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Great care was taken in designing the thermoform for the sliced varieties so that slices would neatly shingle
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U.K. firm ships Costa Rican fruit via Canadian technology

Unique packaging lets Geest ship fresh-cut pineapplein clear thermoforms to markets not only in the UK but also France and the U.S. Shelf life is 35 days.
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New high-pressure resins

Three new high-pressure PE resins have been formulated by Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) specifically for blow-molding, sheet and foam applications. LYA-003 is intended for LDPE blow-molding applications such as squeezable or sports bottles.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Mobil Chemical Co.'s (Pittsford, NY) Films Div.: D.L. Gosper, senior vp, growth and technology; James P. Ashmore, sales mgr., North America; Chris McGuire, customer service mgr.
French consumers are so impressed with Pulpea orange they named it the product of the year in the beverage category in the annua
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New twist on aseptic juice bottling

In France, orange juice joins the ranks of fruit juices aseptically packaged in rigid plastic containers. The six-month shelf life comes with an assist from a layer of EVOH.
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Semi-automatic liquid filler

National Instrument's (Baltimore, MD) Filamatic Model WRP-1 semi-automatic volumetric liquid filling system fills containers from pints to multi-gallons with ±0.5% accuracy.
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Do Germany's package restrictions restrict trade?

In what may be just one challenge to the European "Union" policy, the European Commission has formally charged that Germany's policy of requiring high percentages of refillable containers for beverages unlawfully restricts free trade.
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interpack 96: more reasons than ever to go

The world's largest packaging trade show, interpack 96 in Dsseldorf, adds more conferences to its May agenda. But new equipment and machinery from around the world is still the big attraction.
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Sterilizable medical film

Cryovac® M312 is a PVC alternative for medical packaging from Cryovac (Duncan, SC). This multi-layered coextruded film has improved moisture retention and better performance in refrigerated conditions than PVC, says the company, with good clarity after autoclaving.
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Heinz faces underweights

It started with a consumer complaint about an underweight plastic ketchup bottle in northern California. Officials there asked the Office of Weights and Measures at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to conduct a multi-state survey of Heinz ketchup.
After a bar code is ink-jet printed onto cases of paint cans, it is scanned by a bar code decoder as a quality check. The scanne
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Coding solution does double duty

Valspar Corp.'s ink-jet coding and scanning system provides automatic batch code verification and real-time production monitoring.
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Spill-proof refill pouch

The Clean-Clic system from Innovative Packaging Netherlands (Nieuw Vennep, The Netherlands) is a flexible refill pouch with a self-closing two-piece PE closure that eliminates spillage, says the company.
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U.K. dairy tests Tetra Max

The Plastics Packaging Systems division of Tetra Pak Intl. (Lund, Sweden) was formed last September as part of Tetra's expansion beyond paper, where it has a huge global presence.
Cartons are presterilized, filled and sealed within the aseptic chamber, which runs along the bottom of the system
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Aseptic system drives gabletop coffee creamer

Norwegian dairy stlandsmeieriet Hedmark Trrmelk is first to use aseptic system to produce 1/4-L gabletops of coffee creamer. New system lengthens shelf life by 50% and triples output of prior extended shelf life equipment.
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Metallic ribbons

QuickLabel Systems (Warwick, RI) has developed metallic thermal-transfer ribbons made with resin-based ink formulations. Compatible with most coated paper label stocks, with high smudge-and scratch-resistance, says the company.
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Health claims

Everyone from mom to Uncle Sam urges people to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthful diet. So why did the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allow only raw fruits and vegetables to make a "healthy" claim on food labels?
Sm4;genFisk?s thermoforming/sealing machine (top) uses a roll of 18.5-mil polyester/PE sheet that unwinds from left to right. T
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Fresh seafood takes MAP tack in Sweden

Swedish producer SmgenFisk packs fresh seafood under a modified atmosphere, providing consumers with an alternative to frozen and smoked varieties.
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Autowrappers

The Flowtronic 510 from Autowrappers Europack (Norwich, Norfolk, England) is an automatic, mid-range autowrapper that individually wraps small products, such as candy pieces or biscuits.
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Kraft rotor closure improves TE

Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, IL, has improved the tamper evidence of the rotor closure used on its parmesan cheese. The previous closure consisted of a one-piece injection-molded high-density polyethylene rotor atop an aluminum end.

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