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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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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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Injection-molding resin

BASF (Mount Olive, NJ) has introduced a medium-impact polystyrene (MIPS) resin that offers over 25% improved gloss versus nor-mal-finish MIPS.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

U.S. Can Corp. (Oak Brook, IL) will establish a paint can and general line facility in the Dallas, TX, area.
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Meat labeling

According to a recently-released USDA survey, over 92% of retail stores had the required Safe Food Handling Labels on meat and poultry products. Because such labels are mandatory, USDA failed a store if one item within one category was found to lack the appropriate label.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Klockner Pentaplast of America Inc. (Gordonsville, VA) has established a research and materials testing center for pharmaceutical blister package films so that customers can develop or improve their blister packages.
Materials Product Brief
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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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EC loosens plastic food-contact rules

The European Commission (EC) agreed in principle to reduce the amount of toxicological testing required for plastics additives in food packaging. The reason?
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Chicken of the Sea passes muster

San Diego-based Van Camp Seafood's Chicken of The Sea® is believed to be the first tuna brand to be processed within a facility adhering to the federal government's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points program.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Sonoco Products Co.'s Industrial Container Div. (Hartsville, SC) is opening a new plastic drum manufacturing facility in Hazleton, PA.
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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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.
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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.
Added in the middle of last year, Tree Top?s PP closure includes a liner made of foamed PP and EVA copolymer. The materials sol
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Cap and liner top Tree Top's switch to PET

Changing from glass to heat-set PET boosts sales of apple juice and cider by 60% on 1-gal bottles. PP closure and EVA liner provide tamper-evidence and eliminate labor-intensive cap inspection.
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Decoration techniques unify Dial look

To impart an upscale look to its new Ultra Skin Care soaps, Phoenix-based Dial Corp. relies on printing and decorating technologies ranging from gravure-printed, film-laminated carton stock to hot foil stamping.
Materials Product Brief
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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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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?
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Campbell puts V-8 in heat-set PET

Launched in January, Campbell Soup Co.'s new 46-oz heat-set bottle of polyethylene terephthalate for V-8 vegetable juice is said to be the only shelf-stable plastic container for a tomato-based beverage.

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