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Labeling meat substitutes

FDA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) want to encourage more nutritious variations of traditional foods, but are wrestling with how such foods should be labeled.
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Bang the drum carefully

Open-headed fiber drums can't pass U.S. Dept. of Transportation drop tests. NAS recommendations could result in an exemption.
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And the envelopes, please.

The Tube Council of North America announced its 1996 Tube of the Year Award winners on January 9. Named Laminate Tube of the Year was Rembrandt® Mint Flavor Toothpaste, marketed by Den Mat Corp.
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Ales boast custom bottle, gold-stamped labels

When Portland, OR-based BridgePort Brewing Co. added two new brands to its line of premium ales last month, it used the opportunity to introduce a custom glass bottle for all four ale varieties in the line.
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PE/EVOH/PE bottles make shelf-stable splash for Hawaiian Punch

Until recently, bottlers of shelf-stable juice drinks had only two plastic packaging options: bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene/ethylene vinyl alcohol/polypropylene (PP/EVOH/PP) containers.
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Legal primer guides packaging professionals

What kind of fee flexibility can you expect for legal service?
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Fresh juice warnings?

Despite reports in the popular press, FDA isn't in a rush to require fresh juice makers to pasteurize their products after last fall's outbreak of illnesses (and one child's death) from E.
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FPA TAPS MARKETING GURUS

Dr. Martha Rogers and Don Peppers, authors of the hot business book The One-to-One Future, will headline the Flexible Packaging Assn.'s Annual Meeting March 5-7 at The Westin Mission Hills Resorts, Rancho Mirage, CA.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Prodo-Pak's (Garfield, NJ) Model RVF-16.5S is a vertical form/fill/ seal machine designed to produce four-side-sealed pouches in multiples of two to 12 across, at speeds to 1ꯠ pouches/min.
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
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Void-fill maker

The CorruGuard(TM) Former is an innovative machine from Appleton Mfg. Div. (Neenah, WI) that converts waste corrugated material into patented forms of void-fill.
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
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Bang the drum carefully (sidebar)

Use of regrind in plastic drums could lower prices
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Advantage vf/f/s system from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is made with stainless steel to meet USDA sanitary requirements for packaging poultry, red meat, seafood and similar products into retail or club- size packages.
An operator creates a manifest using the MaxLoad database screen (above). The pattern view screen offers a detailed diagram of
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Shipping the 'Comfort'-able way

Bedding systems manufacturer Select Comfort cuts inventory and costs by implementing load optimization software. Now, available load space, not just retailer demand, determines how orders are filled.
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PVC/PE with light absorber

When used in MAP packaging of fresh meat, fish, seafood and poultry, Green-Tek's (Edgerton, WI) Polyraz PVC/PE film with UV light absorber prevents UV light penetration, thereby reducing discoloration of red meat products.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Mobil Chemical Co.'s Films Div. (Pittsford, NY): Megan Hart to newly created position of market development mgr./tobacco.
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.

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