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Shelf life brochure

Mobil Chemical Co.'s (Pittsford, NY) Films Div. describes the advantages to packagers of working with the Division's Shelf Life and Sensory Program in a new 12-page, three-color brochure.
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Redefining food labels

The product inside may be more healthful or taste as good, but a package bearing a name like "meat product" or "peanut butter substitute" isn't likely to be as accepted as "bologna" or plain "peanut butter." As the food industry continues to develop new variations of old staples that are more in keeping with the public's desire for more nutritious and convenient foods, the U.S.
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Aseptics get a screw cap

In the sunny South Pacific, consumers of Punaauia, Tahiti-based Pacific Beverage Co.'s juices, nectars and alcoholic drinks--all packed in 1-L aseptic bricks--are now enjoying the convenience of a screw cap reclosure.
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Matte finish OPP

Mobil Chemical, Films Div. (Pittsford, NY), has introduced an OPP film with a matte, paper-like finish. Mobil Bicor® MLT film gives a translucent look to graphics and type while offering the protection and machinability of traditional OPP.
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Salmon bits sprinkled or spooned

Look out, bacon bits, here comes a challenger: Alaskabits(TM) smoked salmon bits. Deemed the Grand Prize winner in an annual contest promoting nontraditional uses of Alaska salmon, the dried, smoked bits of premium filet are said to be a more healthful alternative to pork toppings because they're higher in protein and lower in cholesterol and animal fats.
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Cylindrical shipper liners

Inliners Unlimited (Monroe, LA) offers a new line of molded inserts and round-bottom bag liners designed to conform to the shape of a pail or drum. PerfectFit liners are available in a variety of materials, including nonbarrier PE films, barrier coextrusions and high-barrier laminations.
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Star packaging for Star Canyon

Managing partner Michael Cox believes his Star Canyon Restaurant has succeeded partly because of the way it capitalizes on its unique Dallas setting. Until recently that meant menu and decor for the most part.
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How packagers decide on machine controls

Research from PMMI shows that electronic controls are a growing part of packaging responsibility. Here's a look at their penetration, and who 'controls' them in the plant.
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Polyolefin shrink film

A new polyolefin shrink film from Cryovac (Duncan, SC) is designed specifically for hard-to-wrap soft items packaged in chipboard trays. D-940 reduces haze, adds sparkle and eliminates folds known as dog ears, fish eyes and crow's feet.
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Automatic tablet feeder

An automatic tablet feed elevator from Modular king Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) is ergonomically designed to eliminate potential workplace accidents during manual filling of tablets into a hopper by replacing a high, out-of-reach hopper with a low-level bulk hopper.
Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.
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Does purchasing drive partnerships?

The results of the PMMI's Productivity survey show that few packagers regard their relationships with machinery makers as partnerships. And purchasing executives are most likely to initiate partnering.
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COPE readies consumer survey

In response to a petition from the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), FDA has proposed several changes in its food labeling regulations. After reviewing all its health claims rules, the agency is poised to propose simplified, flexible model claim language for some of the existing longer health claims.
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Tray wrapper

Ceimos C-3000 stretch wrapping machine from Polypack (Largo, FL) is designed for trays of fruit, vegetables, meat and poultry. It automatically wraps and seals trays of product in stretch film while advancing over a hot plate.
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Recycled paper drives automotive packs

This application for Saturn is just one of the latest in many automotive applications for Homasote's recycled Pak-Line products. Even before recyclable packaging became an industry objective, many auto makers selected Pak-Line for custom reusable containers.
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TE design relies on perfs, not force

When medical device maker Boeringer Mannheim chose to use a thermoformed clamshell to show off its second-generation Soft Touch II lancet blood sampling device, the Indianapolis-based company wanted the package to be easy to open.
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LPK makes packaging predictions

Package design firm Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) has probed its crystal ball to make public its "Packaging Predictions for 1996." "As baby boomers age, items we used to hide, like adult incontinence products, laxatives and dental adhesives, will be out in the open and packaging will be bolder to reflect this new, open attitude driven by the Woodstock generation turning 50," says Jerry Kathman, vp of client services.
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Cartons sport embossed graphics

For 18-oz Wheaties® cereal during December and January, Minneapolis-based General Mills used a special carton that lives up to the product's "Breakfast of Champions!" slogan.

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