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Winding adhesives

Two new resin emulsion adhesives have been specifically formulated by National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) to provide versatile adhesion, greater yield and simplified clean-up in tube, core and composite can production.
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Pack size increases usage-to a point

Brand managers at packaged goods companies have always kept a sharp eye on how packaging influences the way consumers choose one brand over another. But what about how consumers use brands once they've chosen them?
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Aluminum bottles

A new line of aluminum bottles has been developed for the pharmaceutical industry by O. Berk (Union, NJ). Applications include antibiotics, bulk concentrated vitamins and ether, as well as essential oils and other health and beauty-related products.
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No-fluff package

O'Tec, Inc., one of the few producers of bagged cotton candy for the retail market, attributes much of its success to the high-barrier flexible bag it uses to protect the spun sugar from moisture.
Pressing arrow keys on the touchscreen display (above) trains the camera to focus in on the date/lot code. One touchscreen disp
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Easy PC controlfor machine vision

Upsher-Smith Laboratories uses off-the-shelf PC hardware for an all-in-one video capture/bar-code scanning inspection system to satisfy FDA labeling regs while keeping false rejects low.
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Coke surges ahead with new soft drink

Surge, Coca-Cola USA's "fully loaded citrus soda," hits store shelves across the country this month in both cans and bottles. The 12-oz cans use an EZO wide-mouth end for easy drinkability.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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Shrink label gives this mule a kick

From Russia by way of the U.K. comes a vodka-based drink called the Smirnoff Mule in a glass bottle with a label that's nearly as exotic as the beverage itself.
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Study confirms bottles affect wine buying

A recent study on American wine purchasing shows that glass wine bottles play a key role in determining which wine is purchased. Marketers considering dropping glass in favor of some other packaging material would do well to analyze the study-perhaps even duplicate it in their own product categories-before making a move.
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Supplier news: International agreements

The Specialty Chemical Additives Div. of Ciba Additives (Tarrytown, NY) and the Industrial and Agricultural Products Div. of Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc.
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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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Replacing Kessler at FDA

The man who changed the face of food package labels is leaving the Food and Drug Administration, and Congress and industry are waiting to see who is named to succeed Dr.
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs
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Skimming fat, not nutrients

FDA has issued new rules on milk labeling designed to eliminate consumer confusion about the fat content of milk and milk products. Until now, milk was not held to the same nutrition labeling standards as other products on the use of terms like "low fat." As a result, many consumers believed skim milk contained fewer nutrients than other types, and that 2% milk was low fat.
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Desiccant strips

Desiccare (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has introduced its continuous-strip desiccant product for use on automated dispensing equipment at speeds of 240 packs/ min.
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Heat transfer decorates White Rock cans

This summer, White Rock Products began test marketing its Sioux City Sarsaparilla in a 12-oz aluminum can that's reportedly the first to use Avery Dennison's new Clear ADvantage(TM) Therimage(TM) decoration.
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Kraft's clamshell says 'Manchego'

Kraft Foods de Mexico's new Manchego-style cheese slices are merchandised in a clear hinged clamshell that's thermoformed from a custom resin. Value-added package results in brisk sales.
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P-s label film

Dow Chemical (Midland, MI) has developed two new p-s label films for use with squeezable bottles. New versions of Opticite(TM) SQZ White and Opticite(TM) SQZ Clear films conform to bottle shapes and can be squeezed in multiple directions, says Dow.

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