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How big is the food packaging business?

Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
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Motts, Welch's open fresh prospects

Stamford, CT-based Motts USA and Concord, MA-based Welch's are hoping that their new juice concentrate products won't be making a splash with consumers.
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Standardized label redux: first food, now pharmaceuticals

We're becoming a nation of self-prescribed pill pushers, and FDA is concerned that consumers need sufficient information to avoid potential problems.
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PMMI to explore packaging trends, solutions

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's (Arlington, VA) second Packaging Productivity Forum, Nov. 6 to 8 at the Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, will unveil the results of the 1995 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator survey.
Product visibility and an upscale look are among the advantages gained since Malibu 2000 switched from HDPE (right) to PET bottl
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Hair care line parts with HDPE

Salon customers are impressed since Malibu 2000 switched from screen-printed HDPE bottles to a tinted PET with the increasingly popular no-label look.
Health claims made on this package of Phyto-Nutrients are accompanied by the required disclaimer that FDA hasn?t evaluated the
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Supplementing copy for dietary supplement labels

Manufacturers of vitamins, herbs and minerals are looking to make health claims on their packages. New rules on copy and packaging are in FDA's plans.
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<subhead> </subhead> Supplementing copy for dietary supplement labels (sidebar)

FDA getting touger on iron
Filled trays pass through metal detection (lower right) and then a checkweigher (upper left
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Combo unit improves process control

Based in Duluth, MN, Luigino's, Inc. has made its Michelina brand frozen pastas and entrees big sellers across the country. At the firm's Jackson, OH, plant, a packaging line that went into production last fall uses a Loma 7000 Combo, an integrated metal detect-ion/checkweighing system.
Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
A 3? sidewall at the leading edge of the package becomes the base on which the package stands
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Pasta/produce combo gets tf/f/s treatment

Salinas produce marketer Tanimura & Antle thermoforms its own trays for the Broccoli Time combo pack. Will consumers get used to seeing such full meals in the refrigerated produce section?
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P&G calls consumer attention to counterfeits

With more than 300 product brands, Procter & Gamble has had to take legal action over a dozen times in the past couple of years against those who would sell product in similar packaging, hoping to cash in on P&G's wealth of brand equity.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Steinau-Fisher (Cincinnati, OH): Kelly J. Kleiner, account executive, covering local and national accounts.
The highly readable laser code (below left) is applied in-line, to a variety of Warner-Lambert1s 8- and 16-count packs of slab g
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Chewing up market share (sidebar)

Lasers sweeten coding for gum packs
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Glass jar reflects sauce's uniqueness

Through a recent licensing agreement with Barilla S.p.A of Italy, Camden, NJ-based Campbell Soup Co. has begun manufacturing and marketing the Barilla line of pasta sauces, said to be Italy's number one pasta sauce.
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A wedge up on the competition

Cheesy packaging is not necessarily a bad thing. Just ask Jan Berger, president of Chicago-based Turtle Island, Inc., marketer of Just for Joy(TM) cheese-based gourmet soups.
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Shrink wrap

Transhield shrink wrap from LCM, Inc. (Elkhart, IN) is a nonabrasive, insulating shrink film that can be used on delicate goods or painted products, such as appliances, equipment or vehicles.
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Winners cited by Glass Packaging Institute

An amber soft drink bottle and wide-mouth salsa container earned top honors from the Glass Packaging Institute (Washington, DC) in the seventh annual Clear Choice Awards.
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Price hikes pinch beer margins

Brewers are taking it on the chin as much as anyone when it comes to rising packaging costs, forcing them, and wholesalers, to find new ways to reduce operating and production costs and increase volumes and prices.

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