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Glue stabilizes Pepsi bottler's pallets

In January, Pepsi-Cola/Dr. Pepper franchise bottler Marion Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. began to lower its costs by employing a new pallet stabilization system from Nordson (Duluth, GA).
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Aseptic soymilk pack: first to be square

Hain Celestial Group introduced Westsoy Smart Plus soymilk in a square, 35-oz aseptic package that features a resealable, screw-top closure.
Southeast Canners uses the machine (above) to open a paperboard carrier, load 12-oz cans into it, then seal it shut.
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Pepsi co-op is first to employ 'Radar'

Southeast Canners improves efficiency on a can line with a newly developed computer hardware/software system that allows 24-hr/day access to production data via a secured Web site.
Workers remove packs of surgical gloves from the Tiromat Powerpak (top), a machine equipped with the patented Infrasync drive.
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Film fits like a glove

Custom drive on a thermoform/seal machine enables Allegiance Healthcare’s Rayong, Thailand, plant to switch from paper lidstock to thin-gauge plastic film for packs of disposable surgeon’s gloves. Costs are cut by hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
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Film fits like a glove (sidebar)

Local service, validation yield dividends
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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.
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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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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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Contoured bottle 'clearly' fits

In April, Clearly Canadian Beverage and Reebok Intl. unveiled Reebok Fitness Water in a compelling contoured bottle.
In two languages, the Kraft Canada Minute Rice box extols the new easy-open, easy-reclose feature that is an integral part of th
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Pour spout on rice box wins patent

A paperboard pack for Kraft Canada’s Minute Rice has a tear-open pour spout that’s been well received by consumers. The converter has just been awarded a U.S. patent on the technology.
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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 first of two stretch wrappers used by Spencer Press is this orbital machine that applies film around the top, bottom, and tw
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Six-sided wrapping speeds Spencer

Two new stretch wrappers that run in sequence on the same line greatly increase speed and output while eliminating labor costs to band pallets of mail-order catalogs printed by Spencer Press.
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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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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology (sidebar)

More complex structures, too
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Spalding's 'outrageous metal' box

XFL footballs from Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc., kick up a notch the on-shelf presence of pigskin packaging. The Chicopee, MA, sporting goods company introduced a seven-item line of XFL footballs in late ’00, ahead of the league’s February debut.
One of Calhoun's new vf/f/s lines automates packaging from roll stock to manual case packing. Some examples of Calhoun Bend Mill
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology

Beginning a decade ago, Calhoun Bend Mill started with simple packaging equipment, went through a rebuild upgrade and now has two new vf/f/s machines for bags of its food mixes.

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