Judging by the results of a recent exclusive Packaging World survey, pressure-sensitive labels are gaining in popularity at the expense of other forms of container decoration, including direct printing, glue-applied labels and screen printing.
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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is on the verge of allowing the first food-specific health claim to be made on packaging. In early January, FDA announced it was considering allowing use of the following model language: "Diets high in oatmeal or oat bran and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease." Previously, only broad claims about general nutrients were allowed.
The results of the PMMI's Productivity survey show that few packagers regard their relationships with machinery makers as partnerships. And purchasing executives are most likely to initiate partnering.
Perf Cap(TM) zipper tape from Minigrip/Zip-Pak (Manteno, IL) is designed for individually quick-frozen poultry, seafood and vegetables. It allows resealable packages to be made from PE and structured films on vf/f/s machines.
When medical device maker Boeringer Mannheim chose to use a thermoformed clamshell to show off its second-generation Soft Touch II lancet blood sampling device, the Indianapolis-based company wanted the package to be easy to open.
A new polyolefin shrink film from Cryovac (Duncan, SC) is designed specifically for hard-to-wrap soft items packaged in chipboard trays. D-940 reduces haze, adds sparkle and eliminates folds known as dog ears, fish eyes and crow's feet.
Remcon Plastics (Reading, PA) has introduced a reusable liquid shipping container made of PE. The Tank-On-Pallet is suited for both aseptic and non-aseptic applications where liquids, purees, or dairy products in quantities of 200 gal or more are required.
The old refrain, "there's no such thing as bad publicity," is proving true at Bad Frog Brewery Co., Rose City, MI. In October, the company successfully launched its Bad Frog premium beer within its home state.
An automatic tablet feed elevator from Modular king Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) is ergonomically designed to eliminate potential workplace accidents during manual filling of tablets into a hopper by replacing a high, out-of-reach hopper with a low-level bulk hopper.