Sargento output

Sargento supplements a well-liked workhorse stretch wrapper with a system that’s 30% faster and also saves on film.
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Holographics provide sweet rewards

Whether it’s winning accolades from consumers or from two of Canada’s prestigious National Packaging Competition awards, the packaging for Cadbury Crunchie and Crispy Crunch candy bars keeps shining.
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New machine 'maps' out sandwich packs

Manufacturer relies on modified atmosphere packaging for its line of convenience store sandwiches.
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MAP for cooked ground beef

Inspired by bagged salad mixes, Farmland National Beef of Kansas City, MO, has launched three seasoned varieties of fully cooked ground beef in zippered bags with a 30-day refrigerated shelf life.
Robotic pick-and-place tool (top) loads eight trays at a time into carrier plates that deliver the trays to the evacuation/backf
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Robotics to the rescue
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PET carafe shakes up NFC juice category

This month, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid Co. will launch Simply Orange not-from-concentrate (NFC) premium juice in a distinctive 1.75-L carafe made of polyethylene terephthalate.
Among the packaged fresh produce marketed by Reichel Foods are carrots and, most recently, sliced apples.
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days

Reichel Foods has moved from nacho chips and dip to luncheon meat to PBJ ‘Snax’ to carrots to celery, all in thermoformed trays. Now comes sliced apples with a 36-day refrigerated shelf life.

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