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Label this one a winner

A package redesign for Canadian Mist blended Canadian whisky earned manufacturer Brown Forman Beverages Worldwide a 1996 Pyramid Award for excellence in labeling from the Films Div.
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Bang the drum carefully (sidebar)

Use of regrind in plastic drums could lower prices
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Advantage vf/f/s system from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is made with stainless steel to meet USDA sanitary requirements for packaging poultry, red meat, seafood and similar products into retail or club- size packages.
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Waking the Dough Boy

Pillsbury Canada Ltd.'s recent overhaul of its Refrigerated Baked Goods Business was more than just skin deep. Larger portions, increased product offerings, and an aggresive advertising campaign were all part of an effort to stir this sleeping product category.
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PVC/PE with light absorber

When used in MAP packaging of fresh meat, fish, seafood and poultry, Green-Tek's (Edgerton, WI) Polyraz PVC/PE film with UV light absorber prevents UV light penetration, thereby reducing discoloration of red meat products.
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PE/EVOH/PE bottles make shelf-stable splash for Hawaiian Punch

Until recently, bottlers of shelf-stable juice drinks had only two plastic packaging options: bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene/ethylene vinyl alcohol/polypropylene (PP/EVOH/PP) containers.
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Oscar Mayer rolls out lunch pack for adults

Since 1988, says Oscar Mayer, more than one billion prepackaged Lunchables®-brand lunch combinations have been consumed. Based on that product's success with kids, the Madison, WI, Kraft Foods division introduced in November Lunchables Deli-Carryouts(TM) sandwich combinations for adults.
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PP/polyester film

Q-PET(TM) is a patent-pending coextruded multilayer film with a core layer of PP and surface layers of polyester. This offers users a significant cost reduction over traditional PP, says the company.
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Fresh juice warnings?

Despite reports in the popular press, FDA isn't in a rush to require fresh juice makers to pasteurize their products after last fall's outbreak of illnesses (and one child's death) from E.
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Fieldbus interface

The Profibus process fieldbus interface card from Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) is designed for the company's HI 2160RC loss-in-weight rate controller.
A galvanized steel cage permits Pepper Source personnel to see through to the inner HDPE liner to gauge product level
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IBC serves up savings for sauce maker

Pepper Source reduces its packaging and distribution costs with a reusable bulk container that saves in both shipping and receiving, says maker of sauces, marinades and glazes.
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Steel drum

Trilla Steel Drum (Chicago, IL) now manufactures a 55-gal steel drum with a reduced diameter, designed to fit more drums more compactly into ISO containers.
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FDA taking new look at medical foods

FDA is re-evaluating its regulation of "medical foods" and is seeking comments on the criteria used to determine if a product meets the definition of a medical food, appropriate safety standards, claim substantiation, labeling, quality control procedures and postmarketing surveillance requirements.
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Automotive containers

Plastic Bottle (Libertyville, IL) has introduced a new family of containers suited for automotive additive products. HDPE Cone Top Rounds are available in 250 mL and 12-oz sizes as well as a 32-oz/1-L size that can be used in international markets.
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Films for form/fill/seal

Cryovac® FS 7000 Series is a new family of high-performance, multi-layer coextruded barrier films from Cryovac North America (Duncan, SC) designed for vertical form/ fill/seal applications where extended shelf life is necessary.
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Winding adhesives

Two new resin emulsion adhesives have been specifically formulated by National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) to provide versatile adhesion, greater yield and simplified clean-up in tube, core and composite can production.
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Pack size increases usage-to a point

Brand managers at packaged goods companies have always kept a sharp eye on how packaging influences the way consumers choose one brand over another. But what about how consumers use brands once they've chosen them?
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Form/fill/seal machine

The Laudenberg FBM-20 is a horizontal form/fill/seal machine available from Profile Packaging (Sarasota, FL). It was designed in response to the demand for larger, resealable, stand-up pouches with zippers.

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