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PVC/PE with light absorber

When used in MAP packaging of fresh meat, fish, seafood and poultry, Green-Tek's (Edgerton, WI) Polyraz PVC/PE film with UV light absorber prevents UV light penetration, thereby reducing discoloration of red meat products.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Advantage vf/f/s system from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is made with stainless steel to meet USDA sanitary requirements for packaging poultry, red meat, seafood and similar products into retail or club- size packages.
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Void-fill maker

The CorruGuard(TM) Former is an innovative machine from Appleton Mfg. Div. (Neenah, WI) that converts waste corrugated material into patented forms of void-fill.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Prodo-Pak's (Garfield, NJ) Model RVF-16.5S is a vertical form/fill/ seal machine designed to produce four-side-sealed pouches in multiples of two to 12 across, at speeds to 1ꯠ pouches/min.
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Packagers challenged on logistics engineering

As a packaging professional, where do you go with Efficient Consumer Response?
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Patent infringement suit judgment expected soon

As Packaging World goes to press, a U.S. Federal District Court judge in Chicago had yet to make a final decision concerning the dollar amount awarded to Viskase (Bedford Park, IL).
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No-fluff package

O'Tec, Inc., one of the few producers of bagged cotton candy for the retail market, attributes much of its success to the high-barrier flexible bag it uses to protect the spun sugar from moisture.
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Skimming fat, not nutrients

FDA has issued new rules on milk labeling designed to eliminate consumer confusion about the fat content of milk and milk products. Until now, milk was not held to the same nutrition labeling standards as other products on the use of terms like "low fat." As a result, many consumers believed skim milk contained fewer nutrients than other types, and that 2% milk was low fat.
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Header labels applied automatically

Three years in the making, a machine that automatically applies header labels to pouches produced on vertical form/fill/seal machines is ready for the packaging marketplace.
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Plastic beer bottle could be big

Australian brewing giant Carlton United Breweries has high hopes for a barrier beer bottle made of plastic. In the meantime, it's launched a monolayer PET bottle that's causing quite a stir.

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