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The entire soft drink industry is observing Southwest Coke1s  experience with returnable trays for 12-oz aluminum cans (left). T
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
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Food excluded from chemical labeling regs

Finished food products with trace food additives or pesticides should not be included in a globally harmonized system for chemical hazard classification and labeling.
Inside the blow molding machine, one of Ball?s 2-L bottles is positioned at the vision inspection station. Images flash across t
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Ball inspects becausePepsi expects quality

On-line machine vision system helps Ball's Chino, CA, plant deliver high volumes of PET bottles to Pepsi-Cola's California bottlers.
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Printing on corrugated

Signet's (Costa Mesa, CA) XLS flexo printing press can print on knocked-down corrugated cases, trays and flat sheets at speeds to 120/min. A ceramic anilox roll, improved doctor blade metering system, and a new inking system are said to produce higher-quality printing than previous models.
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Medical device labeling update

FDA's Office of Device Evaluation is holding a public meeting in September to discuss medical device labeling and the agency's proposed labeling information summaries (tentatively called "essential prescribing information" [EPI]).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Lyondell Petrochemical Co. (Houston, TX) and Millennium Chemicals Inc. (Iselin, NJ) signed a definitive agreement to form a venture comprising primarily the olefins and polymers businesses of the companies; it will be headquartered in Houston, TX.
A prewrapped lamp base is lowered into the lower base layer of Enviromold within a carton
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'Green' lights for Cambridge

This lighting and accessory manufacturer switched from paper-based void fill to a biodegradable mold-in-place system that sheds light on productivity and environmental issues.
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Sorbent caps

To save container space and eliminate loose desiccant cartridges, Multisorb Technologies (Buffalo, NY) has introduced Desicap® sorbent caps, which have a desiccant in the cap of a product container to provide invisible moisture protection.
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Deep skirt delivers strong shelf impact

When El Paso Chile Co. of El Paso, TX, started shipping its dips and salsa, it used a conventional continuous-thread closure on its glass jar. Its chief appeal was a deep skirt that allowed room for plenty of graphics.
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Capper/uncapper

Sure Torque (Bradenton, FL) has introduced a laboratory-quality table-top capper/uncapper for the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. It's accurate to 0.5 in-lb and uses sealed motors and clutches for cleanliness.
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Adhesive applicator

The Scotch ATG 700 Adhesive Applicator from 3M Industrial Tape and Specialties Div. (St. Paul, MN) is easier to load and holds up to 60 yds more tape than its predecessor, the 752.
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On-product outsert

Topflight (York, PA) has introduced sealed, multiple-fold, multiple-perforation adhesive information booklets called Infoserts. They're designed to adhere directly on the surface of cosmetics, food, beverage, or over-the-counter medication containers.
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Glutamate labeling?

FDA's proposal to require new labeling declarations about the free glutamate content of foods is "scientifically unwarranted," the American Frozen Foods Institute told the agency.
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P-s coupon system

New from American Creative Packaging (Algoma, WI) is the E-PACS(TM) capsule. It's a pressure-sensitive overwrap containing a coupon or three-dimensional piece up to 3/8" thick.
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Intermediate bulk container

Consisting of a metal frame and pallet with sides that are food-grade molded virgin PP, the Pallecon 330 from TNT Container Logistics (Franklin Park, IL) can hold the equivalent of six 55-gal drums.
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Foodservice paperboard

A new line of dual ovenable release (DOR) paperboard for the foodservice and perishable bakery products markets has been introduced by International Paper (Purchase, NY).
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Reforming FDA

Congress has picked up the pace on FDA reform, with legislation moving in both the House and Senate. Strongly backed by food manufacturers is language in the Senate bill providing that health claims on food labels would be presumed to be authorized if the claim is based on, and consistent with, findings of a federal health agency or of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Packaging web sites

Remember, type http:// in front of each address. AlliedSignal www.asresin.com Alvey Systems www.alvey.com Bar Code Systems www.bcs1.com GEI Intl. www.gei-int.com Multisorb Technologies www.multisorb.com Shell Chemical www.shellchemical.com

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