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McNeil uses custom tools in its tf/f/s machine  to form individual packaging units that are  elegantly shaped. The portion-contr
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Packaging helps Johnson & Johnson enter food business

A custom thermoform and sophisticated packaging machinery help bring Johnson & Johnson's cholesterol-reducing Benecol spread to supermarkets across the country.
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A door on an automated splicing machine is opened (above) to show where a film roll is marked for a roll splice. The splicing co
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Cloud connects to auto splicing

Chicagoland contract packager ups efficiency by adding an automated splicer onto a rollstock-driven, high-speed hf/f/s pouch machine.
Ben Miyares, V.P. Industry Relations, PMMI
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Solutions 99 conference focuses on emerging technologies

Solutions 99 is the educational conference that will be part of Pack Expo Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20. Three mornings of seminars feature the latest topics in packaging. Pre-registration deadlines for the conference and for the show are Sept. 27.
The filler handles viscous product such as this wallpaper cleaning fluid
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Filling on a budget

Economical pressure filler is easy to operate and handles viscous product for start-up contract packager GLH Industries.
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Smoothie label sends fresh message

Pacific Beach, the newest brand to merge into the herbally enhanced smoothie tidal wave, sets itself apart by listing non-fat yogurt and chunks of fruit among its ingredients.
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Beverage company invests in new bottles, labeler

Since its inception in 1992, Tradewinds beverages has seen three different bottle designs, with the most recent hitting store shelves in mid-April.
Vividly decorated three-dimensional comp boxes for computer games such as these have helped Eidos sway retail buyers to stock th
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Eidos plays no games in making package comps

Colorful game box comps produced digitally help Eidos Interactive sell computer games to retail buyers before boxes are created for production.
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Buying plans strong for '99

Purchasing plans for packaging machinery will outpace inflation in '99, says a survey conducted for PMMI. Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage businesses see biggest gains, while three industries expect declines.
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Nestlé deploys in-line pouch shaping

Nestlé France S.A. is pushing the bounds of stand-up pouch shaping technology with a contour pouch for Nescafé instant coffee. Available only in Europe, the 100-g pouch is shaped like the Nescafé glass jar because it's positioned as a refill for the jar.
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Luxurious look for premium products

A new line of Log Cabin syrups and pancake mixes fills a gap in the marketplace between mainstream brands and high-priced specialty brands, says Ed Yuhas, director of con-sumer marketing for Aurora Foods, Columbus, OH.

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