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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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Carton's hologram excites kids

To enter the children's market, African Pride Products introduced its hair creme relaxer in a paperboard carton decorated with a dazzling hologram.
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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.
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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.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI): Richard E. Sosville, vp, mktg. & sales.
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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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

American Packaging Corp. (Rochester, NY) has entered into a partnership with Quality Packaging (Chalfont, PA) to provide the retail and gourmet coffee market with its film packaging and engineering service.
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Sterilization indicators

Custom Printing Inks (San Diego, CA) has introduced three new steam sterilization indicators for flexographic applications. Color changes indicate the completion of a sterilization cycle.
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Bottle bill expansion likely to make ballot in Oregon

It appears almost certain that proponents of a ballot initiative expanding Oregon's bottle bill will collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot in November.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Exxon Chemical (Houston, TX) has announced a large addition to its EXACT Plastomer capacity in Baton Rouge, LA, using a significant portion of Paxon Polymer Co.'s PE slurry plant in Baton Rouge.
The rebuilt cartoner and a modified bottle loader (above) enabled Chattem to almost double its package output. The new PamprinÂ
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Preventive medicine for pharmaceutical producer

CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.
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Critics of the U.S. Food and Drug Administraton (FDA) frequently cite the agency's snail-like pace in approving everything from new drugs and medical devices to food additives (including direct-contact food packaging) and health and nutrient content claims on food labels.
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Composite canister cuts costs

When a metal can supplier phased out the can sizes used by Beer Nuts, Inc. for its namesake snack, the Bloomington, IL-based snack company turned to composite canisters from Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Love Box Co. (Wichita, KS) opened an office and warehouse in Columbia, MO.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN) has purchased the adhesives business of Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN).
A polypropylene jar and special closure of high-density polyethylene have replaced a glass jar and metal cap to contain hot-fil
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Salsa jar sealed 'first class'

Polypropylene replaces glass jar for hot-filled salsa served on Reno Air flights. Special linerless cap holds vacuum, yielding 90-day shelf life.
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CR packaging matters

Child-resistant drug packaging saved the lives of an estimated 460 children ages 4 and under between 1974, when such packaging was introduced, and 1992, according to a new report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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Mandatory alcoholcontent labels?

Once again Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) is taking aim at the licensed beverage industry, introducing legislation designed to curb the promotion of alcoholic beverages.

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