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Injection-molded plastic buckets like these (top) carry ?long goods? pasta. Transporting these buckets vertically, horizontally
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Components help conveying system find its bearings

Self-lubricating bearings make for smooth sailing of pasta-carrying buckets at Dakota Growers Pasta plant in Carrington, ND.
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U.S. materials consumption to grow modestly

The consumption of U.S. packaging materials is expected to grow at a moderate rate of 3.2% annually through 2001, according to the new third edition of the Rauch Guide to the U.S.
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Sunscreen labeling

Consumers may not realize that there are no official government standards for sunscreen protection and its labeling. Proposed rules issued by FDA, which treats sunscreen as an OTC product, have become de facto guidelines adopted by sunscreen manufacturers, with compliance high.
Grimmway1s checkweigher and metal detectors (right) inspect up to 75 bags of carrots per minute. The plant produces bags from 1
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Running long and going strong

Metal detectors and checkweighers 'run and run and run' at Grimmway Farms' high-volume, washdown-environment carrot processing plant.
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Fen/phen warnings

FDA announced it plans to require warnings on labels of the popular prescription diet drug "fen/phen" after receiving reports that the drug combination can cause serious damage to heart valves.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Sonoco Printed Packaging Div. (Atlanta, GA) has established a printed packaging product and process development facility in Hartsville, SC; Sonoco Industrial Container Div.
Joint Managing Directors Mal Smith (left) and Bill Walker save on engineering support costs by allowing the equipment supplier?s
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Modem bridges 8,000-mile gap

New Zealand's Grated Cheese Co. relies on its vendor's engineers for tech support of its new combination weigher-from 8ꯠ miles away.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) formed a new division, Packaging Automation, which will focus on picking, packing and palletizing robotic system solutions for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
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Gaining a competitive edge

Home decor or a tequila bottle?
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Country of origin

Diehards are still attempting to require front panel country-of-origin marking on packages of frozen fruits and vegetables. In the latest developments, Rep.
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Labeling for pediatrics

FDA has proposed a rule requiring drug manufacturers to test the safety of some new prescription drugs and biologics for children, determine appropriate dosages and label the product accordingly.
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Hall of fame welcomes three

The Packaging Education Forum has announced the election of three distinguished packaging professionals to its Packaging Hall of Fame. The 1997 class includes Donald Betando, retired chair of the San Jose State packaging program; Lejo Brana, director of packaging at Riviana Foods, Inc.; and Dr.
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Mobile blister packager

The newest version of the EZ Blister(TM) mobile blister packaging machine from UK-based Sepha Products (Irvine, CA) will be shown at PackExpo West. Designed for low-volume package development, it is suitable for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications.
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Fruit snack comes in a 'nifty' cup

Introduced in late August at 7-Eleven stores across the country was Sunfresh® FruitJelite(TM), a fruit gelatin snack in a colorful textured cup and foil lid.
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Labeling for geriatrics

All pharmaceutical drug labels must include a geriatric use subsection according to a final rule published in late August by FDA. Geriatric labeling will be phased in through 2003, beginning with six priority drug categories which must be labeled by August 28, 1998.
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Redressing a fragrance line

When Ft. Lauderdale, FL-based Parlux Fragrances, Inc. recently purchased the Alexandra de Markoff line from Revlon, management felt the line needed to appeal to younger women, both in the U.S.
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Dean Foods unveils HDPE bottles for milk

As Packaging World went to press, Franklin, IL-based Dean Foods was introducing its new Milk Chug line of bottled milks in resealable pint, quart and 8-oz high-density polyethylene bottles.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Design Group (St. Louis, MO), a Barry-Wehmiller company, will open a Southeastern office in Greenville, SC, focusing on the growing FDA-regulated medical, pharmaceutical and food industries.

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