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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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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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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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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.
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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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.
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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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WPO lauds 'Dream Steam'

The “best-of-show” President’s Award in the WorldStar 2000 packaging competition, sponsored by the World Packaging Organisation, went to a concept known as “Dream Steam.” Developed by flexible film converter Wipf AG (Volketswil, Switzerland) and food R&D company Creative New Food (Eglisau, Switzerland), Dream Steam is a three-component package that makes it possible to combine fresh vegetables and a fresh protein—meat, fish, or poultry—in one cook-in container.
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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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days (sidebar)

Robotics to the rescue
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Diners find film packs ideal for every meal course

From soups and salads to poultry, foods of all types become winners at the market—and in the 2000 Flexible Packaging Assn. competition.
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Diners find film packs ideal for every meal course (sidebar)

Produce packs win two
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Technical prowess, flexible style

Two improved package materials, one for cup lidding, one for microwave wrapping, secured Technical Innovation awards in the Flexible Packaging Assn. competition. Printing and Environmental Achievement awards also went to new technologies.
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Peaches and lemons pop on this label

Bold, colorful images on a full-body heat-shrink label are helping Essentia Water’s Aquess turn heads. A newly launched beverage containing water-soluble fibers, Essentia comes in a 500-mL (16.9 oz) bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate.
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Home-style design

A move from the restaurant table to the grocery freezer prompted Boston Market Homestyle Frozen entrée maker Heinz Frozen Food to contact Lipson Alport Glass & Associates (Cincinnati, OH) to design a carton that reinforces home-style ambiance, quality ingredients, and strong appetite appeal.
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Pillsbury: No tear strip waffling

Catering to consumer convenience, Minneapolis-based Pillsbury introduced early this year a new, resealable package for its Hungry Jack Frozen Waffles. The 10-, 16-, and 24-count packs use a resealable tape made from a 3.2-mil polypropylene substrate coated with an FDA-compliant, pressure-sensitive freezer-grade adhesive that resists moisture and is suitable for the freezer.

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