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No progress in Lipton tampering

In late April, Walgreens stores temporarily pulled 16-oz glass bottles of Lipton Iced Tea from the shelves of more than 300 stores across the Midwest.
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One of the bottling plant?s versatile video cameras is mounted high above the case packer; another camera is portable
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Interactive 'insurance'

These days, the word "interactive" is usually followed by either "Internet" or "web site." In the case of Coca-Cola Bottling of Chattanooga and Hartness Technologies (Greenville, SC), what's interactive is a unique audio and video system that links the production floor at the bottling company with the service technicians at Hartness' headquarters in Greenville, SC.
After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.
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Supplier news: International agreements

PCI Services, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) has purchased Unipack Ltd., the largest contract packager of pharmaceuticals in the U.K.
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New bottle adds nice touch

With the March restaging of its Ice Cap(TM) line, hair care product manufacturer Graham-Webb Intl., Plymouth, MN, became one of the first users of VelvaSoft(TM) packaging.
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Motorized conveyor pulley

The Sparks/Dura-Drive(TM) 4.5" dia motorized pulley provides a 62% increase in radial load weight for belt conveyor systems, says manufacturer Sparks Belting (Grand Rapids, MI).
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Vertical case packer

The vertical case packer from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) can top- or bottom-load products of any shape into RSCs, HSCs, overlapping or display cases.
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Gabletop proves Fruitful for foodservice

Damon Industries begins packing juice and drink concentrates in gabletop cartons for foodservice accounts out West. A retail version is possible next year. Contract packers will help expand sales nationwide within five years.
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LDPE drum liner

ValuLiner® VLN from New England Plastics (Woburn, MA) is a 15-mil, smooth-sided, 55-gal LDPE drum liner that folds flat and nests for easy storage, but shakes open to install inside drums without pushing or tugging.
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Pouch progress, too

In addition to its core business of sauces packed in glass and plastic bottles, Yoshida has a busy pouch packaging operation, too. Typically the pouches are sold to other food marketers who include them as components in something like a vegetable or chicken stir fry.
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Supplier news: In Memoriam

Wilhelm B. Bronander passed away on April 8, 1996. He is recognized for more than 40 years of service to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute and was instrumental in the formation of Pack Expo.
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Industry seeks major changes to EPA guides on enviro-preferred products

Major components like lifecycle analysis, third-party certification and objectionable characteristics are being challenged.
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Metallized film does the Trix

Walk through the local supermarket's cereal aisle and you'll be bombarded with a display of vivid, colorful cartons. While it's not easy to stand out from such a crowd, Minneapolis-based General Mills believes it can with its Trix®, and new Team USA Cheerios®.
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Closure combines directional pour with no-drip

Launched in February at Wal-mart stores nationwide, DowBrands' large 30-oz size of its Dow Smart Cleanser(TM) features a new Tab Top(TM) dispensing closure from Seaquist Closures (Mukwonago, WI).
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Fillers and cappers

Key International (Englishtown, NJ) is now offering the Hispamec line of monoblock fillers and cappers that permit size/format changeovers without tools.
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Melon salad counts on PVC jars

Chilled fruit leader UniMark Foods of Argyle, TX, is well known in supermarkets nationwide for its 26-oz portions of tropical fruits in glass jars sold on ice in the produce department.
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Printed PET film adorns cosmetics cap

A unique cone of PET film is what gives the multi-component closure on Eau d'Amore cologne its vivid color. Marketed by Korean cosmetics manufacturer Pacific, the cologne was launched in Korea in October '95.
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Olestra label dispute

Procter & Gamble Co. and Frito-Lay, the nation's biggest snack manufacturer, are asking FDA to accept less explicit language in labeling requirements for products containing olestra, a fat replacement ingredient developed by P&G.

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