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Mandates and markets: recycling's 'catch 22?'

Serious concern over the state of markets for recycled plastics was strongly voiced at Take it Back!, a seminar on packaging and the environment sponsored in May by Kranson Industries (St.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

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On their way to palletizing, 12-packs of Pepsi are gently conveyed on two tracks of coated plastic chain (above). When packs bac
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Carton conveyor cleans up beverage act

As an alternative to roller conveyors, a chain conveyor carries beverage packs 900' without scuffing or marring.
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Unique venting keeps coffee fresh

Dean Florentino Coffee, Las Vegas, NV, is the first coffee packer to put fresh roasted ground coffee in a "breathable" composite canister that's specially equipped with a one-way degassing valve.
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HCPC unveils seal of approval

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) has announced the availability of a new seal of approval that can be used to designate compliance-style pharmaceutical packaging.
Within this chamber, two side-by-side cartons are labeled at each of their ends simultaneously to create a unit pack
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning (sidebar)

Labeling unitizes two cartons at Baxter Healthcare
One derived from rice the other from soy, these nondairy beverages were the first filled on Farmland?s 1?2-gal low-acid system t
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Half-gallon aseptic carton is a first

Farmland Dairies is the first to pack a low-acid beverage in an aseptic carton this large. Shelf stability permits nontraditional placement in-store. Automatic in-line pour spout applicator is also the first of its kind.
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Vermont rBST labelling

Dairy packers won a major victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered the Vermont District Court to grant an industry-requested injunction against the state's mandatory rBST labeling statute.
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Dairy health claims

IDFA has asked FDA to reconsider the industry's petition to allow dairy-related health claims on food packaging. Specifically, it wants permission for claims associating adequate calcium intake with reduced hypertension risk.
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Vacuum skin packaging

Cryovac, a div. of W.R. Grace & Co. (Duncan, SC), has released a brochure on the company's vacuum skin packaging system. VSP allows shoppers to see the natural shape, color and texture of ready-to-prepare foods, cheeses, deli meats and other items.
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Food exempt from California law

Three years of legislative battles paid off for food and cosmetics manufacturers on September 4 when the California legislature passed a bill exempting food, beverage and cosmetics products from the State's 1991 Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Law.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Sealed Air Corp. (Saddle Brook, NJ): Nicholas R. Pacak, national mktg. mgr., automotive.
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USDA-approved inks

Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) has introduced six USDA-conforming inks for use in the Genesis Singleline and Twinline small-character ink-jet printers. They're acceptable for incidental contact with food products, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Dow Chemical (Midland, MI) was awarded the '96 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for its PS foam sheet manufacturing technology.
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities (sidebar)

Improved plugging & capping
Here?s what the numbers say to International Packaging Systems? Richard Brewer: By the year 2000, the number of 1-gal hot-fill P
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Tropicana tries shelf-stable OJ in PET (sidebar)

Others like PET gallons, too
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Supplier news: Achievements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) is among the world's 100 best-managed companies according to a recent Industry Week report.
One key to wrapping six somewhat unstable lightweight bottles is a movable bridge that transports the bottle group as they?
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Chesebrough 'raves' about new bundler

Dual-lane shrink bundler for six-packs of Rave hairspray allows plant to run line at 200+ bpm, and higher speeds are being considered. New handling features cut downtime.

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