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'Suppliers must source tag!'

"Manufacturers who have vision are already source tagging. Now we must convince the rest of them that source tagging is in their best interest." Such was the message delivered by Enzo Cerra, senior vp of marketing for Largo, FL-based Eckerd Corp., to packagers, manufacturers and retailers at a recent meeting of the RF Users Group in Chicago last month.
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USDA/FDA wrap new demands around meat, poultry packaging

No longer will food companies accept self-certification from vendors. In fact, some new packaging has already been pulled from the market.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Joseph F. Matthews, Maxson Automatic Machinery Co., has received the Leadership and Service Award from the Finishing and Converting Div. of the Technical Assn.
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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FMI endorses OTC changes

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) supports FDA's proposed regulation to establish a standardized labeling format for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. But in comments to FDA, the trade group asked for national uniformity in requirements for OTC drug product labeling.
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Britvic banks on being different (sidebar)

McCain tests aseptically filled PET
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Country-of-origin labeling on the fast track?

The Clinton Administration is fighting for renewal of its fast-track negotiating authority in international trade. Meanwhile, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is fighting to see that the proposal to require front panel country-of-origin marking on packages of frozen fruits and vegetables doesn't get wrapped into the fast track bill by supporters willing to trade their vote on fast track for inclusion of the labeling proposal.
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Volpak: Volpak: Vertical f/f/s system

ACMA/GD (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Volpak VR-200 high-speed vertical form/fill/seal system. Produces pillow-style, side-gusseted and block-bottom pouches for liquid and dry products, including pouches with reclosable zippers and pop-up straws, at speeds to 150/min.
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Final rule issued on dietary supplement labeling

More than two years in the making, a final rule on dietary supplements has finally been issued. It takes effect March 23, 1999, and it applies to products containing ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, herbs or amino acids intended to supplement the diet.
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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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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Pressco Technology Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has purchased the machine vision assets of LumenX Co. (Mogadore, OH).
Since containers must be completely dry prior to shrink labeling, they pass through a series of air blowers that remove all resi
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules (sidebar)

Shrink labelers make their North American debut
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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.
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Consumers want better packaging

Friends and family who know I have "something to do with" packaging are always asking me to pass on their packaging complaints, observations and requests.
All four flavors of 13.5-oz Still Tango are aseptically filled in black PET bottles bearing striking graphics
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Britvic banks on being different

This UK beverage marketer was a pioneer in aseptically filled PET bottles. Other ambitious packages include matte-black coated glass for on-premise sales and black PET bottles in four sizes.
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Peristaltic pump filler

ELF Machines (LaPorte, IN) has developed a two-head metered dispensing system suitable for laboratory or pharmaceutical applications. It fills thin and slightly viscous liquids into containers ranging from 0.25 mL to 500 mL.
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.
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Label-Aire: Label-Aire: Multi-labeler

Designed to meet the growing demand for incorporating electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags at the time of packaging, Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) has introduced the Multi-Labeler high-speed EAS applicator.

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