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Materials Product Brief
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Metallocene plastomers

Exxon Chemical (Houston, TX) has added five grades of FDA-compliant plastomers to its metallocene specialty family. They offer good breathability, clarity and enhanced sealability for packaging film production.
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Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Crabtree Group (Tyne & Wear, England) announced the proposed acquisition of Oven Systems, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI).
Materials Product Brief
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Child-resistant blister foil

A new child-resistant foil from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) combines advanced heat seal technology with two-side printing capabilities to create a compliance package specifically suited for OTC drugs and vitamin supplements.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Exxon Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) will acquire AlliedSignal Inc.'s (Morristown, NJ) interest in the HDPE business of Paxon Polymer Co., L.P.
Materials Product Brief
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Cheese overwrap film

Designed to replace conventional overwrap films for cheese, Cryovac's (Duncan, SC) BDF-4000 is a high-barrier film with built-in oxygen and aroma barriers.
News
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Mary Kay bottles body care products

Customized extrusion/blow-molded bottles are providing marketing appeal and consumer convenience for personal care products sold by Dallas-based Mary Kay Cosmetics.
An overview of the bundler and integrated heat tunnel shows the small-footprint design
Feature Article
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Bundlers shrink labor costs

Private-label pharmaceutical manufacturer Biocraft Laboratories saves $900ꯠ a year in labor and materials by installing collator/shrink bundlers on 13 lines.
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Toy-in-package meets new markets

The venerable Sesame Street® characters have weathered storms of purple dinosaurs and Indian princesses to remain solid favorites among children. But when Minnetonka Brands introduced new Sesame Street Tearless Shampoo, the firm still had to design packaging to make the product stand out from the competition.
Materials Product Brief
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Seven-layer coextruded film

Curwood (Oshkosh, WI) has introduced ICE(TM) (internal coolant exchange) 9300, a new seven-layer high-barrier coextruded flexible film. It provides haze-free clarity, color fade protection and longer shelf life, says the company.
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Making calcium health claims?

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow a health claim on dairy products stating that adequate calcium intake may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
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Wire stopper cap makes a comeback

Retro packaging strikes again. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is the latest player in the retro game, reaching all the way back to the late 1800s for old-time appeal.
Meats like Hormel?s Spam that are heat processed in the can are critically dependent on the package integrity for wholesomeness
Feature Article
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USDA keeps on trucking with HACCP

USDA is ready to issue a joint proposal with FDA on warehousing and distribution of packaged foods. New safety requirements could affect packaging.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

National Starch and Chemical Co. (Bridgewater, NJ) acquired the remaining equity in the joint venture company National Starch & Chemical S.A. (Santiago, Chile).
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Tetra Pak (Chicago, IL) and the Graham Packaging Group (York, PA) plan to expand their recently-formed global alliance for the dairy business. That includes entry into the U.S.
A World Variety employee applies tags while trimming and repackaging produce for delivery to a retailer. A Melissa?s? tag (left)
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Locking in sales

A California-based produce wholesaler opts for new tags for improved product identification and greater brand visibility.
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Omelets come in a cup

Want to make an omelet in one-tenth the time it now takes to make a regular two-egg omelet?
Syntron?s pregnancy test kits use a desiccant tablet that?s embedded directly into the handle of the test wand during assembly.
Feature Article
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Desiccant works sight unseen

Syntron Bioresearch eliminates a packaging step by switching from a desiccant pouch to a tablet embedded right inside its product, a medical test kit for pregnancy.
Filled and capped bottles
Machine Case Study
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Seals create I-D for lubricant

Induction-sealed PVC bottles that don't leak enable Westridge Laboratories to introduce personal lubricant to the pharmaceutical market and boost sales substantially.

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