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Food Packaging

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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New machine 'maps' out sandwich packs

Manufacturer relies on modified atmosphere packaging for its line of convenience store sandwiches.
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
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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Dial dispenses foamy hand wash

This month, Dial Corp.’s new Dial Complete Foaming Hand Wash will be available nationwide at retail. The antibacterial liquid formulation combines with a multi-component pump to dispense as a foam.
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Costco bags gravure honors

A bag holding 4 lb of four-cheese ravioli was the Best of Show winner in the recent packaging competition sponsored by the Packaging & Label Gravure Assn.
A 10-bucket combination scale feeds a steady supply of sweetened dried cranberries to each waiting case (inset).
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Bulk-packed Craisins pick up the pace

As demand for its sweetened dried cranberries in 10- and 25-lb boxes continued to increase, Ocean Spray responded with a brand new bag-in-box line.
On the Excel bagger (bottom photo), American Innotek's portable toilet bags are packaged for its "industrial" clients. The SPrin
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'Sprinting' to automated efficiency

New bagging equipment makes it easy for this California manufacturer to package its disposable travel toilet for either industrial or retail channels.
The converting machine (left) produces air-filled cushions a maximum width of 8", with length varying from 3" to 20". Omron Heal
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Air cushions salve Omron's shipping wounds

Medical supply distributor switches from loose-fill “peanuts” to an air-cushioned void fill to satisfy customers and cut space requirements.
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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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