This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
As the U.S.Department of Agriculture moves towards implementing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based inspection system, nearly three-quarters of existing regulations could be simplified or even eliminated, according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
USDA isn't the only agency embracing HACCP. At the Food &Drug Administration, mandatory HACCP regulations will be implemented over the next two years for seafood processors, the agency announced in December.
Ceimos C-3000 stretch wrapping machine from Polypack (Largo, FL) is designed for trays of fruit, vegetables, meat and poultry. It automatically wraps and seals trays of product in stretch film while advancing over a hot plate.
A new polyolefin shrink film from Cryovac (Duncan, SC) is designed specifically for hard-to-wrap soft items packaged in chipboard trays. D-940 reduces haze, adds sparkle and eliminates folds known as dog ears, fish eyes and crow's feet.