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Even companies as large as Pillsbury recognize the payback from quick response to consumers? changing tastes. Product developmen
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We want it 'faster, faster, faster'

Packaging professionals are becoming scarcer at Pillsbury. Now the company is sourcing its packaging through teams, and it relies far more on suppliers for packaging R&D. Still, it seeks to cut time from the process.
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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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Dietary supplement labeling moves forward

Health claims on dietary supplement labels should continue to be approved the same way as for conventional foods, according to a draft report issued by the President's Commission on dietary supplement labeling.
Inside the blow/fill/seal machine, a plastic extrusion is surrounded by the mold (1), conformed to the mold with vacuum, and fil
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A new Dey for aseptic blow/fill/seal

A trio of latest-generation blow/fill/seal machines for aseptic respiratory care products are the first in the U.S. Dey Laboratories receives one-third higher production, better sterility and labor-saving CIP/SIP.
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Versatile labeler

MMI Automated Systems (Savanna, IL) has introduced the LM-1000, a semi-automatic tabletop labeler that can serve as a label dispenser, tamp applicator, round-product applicator and wraparound (flag) applicator.
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Alcohol content

A new California labeling law for alcoholic beverages requires all beverages containing more than 5.7% alcohol by volume to declare that content on the label.
On the reheat stretch/blow-molding machine on which PSM?s cryogenically cooled bottles are blown, mandrel-mounted preforms are c
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Cryogenic cooling of heat-set PET awaits patents

The technology's not commercial yet, and it certainly has its skeptics. Test results show that thermal and barrier properties are enhanced significantly by blowing PET into heated molds and cooling with LN2 delivered by a unique new system.
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Moisture permeation system

The MAS 1000(TM) moisture barrier measurement system from Testing Machines (Islandia, NY) is designed to measure the precise level at which moisture will permeate and diffuse through packaging materials.
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Oral-B, Nickelodeon brush up on oral care graphics

Last month, Belmont, CA-based Oral-B Laboratories introduced a line of collectible tooth brushes and pastes branded with children's cable television network Nickelodeon(TM) and its hit show, "Rugrats." Designed by Kornick Lindsay (Chicago, IL), the colorful packaging/product is part of "a strategic partnership between Oral-B and Nickelodeon in which the packaging helps fight the battle to get kids to brush and make it a better experience," says Sheree Lucas, Oral-B product manager.
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.
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Trial-size vials

Shower gels, body lotions, perfumes, day/night creams, shampoos, and conditioners are just some of the products that can be sampled using Vialpaq® from Flexpaq (S.
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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.
Early shipments of the product carried a label covering only half the lid, but now a round label covering the whole lid provide
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Fruit's best fresh, MAP cup proves

Canadian fruit marketer uses modified atmosphere packaging to get a fresh fruit combo, with an 18-day shelf life, to convenience stores via central distribution channels.
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Unit-dose splitter

The HUD (hospital unit-dose) Splitter from Sepha (Irvine, CA) is designed to cut hospital unit-dose blister packs into single packs without affecting the seal or product identification information.
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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.
Dow Chemical has been awarded more than 60 patents for the technology, products and applications stemming from its INSITE9; c
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Patently controversial

Big business is losing the fight to make patent applications public. But it's gaining on its goal of creating a better funded, better operated U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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Case packer for pouches

The Efficia 100 case packer from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) is designed to pack a wide variety of individually pouched products such as coffee, iced tea and cereal into a case.
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Country of origin

Congress is getting into the act over whether or not to require country-of-origin labeling on packaging. Rep. Sonny Bono (R-CA) introduced a bill mandating country of origin labeling for produce at the retail level, while Sen.

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