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NutraSweet drum labeler keeps on ticking

Pity the printer/applicator that must withstand NutraSweet Kelco's Augusta, GA, aspartame plant. The artificial sweetener used in diet soft drinks is a granular substance that creates a harsh, dusty environment that's brutal on packaging equipment.
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Trilingual label cleans up

Last year, Naperville, IL-based Babson Brothers introduced a line of PRECISE dairy pipeline cleaning tablets. To satisfy its international customers, the firm had to be sure that usage instructions were available in English, Spanish and French.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI): Richard E. Sosville, vp, mktg. & sales.
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Colors swatchbook

Courtaulds Performance Films (Martinsville, VA) offers a free swatchbook containing samples of 52 standard colors available in clear, matte or opaque deep-dyed polyester film.
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Wine labels that pop

Claiming a first in the wine industry, Domaine St. George Winery introduced a holographic wine label on its Domaine St. George brand this April. "There's been a revolution in wine packaging," says Jan Wells, spokesman for the winery.
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Shaping technology injects market excitement in metal cans

Until a couple of years ago, American packagers using cans seemed satisfied with the straight sidewall profile and functionality of most metal cans. The cans were strong, easy to fill and seam, and offered a number of labeling, case packing and stacking options.
Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
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Easy-open pack for bundles

Bundles of six 2-L water bottles from Perrier/Vittel, Paris, France, get an easy-open feature thanks to a new multilayer shrink film with directional tear resistance.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Quantum Chemical Co. (Cincinnati, OH) will be a major part of a new company named Millennium Chemicals Inc. (Iselin, NJ).
Five Mini Meals are manually loaded into a chipboard ?boot? and overwrapped in film for multipack sales
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Vend packs turn to new materials for new markets

Designed initially for vending sales, a new material blend permits skin-packed frozen Mini Meals for microwave heating to expand into diverse outlets.
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Standards revised for flexible

The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) is revising current standards and identifying areas where standard test methods are needed for flexible packaging intended for medical use.
At top, Boston Beer?s Samuel Adams brand notches the edge of its bottle label to indicate the ?best before? date on a 12-month p
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Brewers getting 'fresh'

BATF weighs brewers' petitions for freshness dating, and considers requiring brewers to disclose corporate names.
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Custom chemical labels

Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) offers p-s label stock for chemical labeling applications such as drum identification. Labels can be customized to withstand most environments, or given a UV-resistant coating to meet OSHA regulations.
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Supplier news: International agreements

PCI Services, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) has purchased Unipack Ltd., the largest contract packager of pharmaceuticals in the U.K.
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Gabletop proves Fruitful for foodservice

Damon Industries begins packing juice and drink concentrates in gabletop cartons for foodservice accounts out West. A retail version is possible next year. Contract packers will help expand sales nationwide within five years.
Mission has teamed up with produce marketer Tanimura & Antle to sell avocados in 2-count bags with high-impact graphics
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Mission's on a MissionRIPE mission

A California firm recently installed the first automatic set-up and sealing system for an unusual MAP produce shipper. It provides a three-week refrigerated shelf life for ripe avocados, allowing nationwide distribution.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Quantum Chemical Co. (Cincinnati, OH) has sold its Heath, OH, plastics recycling plant to a newly formed company, 3DM LLC.
After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.

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