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Is Bud ready for plastics?

Wondering what the world's biggest brewer thinks about plastic bottles for beer? Anheuser-Busch tipped its hand, ever so slightly, at a recent technical conference.
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The label from the Just Pik?t brand emphasizes the juice is not pasteurized but rather frozen when it?s fresh
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Donnybrook over spring brooks (sidebar)

Putting the squeeze on fresh fruit juice
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Romaco, Inc: Blister packaging machine

The Romaco/Horn+Noack "Noack 900" blister packaging machine from Romaco (Morris Plains, NJ) produces up to 300 blister packs/ min on a 200 mm (7.8") web.
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PPT Vision: Machine vision system

PPT Vision's (Eden Prairie, MN) Passport® DSL (digital serial link) digital machine vision system and network is said to deliver sharp, noise-free images without distortion, signal degradation, or pixel jitter.
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George Gordon Assoc., Inc: Automated layer pack case loading system

Layer Pac Model LP-1000 case loading system from George Gordon Associates (Nashua, NH) forms layers on a live matrix generating table to eliminate back pressure.
By holding a die-cut handle at the top and shaking the bag, users can dispense ice melting compound through a mesh bottom gusset
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Bags stretch advantages for packagers and end users

Among FPA's winning packages sold at retail are a flat-bottom flexible bag made on first-of-its-kind vf/f/s machinery, a club-store bag incorporating a transverse zipper for reclosability, and a patented shaker bag that handily dispenses ice melt.
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EZ-Tek Industries Inc: Case sealer

The Easy-Taper Model BB-2SS is a stainless-steel case sealer from EZ-Tek Industries (Deer Park, NY). It's designed for use in wet areas where washdown may be required.
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition (sidebar)

Heinz weighs benefits of scale systems
The 14-head scale system1s (top) accuracy helps Basic American Foods reduce product giveaway. While bags (inset) are marketed fo
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Foodservice bag displays retail points

Basic American Foods launches a first-of-its-kind bag for dehydrated potatoes sold to foodservice markets. Pointillistic graphics attract customers while the bag reduces secondary packaging.
An improved bag for Manzate Fungicide (top) increases  productivity by 25%. GardenTech Singles (above) were developed with custo
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Agricultural winners at FPA

Two innovative flexible packages merit an 'A' for Agricultural.
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Omega Design Corp.: Shrink bundler

The Model FSB shrink bundler from Omega Design (Exton, PA) automatically collates, unitizes and wraps containers and/or cartons into a predetermined configuration.
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Packaging potatoes for consumer convenience

Add sliced potatoes to the growing list of branded, prepared produce packaged in flexible films for refrigerated display in the supermarket. Launched in the first week of January were four varieties of Fresh From The Start® potatoes from 50/50 partners Maine Packing of Caribou, ME, and Fresh From The Start LLC of Riverhead, NY.
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Automated Packaging Systems: Master bag system

Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) has introduced the Stacked Masterpack System, which takes products individually packaged in Autobags and places them in larger bags in groups of 25, 50 or 75.
Olin?s four new injection-molded containers for pool chemicals include the 5-lb size (right) with molded hand-grip and product m
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Olin takes air out of pool chemicals display

A new line of interlocking modular square containers was designed to meet retailers' needs. Design features, some patented, make containers consumer-friendly as well.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

CCL Container (Don Mills, Ontario, Canada) is consolidating all of its business entities, now operating as divisions of the company and using the same corporate name and logo.
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Widemouth cups will expand beverage packaging options

We've been looking at the newest generation of Ensure® nutritional supplement packaging and thinking that thermoformed or injection-molded cups<>in some advanced stage of development<>could be beer and carbonated beverage containers (CSDs) in the future.
On its new cast (left) and blown lines, film maker Woodland Poly expects to produce 18 million lb of polyethylene-based stretch
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Woodland Poly casts for western film business

Cast and blown film-making equipment, using metallocene resins, enable Woodland Poly to produce rugged stretch-wrap film in thin gauges for its customers in the west.
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Labeling uniformity

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) is crafting a message it plans to take to Capitol Hill renewing its call for uniform national food labeling standards.

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