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After a bar code is ink-jet printed onto cases of paint cans, it is scanned by a bar code decoder as a quality check. The scanne
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Coding solution does double duty

Valspar Corp.'s ink-jet coding and scanning system provides automatic batch code verification and real-time production monitoring.
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Spill-proof refill pouch

The Clean-Clic system from Innovative Packaging Netherlands (Nieuw Vennep, The Netherlands) is a flexible refill pouch with a self-closing two-piece PE closure that eliminates spillage, says the company.
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U.K. dairy tests Tetra Max

The Plastics Packaging Systems division of Tetra Pak Intl. (Lund, Sweden) was formed last September as part of Tetra's expansion beyond paper, where it has a huge global presence.
Cartons are presterilized, filled and sealed within the aseptic chamber, which runs along the bottom of the system
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Aseptic system drives gabletop coffee creamer

Norwegian dairy stlandsmeieriet Hedmark Trrmelk is first to use aseptic system to produce 1/4-L gabletops of coffee creamer. New system lengthens shelf life by 50% and triples output of prior extended shelf life equipment.
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Metallic ribbons

QuickLabel Systems (Warwick, RI) has developed metallic thermal-transfer ribbons made with resin-based ink formulations. Compatible with most coated paper label stocks, with high smudge-and scratch-resistance, says the company.
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Health claims

Everyone from mom to Uncle Sam urges people to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthful diet. So why did the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allow only raw fruits and vegetables to make a "healthy" claim on food labels?
Sm4;genFisk?s thermoforming/sealing machine (top) uses a roll of 18.5-mil polyester/PE sheet that unwinds from left to right. T
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Fresh seafood takes MAP tack in Sweden

Swedish producer SmgenFisk packs fresh seafood under a modified atmosphere, providing consumers with an alternative to frozen and smoked varieties.
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Autowrappers

The Flowtronic 510 from Autowrappers Europack (Norwich, Norfolk, England) is an automatic, mid-range autowrapper that individually wraps small products, such as candy pieces or biscuits.
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Kraft rotor closure improves TE

Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, IL, has improved the tamper evidence of the rotor closure used on its parmesan cheese. The previous closure consisted of a one-piece injection-molded high-density polyethylene rotor atop an aluminum end.
Bars discharge from the wrapper six at a time, with three continuing on one right-angled conveyor (above), three on another. Aft
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'Floating pocket' cartoner speeds ice cream novelty output

Ice cream novelty processing/packaging line helps Ingman Foods expand its product offerings in Finland.
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Dispensing closure

Seaquist Closures (Downers Grove, IL) has introduced the Tab Top(TM) dispensing closure for squeezable food products and household cleaners. Its heightened spout allows more accurate dispensing, while a spout-shaped lid facilitates one-handed opening.
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Decoration techniques unify Dial look

To impart an upscale look to its new Ultra Skin Care soaps, Phoenix-based Dial Corp. relies on printing and decorating technologies ranging from gravure-printed, film-laminated carton stock to hot foil stamping.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

H. B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN) intends to purchase the adhesives business of Eastman Chemical Co.
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EC loosens plastic food-contact rules

The European Commission (EC) agreed in principle to reduce the amount of toxicological testing required for plastics additives in food packaging. The reason?
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Quantum Chemical Co. (Cincinnati, OH) has selected Polymerland (Huntersville, NC) to sell its Petrothene® polyethylene resins.
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Chicken of the Sea passes muster

San Diego-based Van Camp Seafood's Chicken of The Sea® is believed to be the first tuna brand to be processed within a facility adhering to the federal government's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points program.
Added in the middle of last year, Tree Top?s PP closure includes a liner made of foamed PP and EVA copolymer. The materials sol
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Cap and liner top Tree Top's switch to PET

Changing from glass to heat-set PET boosts sales of apple juice and cider by 60% on 1-gal bottles. PP closure and EVA liner provide tamper-evidence and eliminate labor-intensive cap inspection.
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Meat labeling

According to a recently-released USDA survey, over 92% of retail stores had the required Safe Food Handling Labels on meat and poultry products. Because such labels are mandatory, USDA failed a store if one item within one category was found to lack the appropriate label.

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