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Pneumatic bagger

Don Williams Packaging's (Belmont, CA) Model A-10 pneumatic bagging machine automatically opens and positions bags for both vertical filling applications-including salad, nuts and hardware-as well as horizontal filling of difficult-to-package products such as tortillas or paper goods.
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F/f/s is okay for MRE retort pouches

The handful of firms that supply retort pouches for the Department of Defense's MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) program are now permitted to produce them on thermo-form/fill/seal equipment.
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Quaker launches its logo

"This is the way we choose to compete in the value-priced segment." That's how Quaker Oats spokesman Ron Bottrell described the Chicago-based firm's decision to market ready-to-eat breakfast cereals in bags, rather than boxes, bearing the Quaker name and well known logo.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Candy Controls (Evanston, IL) has announced that Mechanical Sales Co. (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) will be its exclusive representative in eastern Canada.
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Recycling reports to be filed in California

Food industry organizations will help members comply with requirements of a California law requiring recycling of rigid plastic containers sold in the state.
Ventilation holes in Prohens? new corrugated box (above) help maintain grape quality during shipment from Chile to the U.S
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Corrugated container reaps sweet rewards for Chilean grape grower

Prohens switches from wooden crates to corrugated boxes to pack grapes for export. Lighter box provides protection, speeds set-up and reduces labor costs for Chilean grape grower.
Materials Product Brief
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Glass bottle/twistoff closure

Clinton Packaging (St. Louis, MO) has introduced a 210-ml (7-oz) clear glass bottle with a 43-mm twistoff closure. Suitable for salad dressings, herbal vinegars, syrups and sauces.
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Europe's Packaging Waste Directive: What will it mean to you?

Packaging managers whose products are marketed in Europe need to know that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU) finally adopted a Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive covering household, commercial and industrial packaging last December.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American Frozen Food Institute (McLean, VA): McNair Bishop, dir. of government affairs.
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Flexibles promote 'enviropackaging'

Refill packs for Tide and Cheer laundry detergent garnered FPA's "Green Globe" award for 1994. Three other FPA winners were also big contributors to source reduction efforts.

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