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'Big mouth' plastic containers are shrinking

Those jars that are popular in club stores for bulk products are seeing reduced diameters and improved geometry to cut costs while also retaining stacking strength.
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DELICATE TOUCH. Two robots replace eight operators placing sausages into thermoforms with a gentle touch.
Feature Article

Robotics rallies in 2010; packagers automate for profit

After the past couple years’ serious sales slump, the industrial robotics industry is beginning to rebound, with food and consumer goods applications showing strong gains. Recent packaging installations testify to the value of automation.
FOLDING CARTONS. Small-character ink-jet printers deliver high-quality coding on folding cartons of Jelly Belly products.
Feature Article

Software links printers company-wide

Jelly Belly Candy Company has increased factory automation and reduced the costs of pre-printed packaging through good use of package-coding software.
Machine Product Brief

CombiScale Inc: Multiple weighers use one control panel

Mix frozen vegetables, fruits, candy, ingredients, and hardware into pouches or containers using CombiScale’s multiple Primo 360 weighers.

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Feature Article

Making chocolate candy faster

Adding a little automation to the mix makes a chocolate candy process machine happier while eliminating a very boring job.
Package Case Study

Biodegradable film for chocolate Melts

In the UK, Melts chocolate candies from Thorntons are wrapped in metallised, biodegradable NatureFlex™ NM film from Innovia.
90-day shelf life + sustainability gains = progress at Byrne Dairy
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90-day shelf life + sustainability gains = progress at Byrne Dairy

Byrne Dairy has a proven track record in ESL products. Now it’s using a new technology called ‘dry sterilization’ to get 90-day shelf life and get greener at the same time.

More signs of a gradual recovery

Impluse sales at convenience stores seem to be picking up--candy, snack and soda sales finally show improvement.


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