Case Studies

With its center support and double-wall corners, the H-bliss-style box (above) was perfect for Valvoline's offset-neck bottle (b
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Creative cooperation at Valvoline

By getting a little creative with its suppliers, the Valvoline Co. was able to overcome budgetary constraints that could have prevented a badly needed equipment upgrade.
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Snack pack is Trophy material

A zippered stand-up pouch and gorgeous graphics make Trophy Foods’ Delectables line of snacks irresistable.
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Coca-Cola endorses new mold-making technology

Soft drink bottler lauds new patented technology for manufacture of plastic molds, both for injection and blow molding.
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Drinkable yogurt in stand-up pouch

A 1.5-L stand-up pouch is now the package for a new drinkable Licaudo de yoghurt from Parmalat Uruguay, a unit of the Parma, Italy-based dairy.
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Packaging to reduce, reuse, and recycle

When this Nashville-based, electronic-device manufacturer began looking for different ways to protect its fragile switches and circuits, engineers chose a greener, more natural protective packaging design.
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Sargento wins FPA Member?s Choice Award

Sargento Cheese, Plymouth, WI, earned the Member’s Choice Award from the Flexible Packaging Assn., for its reclosure feature used for its Chef Style shredded mozzarella cheese pouch.
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New product takes on bold look

In January, Dover, DE-based Playtex Products released its first daily facial care moisturizer under its Banana Boat line of sun-protection products.
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Crushed kraft cushions case contents

Foam peanuts are on the way out at AtomicBox.Com, a logistics and fulfillment provider that warehouses, picks, packs, and ships products for manufacturers who choose to outsource such tasks.
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IronKids bags bread winners

Bags for IronKids Bread from Sara Lee Bakery, St. Louis, MO, unveiled a new look in January, sporting photos of five youngsters that replace illustrated characters.
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Hot cocoa mixes up a four-pack

Coco Caffe Gourmet Hot Cocoa beverage mixes from Cobblestone Kitchens, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, warmed up to store shelves last fall in a new 6.25-oz composite canister.
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Multiple styles, single solution (sidebar)

The disappearing guides trick
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Pall Mall displays lighters in striking box

Brown & Williamson, Louisville, KY, heightens smokers’ awareness of filtered Pall Mall cigarettes through a 60-count display box of lighters that mimics a “hard box,” complete with a flip-top lid.
Case packer (above) uses customized, interchangeable cassettes to handle a variety of container styles and sizes (left) via tool
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Multiple styles, single solution

A specialized case packer at Custom Building Products handles a range of styles from cylinders to ovals to F-style containers, in pints to 2 ½-gal sizes. See in-plant video
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Blue Ice mimics design

21st Century Spirits, City of Commerce, CA, felt the best way to link its 50-ml size of Blue Ice potato vodka to its striking 750-ml glass bottle was to duplicate the design. Like its parent glass version launched two months earlier, the 50-ml bottle uses a pressure-sensitive label that yields a no-label-look, and includes icicles molded into the back panel.
Tubs of salad are conveyed to the multipacker in three lanes (above) where a set of vacuum pick-up heads (left) facilitates prod
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Multipacking shines at Star Foods

Producer of refrigerated salads increases production speeds and reduces material and labor costs by employing an automated packaging system for its multipacks.
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Design: Mrs. Butterworth's new apron

The distinctive grandmother-shaped bottle ensures that Aurora Foods’ Mrs. Butterworth’s maple syrup remains a household name. But consumers weren’t associating the brand with other Mrs.

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