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Packaging causes hike in cereal prices

Citing cost increases for both packaging and grains, General Mills, Minneapolis, MN, increased the wholesale prices of its cereals in early August by 2.9%, according to a report in Advertising Age.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

3M Specialty Chemicals Div. (St. Paul, MN): Jim Fowler, vp of mktg. at American Pop Corn Co., is the winner of the 1995 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the 3M Scotchban Challenge contest.
In late June, Newsweek magazine devoted a full page article to the subject of repetitive-strain injuries and how OSHA would deal
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to levy big fines on companies. But it also has begun to show new interest in cooperating with industry.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Quantum Chemical Co. (Cincinnati, OH) finalized its plans to increase its HDPE and LLDPE capacities.
I  ndividually protected and wrapped 		window and door units are now shipped on company trucks standing on end like books. The v
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Pella's 'bookshelf' loads reduce materials and damage

To reduce materials and improve product protection, window-maker Pella moved to transparent stretch-wrapped packs that dramatically cut costs.
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Vertical sealing system

All Packaging Machinery (Ron-konkoma, NY) has introduced a heavy-duty, variable speed, continuous band sealer that can seal up to 45'/min. It can seal and trim Tyvek, polyester, nylon, poly-coated paper, foil, coextrusions and poly-laminatied materials, as well as unsupported films such as PE and PP.
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Package is key for Keystone

Hair care and cosmetics manufacturer Keystone Laboratories wanted to make a strong entrance into the market with its new Opal Glow(TM) alpha hydroxy-based skin care line, aimed primarily though not exclusively at African Americans.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
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Film label applicator

The Model 35PW p-s labeling system from Accraply (Booth #603) has capabilities to apply side panel and wraparound film-based labels at speeds to 2000"/min.
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Scott readies Cottonelle launch

Package design plays a key role in a launch this summer of three Cottonelle bath tissue products from Scott Paper, Philadelphia, PA: a hypoallergenic bath tissue, a tissue with baking soda, and a moistened personal wipe containing aloe.
Molds open (top) to reveal the injection-molded PET preforms, which are subsequently conditioned and stretch/blow molded into fi
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Single-stage molding propels Premier Plastics

Custom blowmolder on West Coast adds an injection/stretch blow-molding machine to tap the bottled water market. Health For Life Brands of Arizona is first user of Premier's 500mL bottle.
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P-s labeler

New Auto-Colt II® automatic pressure-sensitive labeling machine from New Jersey Machine (Booth #601) for the pharmaceutical and food industries applies labels to containers ranging in size from 1-oz to 1-gal at speeds to 200 labels/min with stepper drive.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

National Starch and Chemical Co. (Bridgewater, NJ): John Gaido, strategic accounts mgr., Adhesives div.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors for increasing prices
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Nutrition facts printer

Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) has introduced the N5000 Nutrition Facts Printer for use in the meat, poultry and dairy industries as well as by contract and medical device packagers.
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Nutrition labels for beer?

The camel's nose got under the tent when the Supreme Court overturned the federal law banning alcohol content on beer labels. Now, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, has petitioned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to allow companies to make health claims on alcoholic beverage labels.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American Mirrex Corp. (New Castle, DE): Sherrill Schmidt, market mgr. for food and pharmaceutical grade films.
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Case packer

The Econoline MGC-E case packer from Blueprint Automation (Richmond, VA) packs 1-oz to 10-lb bags into cases at speeds to 90/min. Designed for short production runs, changeovers take only two min.

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