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Materials Product Brief
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In-line laminating/packaging

Laminform® System, a turnkey integrated modified atmosphere packaging system from Redex (Schaumburg, IL) and James River (Milford OH), laminates barrier films with other substrates needed and then sends the lamination to a form/fill/seal machine that's in-line with laminating.
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Feature Article
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Beverage containers dominate DuPont awards

A flexible beverage container and a hot-filled, shelf-stable juice pouch stand out at the ninth annual DuPont awards competition. Environmental categories and international entries again prove distinctive.
News
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Crouton pack combines metallizing, 8-color flexo

A copper top isn't just for batteries any more. The shimmering copper effect on the top of Loblaw Brands' President's Choice Sourdough Croutons is created by laying down a transparent yellow ink atop a metallized polyester, says Loblaw director of packaging Brian Farb.
Controls Product Brief
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Bag-opening system

Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA) has developed an innovative bag opening system for use with its GT-4 Bagging System for bakery products.
Materials Product Brief
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MAP brochure

Praxair's (Danbury, CT) new brochure describes how the use of nitrogen in packaging is a safe way to extend shelf life and preserve the flavors, aroma and colors of a wide range of products.
Feature Article
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Soup cups go private label (sidebar)

Better bagging, too
Controls Product Brief
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Servo-driven vf/f/s machine

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.
Supplier News
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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet (sidebar)

Companies big and small
News
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How effective is nutrition labeling?

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.
Feature Article
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How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors for increasing prices

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