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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

HealthStar Inc. (Quincy, MA) has formed a special internal engineering unit to focus on rebuilding tablet presses at its new Diagnostic Center and Remanufacturing facility.
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Square PET container

Clearplass Containers (Penn Yan, NY) has introduced a 16-oz addition to its line of stock PET containers. This new square bottle accepts a 38-mm TE, resealable snap closure.
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Coffee can with valve device

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) has developed a new composite canister that allows coffee beans hot off the grinder to be packaged. This innovative opening feature incorporates a one-way pressure-release valve that allows CO2 to escape, eliminating the need for standard vacuum packaging.
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Part 2How purchasing copes with higher prices

Last month, PW's exclusive survey showed which packaging materials have shown increased prices and their effects on purchasing. In Part Two, purchasers explain the negative effects these prices have on product prices, and even on product sales.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Kolmar Laboratories (Port Jervis, NY) formed a joint venture with CCL Pharmaceuticals (Runcorn, England) to target pharmaceutical markets; CCL Custom Manu- facturing (Rosemont, IL) recently acquired Parkfields, a sterile liquid-filling facility in the U.K.
At Bandini, once a load is positioned on the turntable of the stretch wrapper (top), the top sheet is pulled out in the film fra
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Keeping dirt clean

Bags of premium nursery soils don't sell well when they're dirty or faded. Bandini Fertilizer moves to automatic wrapping of pallet loads with a cover to keep bags-and company image-clean.
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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.
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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Philip Morris adds "underage" notice

New York-based Philip Morris U.S.A. announced Aug. 8 that it had begun adding the notice "Underage Sale Prohibited" to its cigarette packs and cartons at all three of its U.S.
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Supplier news: Association leaders

National Soft Drink Assn. (Washington, DC): Barbara J. Halpin, mgr., environmental affairs.
Materials Product Brief
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Fill/seal/cap system

Autoprod (Booth 3574) has reduced cup diameter changeover time on its Fast-Pak in-line fill/seal/cap system from two hrs to 30 min. On display at WestPack, the FP 1 x 4 TE system fills liquid, preset, semi-solid, particulate and multiple fill products in 4-oz to 10-lb containers at speeds to 12ꯠ cups/hr.
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Eclipsing the competition

Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for OTC sales, SmithKline Beecham's new Tagamet HB is one of the first "Acid blocker" products to reach the re-tail market.
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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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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.
With its software system, Bueno Foods can order more exact case sizes to efficiently fill individual units within each case. Exa
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Software proves "bueno" for Mexican food producer

Bueno Foods turns to software to more efficiently pack pouches and cups into corrugated shipping cases, then stack those cases onto a pallet. The result: Lower labor costs, reduced case inventories, and more space in the warehouse.
Materials Product Brief
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PET rounds

Kranson Industries (St. Louis, MO) has introduced a new family of PET rounds in 1-, 2- and 4-oz sizes. The 1- and 2-oz sizes have a 0.8" finish, while the 4 oz has a 0.9" finish.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors for increasing prices
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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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