UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Butler(TM) 3 vertical form/fill/seal machine that uses servo motors, an Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller 503 and a touch screen for production information and fault display.
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It must depend on who is asked. GMA claims that an "overwhelming majority of consumers" read food labels, and that 63% of consumers find the nutritional information on the label to be "easier to understand." However, a survey by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Prevention Magazine reported that most food shoppers are not familiar with the new nutrition label.
The Pack 500 from Klockner/Ho/oonsel Tevopharm (Sarasota, FL), a div. of Klockner Bartelt, is the company's first servo-driven version of automatic flowwrappers for confectionery and baked goods applications.
Swanson's Chicken Salad Lunch Kit from Campbell Soup Co., Camden, NJ, is the latest offering in a growing category that could be called "combo kits for on-the-go-eating." In this case the combination consists of a 3-oz flip-top can of Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken, Pepperidge Farm Hearty Wheat Crackers, a packet of mayonnaise, a spoon, and some seasonings all combined in a polyethylene terephthalate mixing cup with a snap-on lid.
Clear OPS tubs for baked goods from Wilkinson Mfg. (Ft. Calhoun, NE) use the patented DeltaPak(TM) TE closure for protection against pilferage. Overwrap or shrink bands can be eliminated and the tubs can be opened easily in a simple, one-step process.