Case Studies

Blue Diamond Growers' line operator Sharon Anderson (above) uses a mouse and keypad to load a message into one of five networked
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Blue Diamond networks coders

Networking multiple coders to a host PC saves time and provides flexibility for nut cooperative Blue Diamond Growers.
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Colorful front labels are applied to pouches by a tamp labeler (top). On the can-filling side, cans are positively captured on t
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Packaging technologies blossom at seed company

Filling of plant seeds into cans and pouches sold to commercial growers took a big step forward when Seminis built a new plant. Front-and-back labeling systems are standouts.
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New container helps Ocean Spray mix it up

Customized packaging now allows Ocean Spray to launch its preservative-free Original Fruit Mixers, the company’s first crack at the specialty drink-mixer market.
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Furman polishes up brightstock packing (sidebar)

Faster changeovers
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Pigmented bottle battles milk oxidation

A new FlavorTight™ bottle that adds a white color concentrate to high-density polyethylene helps prevent oxidation in Dean Foods’ Land O’Lakes-brand ½- and 1-gal sizes of milk. Introduced in August into seven Midwest states, the bottles are used for 14 total SKUs.
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Nestlé 'concentrates' on tea packaging

In May, Glendale, CA-based Nestlé USA introduced Nestea iced tea concentrate in a striking custom-molded bottle supplied by Continental Plastics Container (Elk Grove Village, IL). The bottle includes a measuring chart along the side that shows how much tea to use per quart of water.
Mead Johnson's Stuart Kipperman sits in the company's "war room," where all the company's product labels are displayed for the n
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'Enfa' now says Mead Johnson globally

Nearly 600 SKUs of baby nutritional products around the world are now carrying a new Enfa brand design for easy recognition.
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Bacardi moves to modernization (sidebar)

Uncaser, case packer like twins
Redesigned multi-packs (left) earned packagers the PAC Gold award for decorated corrugated fiberboard.
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Best Foods launches 'souperb' redesign

Redesigned pack for club stores saves on packaging materials while enhancing visual appeal. Lid-to-lid orientation plays a key role.
Bottles are removed from reshippers by a continuous-motion rotary-style uncaser (left).
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Bacardi moves to modernization

A revamp of Line One is just part of a plant-wide move to upgrade, automate, and modernize Bacardi’s Jacksonville, FL, plant. See in-plant video
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Sony in Japan, Swedish dairy introduce 'green' packs

Sony debuts computer discs in an overwrap made from biodegradable, compostable resin. Swedish dairy tries 2-L bottle for milk and juice made from a resin blended with calcium carbonate.
New printed shrink film unsupported bundles (left) offers the company new merchandising possibilities, while the tray overwrap s
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Single line pours out many SKUs with new options

One packaging line plus 10 different containers equals 60 SKUs, thanks to new end-of-the-line bundling and tray-pack equipment and film.
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Nestlé extends pasta's shelf life by 50%

A Nestlé USA facility in Danville, VA, is the first known commercial user of the OS1000 polymer-based oxygen-scavenging system from Cryovac (Duncan, SC).
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U.S. Sugar zips into reclosable bags (sidebar)

Zipper application is outsourced
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Coors carton 'on the rocks'

Just in time for the summer picnic season, Golden, CO-based Coors released its Coors Cooler Box, a disposable cooler carton with a patented barrier that holds ice and water.
A Blue Diamond technician makes a keypad adjustment to a new case coder (above). Each coder codes up to three lines of type on a
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Case coders sparkle at Blue Diamond

New equipment delivers three lines of type for bulk boxes of nuts. The case coders reduce labor costs, downtime, and ink loss associated with previous units.

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