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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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Pouch replaces Hawaiian Punch box

An unusual, shaped stand-up pouch is now bringing kids the taste of Hawaiian Punch in seven southeast states. Hawaiian Punch is a brand of Cadbury Schweppes plc, packed for Mott’s, Stamford, CT.
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Delivering for dairy

Oberweis Dairy’s investment in new filling, capping, labeling, conveying, bottle-packing, and shrink-wrapping machinery begins to pay off with the introduction of single-serve milks.
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P&G unwraps bioplastic for commercialization

Cincinnati,OH-based Procter & Gamble has licensed PHBH (poly 3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate), a biodegradable polymer, to plastics manufacturer Kaneka Corp., Osaka, Japan.
The 8'-long crown molding is in an open-faced corrugated box when it enters the shrink wrapper.
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Side-sealed and delivered

A manufacturer of crown molding invests in a horizontal shrink wrapper that delivers better protective packaging and tamper evidence.
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Abita tests pasteurizable beer in PET

Abita Brewery next year plans to commercialize beer in a one-way multilayer plastic bottle that’s pasteurizable. Until now, the plastic bottles typically used for beer didn’t have sufficient thermal resistance to withstand pasteurization, so brewers choosing to use plastic have had to rely on some form of cold filtering or flash pasteurization. But the availability of this new tunnel-pasteurizable bottle could make one-way plastic beer bottles a viable option for a lot more brewers. Abita Brewery, based in Abita Springs, LA, is a regional craft brewer.
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'Tis the season for apple gum pack

Just in time for the fall season is Amurol Confections’ Caramel Apple Bubble Gum, packaged in a reusable apple-shaped polypropylene cup and a removable acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene lid. A polyvinyl chloride heat-shrink label conforms to the shape of the container, delivering graphics via a modified flexo press.
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Energy drink rockets to retail

In September, Ferolito Vultaggio & Sons, Lake Success, NY, “launched” its AriZona Rx Extreme Energy Shot drink in a package that resembles a rocket. The drink uses an 8-oz aluminum can topped with a polypropylene cap that doubles as a “shot cup.” According to Ferolito Vultaggio & Sons, creators of the AriZona Beverage brand, the “shot cup” provides an industry-first sanitary cap.
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Culligan brightens cartons and saves

Culligan Intl. Co., Northbrook, IL, is one of the first end users of a new laminated 36-pt solid fiber board substrate used for folding cartons for retail water filters. Forte™ from Westvaco’s Packaging Resources Group (Stamford, CT) comprises 6-pt SBS–which provides a high-quality printing surface–laminated to 30-pt Kraftpak®, an uncoated SUS.
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PET bottles unite Union's flavored vodka line

In July, Chicago-based Union Beverage Co. introduced a line of six flavored 80-proof vodkas in polyethylene terephthalate bottles. The new line also represents Union’s first use of plastic. Previously, Union used only glass bottles.
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Premium wine packaging

To help make its wine appear more distinctive and specialized, Chaddsford Winery turned to Saxco Canada Co. (Port Credit, Ontario, Canada) to find the bottle to meet its design needs. The idea for the design of a container for the Dessert Riesling wine, which was hatched in-house, included the use of a tall, thin 375-mL antique blue bottle.
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Canny cosmetics

In a market where impulse purchases rule, Markwins Intl., has raised the visibility of its cosmetics through unique packaging. The City of Industry, CA-based company’s “glam in a can™” cosmetics that were introduced at select mass merchandisers nationwide in August are packaged in transparent 1-gal paint cans.
Some see probiotic products like this one from Dannon as another logical candidate for cold aseptic filling into plastic contain
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Plastic bottles move toward aseptics (sidebar)

What about probiotics?
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New line boasts new sterilizing technology (sidebar)

Barrier version, too
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Delivering for dairy (sidebar)

Custom bottle helps launch Oberweis Dairy into single-serve milks
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Coke 'endorses' new mold-making technology

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, GA, has endorsed new technology for making tooling for injection and blow-molding equipment. The process is patented by Metallamics (Traverse City, MI) and improves the cycle times of, in this case, molding of preforms and plastic soft drink bottles.

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