Stand-up pouch development is on the march (see Kellogg item, top of page). Among the possibilities are pouches with ribs for gripping, pouches with new styles of drinking/dispensing spouts, and, on the airlines, pouches prized for making substantial source and weight reduction possible.
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A proposed effort to develop an international labeling system for all chemicals and mixtures could result in mandatory relabeling of U.S. food products containing safe levels of pesticide residues or food additives.
ISO 9002 certification: Toray Plastics (America), Inc. (N. Kingstown, RI) for its Lumirror Div.; Sonoco Industrial Container Division's (Marietta, GA) fiber drum production plant; Atlantis Plastics, Inc.
Bagging equipment helps El Jawhara develop a strong presence in Egypt's rapidly growing snack food market. The equipment is expected to provide a three- to four-year payback by economically producing high volumes of bagged snacks.
Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) has introduced a free-standing printing station equipped with an enclosed doctor blade ink system, which allows for high-quality printing at speeds to 1겨'/min on paper, film or foil .
A combination of speed with flexibility was cited as the most often selected approach to buying new equipment. So reports the research into packaging productivity conducted by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) that will be made public at PMMI's Productivity Forum, April 28 to 30, at the Wyndham Hotel near Chicago.
Rexam Medical Packaging's (Vernon Hills, IL) new Integra® Peel LFM laminations incorporate a coextruded blown film as an alternative to a coating as the peelable heat-seal layer for packaging applications involving radiation sterilization.