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26° of separation for poultry

A new standard to separate fresh and frozen poultry has been proposed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Spurred on by "news events" like bowling with frozen broilers, USDA has proposed that any poultry chilled below 26°F would have to be labeled as "previously frozen." In the past, USDA allowed processors to label as fresh all poultry even if it had been frozen to an internal temperature of 0°F.
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AmeriStar's industrial winners

Winners of the 1994 AmeriStar Package awards were announced November 12 at a reception held in conjunction with Pack Expo in Chicago. Sponsored by the Herndon, VA-based Institute of Packaging Professionals, recipients in the Industrial Category included a multi-compartment paperboard container for pressure transmitters and a polycarbonate suspension system for silicon wafers.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn) sold its polypropylene business to Huntsman Chemical (Salt Lake City, UT).
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Bag reclosure

The Fold 'n Hold reclosure from Bedford Industries (Worthington, MN) consists of PE-coated vertical wires that form a tab that can be applied to bags of dry products such as popcorn, cereal, pet food or coffee.
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Milking graphic appeal

Who else would Columbus, OH-based Borden Inc. be targeting with its new Crazy Milk lowfat milk product?
When counterfeiters can reproduce holograms like those that appear on Microsoft?s packaging, it?s almost impossible to police pi
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Chesebrough decision strips away protection

If an appellate court decision stands, protection has narrowed for trade dress in packaging. P&G's newest suits could prove troublesome.
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Cargo restraint brochure

Walnut Industries (Bensalem, PA) now offers a 4-page brochure on the Ty-Gard freight restraint system. It describes how the 15" wide bands of industrial fiber-reinforced material adhere to vehicle walls via Ty-Bond, a dry, high-strength adhesive with minimal peel resistance.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

ICI Chemicals and Polymers (Wilmington, DE) will reorganize its Polyester Intermediates and Polymers Business into three regions.
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When 'green' fails at the cash register

Consumers are proving that it isn't enough for packaging to be demonstrably better for the environment than the packaging used for a competitive product.
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HDPE films

The V-Max(TM) family of HDPE films from Van Leer Flexibles (Houston, TX) use Alathon® HDPE resins from Occidental Chemical Corp. V-Max is an extremely flat high-grade film used for food, medical packaging, and release liner applications.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 registration: Bemis Co.'s Pepperell, MA. plant; Jefferson Smurfit Corp's Anderson, IN, container plant; Rex-Rosenlew Intl. Inc.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Pillsbury Co., Minneapolis, MN, signed a 20-year agreement with Seneca Foods Corp., Pittsford, NY, to make Seneca the main processor of Green Giant canned vegetables.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Chemical Sector Exel Logistics North America (Columbus, OH): Niels Aalund, business development mgr.
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Rigid vinyl film

Previously available from Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonville, VA) as a three-layer adhesive lamination of vinyl/PE/ACLAR®, Pentapharm® ACLAR rigid vinyl film is now available with or without a PE layer.
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Revamped Bottle Bill Could Be Worth Cost, Study Says

A new study on the costs and benefits of a national bottle bill conducted for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that the social benefits of deposit legislation would slightly outweigh the costs-provided a least-cost system were adopted.
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Single-piece drum

Sonoco Products, Industrial Container Div. (Hartsville, SC), introduces a single-piece 55-gal drum with a concave center sump for optimal drainability of 100 ml or less.
Cafe Classics come two per carton. Close-up (left) shows the bottom of a container after its tab has been pulled open and the pr
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Cheese marketer stretches packaging technology (sidebar)

Unique technology behind Cafe Classics
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New LDPE resin

Petrothene® NA 336-201 is a new LDPE resin from Quantum Chemical (Cincinnati, OH). It contains a high-level of slip agent that makes it suitable for thin-gauge film lines running at high output rates.

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