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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
Molds open (top) to reveal the injection-molded PET preforms, which are subsequently conditioned and stretch/blow molded into fi
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Single-stage molding propels Premier Plastics

Custom blowmolder on West Coast adds an injection/stretch blow-molding machine to tap the bottled water market. Health For Life Brands of Arizona is first user of Premier's 500mL bottle.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors for increasing prices
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Nutrition facts printer

Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) has introduced the N5000 Nutrition Facts Printer for use in the meat, poultry and dairy industries as well as by contract and medical device packagers.
Grandad?s Real;Bacon;Rinds package uses a fused susceptor system, in which microwave susceptors burn out when they reach a cer
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Pork rinds pop up in new market

Microwave susceptor technology creates a new market for two pork rind producers, as family-owned Grandad's and food exporter Alamilla and Associates try their hands at microwavable pork rinds.
Cartons and back labels for several Colgate-Palmolive products contain environmental claims. The end panel for Colgate's Baking
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FTC considers changes to environmental guidelines

Packagers differ about whether to make label guidelines more specific or not. Changes in the SPI resin code language are still uncertain.
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Deli meat data

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has introduced a data sheet on its Case-Ready packaging system for fresh deli meats and cheeses. The system includes Cryovac's BDF® film and gas-flushed tray, as well as Ageless® oxygen absor-bers.
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Permeation instruments

Modern Controls (Minneapolis, MN) has announced the Mocon® Aromatron Series of instruments designed to measure the permeability, solubility, diffusivity and precise transmission rate of organic vapors through films and packages.
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Campbell joins the combo crowd

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.

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