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PC Materials uses vacuum chamber coating equipment in its low-temperature plasma coating process. Here the substrate is visible
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Will silica coatings become more affordable?

From a relatively inexpensive liquid source, PC Materials extracts silica and chemically bonds it to the surface of polyester to create clear, high-barrier films.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.
Ener-G Foods is phasing out the package on the far left, produced from rollstock on a thermoform/seal machine, in favor of the
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Ener-G goes glass

Silica-coated polyester in a three-layer pre-made bag gives Ener-G Foods the 12-month shelf life needed to market its dietetic bread products around the world.
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Aseptic tub filler

Autoprod (Clearwater, FL) has introduced a new Gasti high-speed aseptic tub filler that uses servo-drives for product-specific settings of filling and transport parameters.
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HACCP to affect seafood, too

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).
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Marsh Co. (Belleville, IL): Wes Williamson, meat and poultry industry specialist.
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LPK makes packaging predictions

Package design firm Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) has probed its crystal ball to make public its "Packaging Predictions for 1996." "As baby boomers age, items we used to hide, like adult incontinence products, laxatives and dental adhesives, will be out in the open and packaging will be bolder to reflect this new, open attitude driven by the Woodstock generation turning 50," says Jerry Kathman, vp of client services.
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FDA to permit simplified health claims on labels

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.
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Aluminum "bottle" a first for vodka

While the cool, sleek appearance of brushed aluminum is not uncommon for health & beauty aids, it is unusual to see it in the spirits category. Hertford, U.K.-based MDT Wines & Spirits believes it is the first to use such a container for vodka.
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Cartons sport embossed graphics

For 18-oz Wheaties® cereal during December and January, Minneapolis-based General Mills used a special carton that lives up to the product's "Breakfast of Champions!" slogan.

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