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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Exxon Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) will acquire AlliedSignal Inc.'s (Morristown, NJ) interest in the HDPE business of Paxon Polymer Co., L.P.
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Cheese overwrap film

Designed to replace conventional overwrap films for cheese, Cryovac's (Duncan, SC) BDF-4000 is a high-barrier film with built-in oxygen and aroma barriers.
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Mary Kay bottles body care products

Customized extrusion/blow-molded bottles are providing marketing appeal and consumer convenience for personal care products sold by Dallas-based Mary Kay Cosmetics.
An overview of the bundler and integrated heat tunnel shows the small-footprint design
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Bundlers shrink labor costs

Private-label pharmaceutical manufacturer Biocraft Laboratories saves $900ꯠ a year in labor and materials by installing collator/shrink bundlers on 13 lines.
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Toy-in-package meets new markets

The venerable Sesame Street® characters have weathered storms of purple dinosaurs and Indian princesses to remain solid favorites among children. But when Minnetonka Brands introduced new Sesame Street Tearless Shampoo, the firm still had to design packaging to make the product stand out from the competition.
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Seven-layer coextruded film

Curwood (Oshkosh, WI) has introduced ICE(TM) (internal coolant exchange) 9300, a new seven-layer high-barrier coextruded flexible film. It provides haze-free clarity, color fade protection and longer shelf life, says the company.
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Making calcium health claims?

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow a health claim on dairy products stating that adequate calcium intake may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
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Wire stopper cap makes a comeback

Retro packaging strikes again. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is the latest player in the retro game, reaching all the way back to the late 1800s for old-time appeal.
Meats like Hormel?s Spam that are heat processed in the can are critically dependent on the package integrity for wholesomeness
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USDA keeps on trucking with HACCP

USDA is ready to issue a joint proposal with FDA on warehousing and distribution of packaged foods. New safety requirements could affect packaging.
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USDA wants disclosure on poultry ingredients labeling

On November 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a final ruling requiring packagers of hot dogs, bologna, and sausage to be more forthcoming in the ingredients statement if their products contain chicken or turkey meat.
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Mayfield milks nostalgic design

Now that Coca-Cola has awakened marketers to the power of nostalgia with its retro-style plastic bottles for Coke and Sprite, nostalgic package design is extending to the dairy category, too.
These 8-oz bottles of milk-it! brand milk in six-packs will debut in January in Orlando. Inset shows close-up of the bottle?s
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Fresh milk flirts with 'value added' packaging

Extrusion blown of LDPE and topped with a unique closure injection molded of the same material, this new package could give milk a whole new single-serve image.
Side by side, the true contour (right) has a convex label panel that requires a shrinkable label. The straight-wall contour (le
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape

Coca-Cola's 'true contour' PET bottle is a big success in several parts of Mexico. Promotora blow-molding plant decorates with a shrink label of OPP applied with glue.
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Kraft does double detection

While twin-lane metal detection equipment and pipeline detectors are not uncommon, it is unusual to find them both on the same packaging line. Kraft Jacobs Suchard wanted two systems in its Liverpool, England facility for a new high-speed filling line for Vitalite margarine.
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Do you worry about tampering when you buy food and drugs?

In its Oct. 13 story on the release from prison of James Lewis, a key suspect in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings, the Chicago Sun-Times included this phone poll question.
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Heublein 'autographs' a clear winner

Decanter for Smirnoff vodka will lead retailers into the holiday season. Crystal-like bottle and stopper signal reuse with the Smirnoff signature in view. Most sales command a premium price.
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No beefs with irradiation

Irradiated beef is not likely to affect sensory qualities such as color, flavor and texture, according to a new study conducted by the Kansas State University department of animal sciences and funded by the Beef Promotion and Research Board.
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Nostalgia in a tin

For many Americans, the name "Burma Shave" brings back a flood of memories. So says the marketing force at Staunton, VA-based American Safety Razor, which is reintroducing the Burma Shave name in a metal gift canister depicting the Burma Shave jingles found on country roadsides throughout America as far back as the 1920s.

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