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New products, new looks for Korbel brandies

After more than 100 years, Korbel adds two new brandies and redesigns all labels to be more competitive in its category.
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The system shown here includes a robotic positioner that picks a bundle of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cut
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Machinery brings the future to Latrobe

The front end of this glass line for 12-oz Rolling Rock beer is practically an operator-free zone. Laser-guided vehicles replenish packaging materials on demand. See in-plant video
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New products, new looks for Korbel brandies (sidebar)

Going for the gold, gold, gold
A special indexing feature in the desiccant feeder ensures that one desiccant canister is inserted into each passing bottle, inc
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Co-packer kicks production up a notch

A canister-style desiccant helps a pharmaceutical contract packer protect delicate product from moisture. Newly installed desiccant feeders boost production, enabling the company to package millions of units/month.
One of two horizontal form/fill/seal pouch machines produces the Wyler's Soup Starter packs.
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Pouch with pocket wins for Wyler's

New barrier materials and machine modifications permit unique ‘pouch within a pouch’ as Wyler’s switches from canister to flexible packaging.
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A better handling bag (sidebar)

Goo Gone gets a grip
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Campbell Soup to flip its lids

In late July, Camden, NJ-based Campbell Soup Co.’s board of directors announced that it approved a series of investment initiatives to revitalize its brands.
The bag's ergonomic handle (above) is produced on hf/f/s equipment (left) by a relocated and reoriented applicator (top).
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A better handling bag

Performance Seed’s 10- and 20-lb bags of bird food have added an ergonomically designed handle in the bag corner to improve carrying and pouring. The patent-pending feature is heat sealed and die cut on customized hf/f/s equipment.
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P&G tests Pringles portion pack

Procter & Gamble is test marketing Smart Stacks, a 0.81-oz portion pack of its Pringles-brand potato crisps, in a thermoformed polypropylene cup whose bottom is shaped like the curvy snack.
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Pulp-packed wine bottles please customers

When Viansa Winery of Sonoma, CA, switched recently from expanded polystyrene to molded pulp packaging for the wines it ships via parcel service, the move was driven largely by environmental concerns.
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Welch's opts for multilayer PP, easy-spread cap

Like other juice marketers, Welch’s has typically relied on heat-set polyethylene terephthalate when converting from glass to plastic. But the firm changed that pattern when it came time to design a plastic alternative to its 10-oz single-serve glass containers. This time, the Concord, MA-based firm opted for a translucent polypropylene bottle rather than clear PET.
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Furman polishes up brightstock packing (sidebar)

Faster changeovers
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Coke canner rolls out 'fridge-friendly' pack

In a radical departure from the long-standing 4x3-can-configured 12-pack, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Charlotte, NC, last month began to ship a new 6x2-configured 12-pack. Called the Fridge Pack™, the new shape paperboard pack is ideal for refrigerator shelves and replaces the 4x3-can 12-pack for the company.
A new tray stacker is part of Furman's $3.5 million renovation made to three packaging lines. The system stacks five trays in tw
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Furman polishes up brightstock packing

Furman Foods increases output with a new depalletizer, tray packer, tray stacker, film wrapper, and shrink tunnel. Conveyors assist flow control to keep things running smoothly. See in-plant video
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Tuna salad kit packs multiple components

In April, Chicken of the Sea Intl., San Diego, CA, launched a Tuna Salad Kit that contains premium no-drain tuna in a vacuum-packed foil pouch.
Statcorp's new packaging system (above) requires just one operator and the new bagger/printer combo.
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Printer/bagger lets Statcorp pack 'stat'

Maker of blood-pressure cuffs adds an imprinting bagger to cut labor and label costs, while productivity soars.

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