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How big is the food packaging business?

Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
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Bag-opening system

Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA) has developed an innovative bag opening system for use with its GT-4 Bagging System for bakery products.
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Soup cups go private label (sidebar)

Better bagging, too
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Meat packaging film

American National Can (Chicago, IL) has introduced a multilayer packaging film called Q3(TM). An addition to the proprietary Tubular Water Quenched line of plastic packaging, Q3 offers enhanced performance for traditional processed meat products, such as sausages and lunch meats, as well as applications that use a deep-draw process, such as bulk smoked sausage or braunschweiger.
The smooth vertical movement of the stretch wrapper?s film carriage is accomplished, in no small part, by plastic rollers (shown
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Rollers stabilize stretch wrapping

Contoured plastic rollers allow a film carriage to smoothly ascend and descend during stretch wrapping. OEM component helps packagers like Farley Candy wrap loads more efficiently.
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MAP brochure

Praxair's (Danbury, CT) new brochure describes how the use of nitrogen in packaging is a safe way to extend shelf life and preserve the flavors, aroma and colors of a wide range of products.
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Shrink bag

The PromoBag shrink bag from Robbie Mfg. (Lenexa, KS) benefits fresh meat and food processors. Uses polyolefin anti-fog film for food applications, or a variety of other shrink films for nonfood applications.
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Coextruded PET/RPET sheet

Wellman Inc.'s (Ripon, WI) Extrusion Division introduces a coextruded polyester rollstock using 100% post-consumer recycled PET sandwiched between two layers of virgin PET.
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Servo-driven vf/f/s machine

UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Butler(TM) 3 vertical form/fill/seal machine that uses servo motors, an Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller 503 and a touch screen for production information and fault display.
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Horizontal funnel machine

Southern Packaging and Bottling Machinery (Lawrenceville, GA) has introduced a new horizontal funnel machine that forms pouches from rollstock and fills them with dry mix products, rice, candy, instant oats, pharmaceutical products or small medical devices.

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