Green-Tek (Edgerton, WI) has developed dual-ovenable, micro-waveable and freezer compatible trays made of CPET. These thermally stable trays can withstand 40° to 400°F and are available in black or white.
Mahaffy & Harder (Fairfield, NJ) Model 8000 f/f/s machine has an advanced servo drive and is capable of producing a range of vacuum, MAP and ambient packages for meat, convenience foods, health care and other consumer products.
Clear OPS tubs for baked goods from Wilkinson Mfg. (Ft. Calhoun, NE) use the patented DeltaPak(TM) TE closure for protection against pilferage. Overwrap or shrink bands can be eliminated and the tubs can be opened easily in a simple, one-step process.
The Pack 500 from Klockner/Ho/oonsel Tevopharm (Sarasota, FL), a div. of Klockner Bartelt, is the company's first servo-driven version of automatic flowwrappers for confectionery and baked goods applications.
WeighPack Systems (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) offers machines for efficient and accurate bagging of fresh, processed or frozen foods from less than 1/2 oz to 50 lb into a variety of bags, cartons, jars or trays.
It may seem like too little and too late, but the Food and Drug Administration recently issued its 1993 revision of "Standards for the Fabrication of Single Service Containers and Closures for Milk and Milk Products." Federal and state regulatory inspectors use these standards as the basis for inspecting plants manufacturing dairy packaging.
"Most of our clients now view package design as a form of advertising, recognizing the impact design has in creating and reinforcing a brand's image and communicating its superiority," says Bob Minkus, president of Minkus & Associates (Rosemont, PA), a graphic designer.