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Graphics boost beverage launch

Now being launched in select markets around the country are ?-L (16.9-oz) bottles of Hydrators, a lightly flavored natural spring water from Aqua Vie Beverage Corp., Sun Valley, ID.
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Additions to private label expo

New this year at Private Label Expo, April 4-6 in Las Vegas, is Contract Packaging Expo. It’s said to be America’s first pure trade show of packaging service providers for hard and soft consumer goods.
Seen in the foreground and background (below left) are unusual blending scale systems that deliver IQF vegetables (such as those
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Contract packager blends vf/f/s systems

Unusual integrated blending scale systems enable a California contract packager to fill as many as nine different individually quick-frozen vegetables into a single bag.
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Contract Packaging Inc: Contract Packaging Inc: Contract Packaging Inc: Square bottle

Continental Laboratories (Madrid, IA) has introduced a new bottle available for contract packaging. The 1.45-oz rounded natural square bottle comes with an 18/415 neck opening that can accommodate both straight-sided and ball caps.
Slim Stick packs for ConAgra?s Sidewalk Café are produced five/cycle (above) on Japanese equipment at contract manufacturer
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Equipment 'Powers' stick-pack production

Fullerton, CA-based ConAgra Grocery is among the first to use a slim stick pack, for its Sidewalk Caf/ instant cappuccino. Contract manufacturer/packager The Power Group packs the product on Japanese equipment.
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.
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Outsourcing pavilion new at Pack Expo Las Vegas 99

To address the nearly 56% of companies using one or more contract packagers, PMMI's third western show, held Oct. 18 to 20, will feature an Outsourcing Resource Pavilion.
The78-valve filler has no bottle platforms that carry bottles through the filling process. That task is performed instead by a s
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Liquid filler yields better accuracy

A new hot-fill liquid filler is improving yields and filling accuracy for contract packager Beverage Capital (Baltimore, MD) and customers such as Triarc Beverage Group, White Plains, NY, whose well-known Snapple beverages are filled on the machine.
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.
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.

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