Contract packaging news & trends

Out of 15 specific packaging functions, the list above were those most often mentioned by respondents to the survey. Most of the
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Materials and container development lead outsourced functions

Development of packaging materials and containers and the graphics that go on them are the functions most often outsourced, say Packaging World readers. However, packaging machinery selection, packaging line design and integration all make the Top Ten.
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BrainForest stands out at Pack Expo West

Sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Pack Expo West 97 drew 12겞 visitors to Las Vegas last month, up from 9걽 at the inaugural Pack Expo West in '95.
A custom-built seal tester squeezes bottles through a succession of vertical rollers to expose leakers or poor seals
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules

Several unorthodoxies on the filling line make it possible for this soft, squeezable, straight-walled polypropylene container to resist paneling after hot-filling. Also new is a first-of-its-kind on-line shrink label application in a bottling plant.
GardenTech Singles (top) are insecticide, fungicide and  herbicide concentrates available in unit-dose portions. They?re packed
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Unit-dose packaging for the garden

Consumers crave convenience, so this lawn and garden products manufacturer serves it up: single-dose pouches of home insecticides.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
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Fruit snack comes in a 'nifty' cup

Introduced in late August at 7-Eleven stores across the country was Sunfresh® FruitJelite(TM), a fruit gelatin snack in a colorful textured cup and foil lid.
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Canned marketing

Last month it was Pepsi/Frito-Lay snacks in a can for vending machines (see PW, Sept. '97, p. 4). What else does the future hold for automated vending?
Seven-color gravure printing and designer graphics give the Decas pouch an upscale look
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Decas does cranberries elegantly

Early tests showed real promise, so Decas Cranberry forged ahead with a stand-up, zippered pouch. Gravure-printed graphics in seven colors project premium quality image.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

A new contract packaging company called Quality Packaging Systems, Inc. (Colonial Heights, VA) has been formed and is located at 1701 Touchstone Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23834; phone: 804/520-0600, fax: 804/520-0215.
Three different feeders?a brush box for sticky gel capsules and two  channel feeders for compressed round and oval tablets?are u
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.

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