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How effective is nutrition labeling?

It must depend on who is asked. GMA claims that an "overwhelming majority of consumers" read food labels, and that 63% of consumers find the nutritional information on the label to be "easier to understand." However, a survey by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Prevention Magazine reported that most food shoppers are not familiar with the new nutrition label.
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Convinced container shape sells,Coke to change can's contours

The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
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Lap seal flow wrapper

Ilapak's (Booth 2392) Lynx® Super horizontal flow wrapper is now available in a LapSeal version. It can be used with shrink films via electrostatic sealing or PE films using drag seal.
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Pepsi's packaging blitz

August was a one-month promotion period featuring two special packages from Pepsi-Cola Co. In convenience stores and gas marts nationwide, the Somers, NY-based firm launched 16-oz "Slam Cans" of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
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Shrink wrappers energize vitamin maker

California-based Pharmavite's shrink wrappers with customized infeeds boost speed and reduce changeover time for bundled multipacks of bottled vitamins and food supplements.
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Oval tubes

Fenton, Weber & Jones' (Tonawanda, NY) 2-oz Elise oval tube for the cosmetics and personal care industries is now available with Seaquist Closures' (Mukwonago, WI) 15-mm flat-lid smooth-wall butterfly closure.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Desiccants keep dog food bags dry

Desiccants in stretch-wrapped pallets solved a condensation problem in overseas shipments of dog food bags by the Iams Co.
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Horizontal f/f/s

The new Model 8000 Series horizontal form/fill/seal machine from Mahaffy & Harder Eng. (Booth #1508) accommodates a broad range of flexible and semi-rigid materials.
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U.K. beer recall results in relaunch

In mid-July, U.K.-based joint venture Carlsberg-Tetley PLC introduced Tetley's Draught beer in 500-mL aluminum cans. The brew's new can graphics sport cream colors that depict the decorative huntsman roundel popular on beer taps in British pubs.
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Four-cell IBC

MacMillan Bloedel Bulk Packaging (Marietta, GA) has introduced a new version of its SpaceKraft eight-wall corrugated IBC for semi-bulk shipments of nonhazardous materials.
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Bottle-in-box capper

Resina's (Brooklyn, NY) SN-30 single-chuck capper has been modified to handle 2 1/2- to 5-gal bottle-in-box containers used in the foodservice industry for oils and condiments.
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Associations tout recycling progress

Some in the recycling community have begun to wonder if America will ever be able to reach and sustain satisfactory recycling rates (see PW, July 1995, p.
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Tri-layer oval

Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tona-wanda, NY) has reintroduced its 4-oz Silique oval for personal care products and soaps or waxes. The tri-layer tube consists of a layer of HDPE surrounded by a layer of LDPE on each side for improved barrier and product flow.
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Corona treater

Pillar Technologies' (Hartland, WI) Universal corona treater is sized for retrofitting on numerous press configurations. Permits user purchase of a single station for treatment of both metallized and nonmetallized film.
Two full pallet discharge stations are shown here, and immediately in front of them is the grooved track that guides the automat
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Transfer cars simplify pallet handling

Owens Brockway glass plant now relies on automated cars and pallet stackers instead of forklift operators to move cases of glass from palletizers to stretch wrappers.
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PEN container brochure

Amoco Chemical's (Chicago, IL) new brochure compares polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) to PET. It contains fabrication information on PEN containers and describes suggested fabrication conditions for injection molding preforms.
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Canmaker/trimmer

Rated at 450 can/min speeds, CarnaudMetalbox Engineering's (Norwalk, CT) 5500 combination can bodymaker/trimmer enables canmakers to operate at high speeds and improve downstream handling with cleaner trims.

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