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Meats like Hormel?s Spam that are heat processed in the can are critically dependent on the package integrity for wholesomeness
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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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Kraft does double detection

While twin-lane metal detection equipment and pipeline detectors are not uncommon, it is unusual to find them both on the same packaging line. Kraft Jacobs Suchard wanted two systems in its Liverpool, England facility for a new high-speed filling line for Vitalite margarine.
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Do you worry about tampering when you buy food and drugs?

In its Oct. 13 story on the release from prison of James Lewis, a key suspect in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings, the Chicago Sun-Times included this phone poll question.
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Heublein 'autographs' a clear winner

Decanter for Smirnoff vodka will lead retailers into the holiday season. Crystal-like bottle and stopper signal reuse with the Smirnoff signature in view. Most sales command a premium price.
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No beefs with irradiation

Irradiated beef is not likely to affect sensory qualities such as color, flavor and texture, according to a new study conducted by the Kansas State University department of animal sciences and funded by the Beef Promotion and Research Board.
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Nostalgia in a tin

For many Americans, the name "Burma Shave" brings back a flood of memories. So says the marketing force at Staunton, VA-based American Safety Razor, which is reintroducing the Burma Shave name in a metal gift canister depicting the Burma Shave jingles found on country roadsides throughout America as far back as the 1920s.
Materials Product Brief
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In-line laminating/packaging

Laminform® System, a turnkey integrated modified atmosphere packaging system from Redex (Schaumburg, IL) and James River (Milford OH), laminates barrier films with other substrates needed and then sends the lamination to a form/fill/seal machine that's in-line with laminating.
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Alcohol content labels coming to a head

Bottle bordom: Can beverage bottles be more innovative?
Materials Product Brief
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Corrugated wax treatment

Enviro-Tek (Dallas, TX) has developed an alternative to wax coatings for corrugated boxes that is waterproof, greaseproof, repulpable, recyclable and economically competitive with conventional wax coatings.
News
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New fish inspection marks

Several inspection marks for fish package labeling were recently modified by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Materials Product Brief
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Corner shipping protection

Corrupad Protective Packaging (Bensenville, IL) has introduced Edgeguard(TM) protective packaging for corners and edges of tabletops, picture frames and furniture.
The new water-based formula for WaterSeal Ultra allows the use of    pearlized blue HDPE containers, an F-style 1-gal jug and a
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Premium is as premium does

New Thompson's Ultra Water Seal employs pearlized HDPE containers and a variety of handsome labels to communicate the product's improvements.

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