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Supplier news: International agreements

Elopak Inc.'s (New Hudson, MI) Norwegian parent company has established a carton converting joint venture with Grupo Industrial Lala (Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico) to be named Envases Elopak S.A.
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Product is automatically fed into canisters by a PLC-controlled four-bucket filler (above). Product reaches the four individual
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Keebler becomes a canister convert

When consumers showed how much they liked resealable composite canisters for Animal Crackers, Keebler responded by launching other products in that package format.
Frozen soup is stored in this walk-in freezer until a frozen food distributor picks it up for delivery to supermarkets
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Tabletop filler boosts soups

Since a tabletop filler was installed last December, restaurant Barnum & Bagel is enjoying solid growth in supermarket sales of its frozen soups in PP tubs and lids
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Lozenges are blister-packed, flow-wrapped

Seeking to make the packaging for its Throaties medicated lozenges more consumer-friendly, Ernest Jackson, based in Crediton, Devon, England, switched from a foil bag-in-carton to an overwrapped blister card.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Paper Converting Machine Co. (Green Bay, WI) began a $3 million expansion effort to double the assembly space of both its Packaging Machinery Div. and Renard Machinery Div.
One applicator arm applies two separate labels to the end of each case (top, opposite page) and the side (left
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Corner-wrap labeling without the wrap

A pair of easy-to-use adjacent-panel labelers each relies on one applicator arm to apply two separate labels, reducing material costs compared to corner wrap labels.
Machine Product Brief
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Graphic Packaging Intl.: Continuous-motion cartoner

Minnesota Automation's (Crosby, MN) new continuous-motion cartoner can run cartons from 11/2" x 3/4" x 4" to 7" x 3" x 7" at speeds to 250/min.
Materials Product Brief
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Slautterback Corp.: Hot melt data sheet

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) is offering a full-color data sheet describing its new HD1 Head Driver designed to enhance electric head-valve performance in a hot melt adhesive applicator system.
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Irradiation labeling, or not?

As FDA considers new labeling requirements for irradiated foods, a recent consumer study shows that while nearly half of those surveyed accept the term irradiation, more of them (55%) preferred the terms "cold pasteurization" and "electronic pasteurization." The study was commissioned by the Food Marketing Institute in collaboration with the Grocery Manufacturers of America, National Restaurant Assn., and American Meat Institute.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) has acquired four French converting operations and a paper mill from La Rochette Group (Paris, France).
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Packing process grows on Teixeira Farms

California produce grower lengthens lettuce shelf life and saves material costs by switching from waxed cases to a bag-in-box configuration.
Materials Product Brief
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Slautterback Corp.: Hot melt applicator

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) has introduced the JR-5 hot melt adhesive applicator. It is a manually operated, self-contained system consisting of a melt unit and the LF Handgun attached to an electronically heated hose.
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Ultra-premium wines look the part

"What's really distinctive here is ACL plus a paper label." That's how Gary Glass, director of business development at Sutter Home Winery, sums up the unique approach to decoration taken by this St.
Machine Product Brief
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Imaging Technology Inc: Ink-jet printer

For use with small- to medium-sized operations, the Marksman(TM) 2020 from ITI (Cookeville, TN) is said to be the first ink-jet printing system capable of printing on both porous and nonporous surfaces simultaneously.
Materials Product Brief
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Net-weigh filling machines

Fill-Weigh (Plainfield, IL) has introduced a portable two-head net-weigh filling machine for jugs and pails of liquid products of varying viscosities.
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Federal funding fears

The National Food Processors Assn. worries that the approval of new and safer anti-microbial sterilants for food packaging and revision of irradiation disclosure labeling requirements could be in funding jeopardy.
Materials Product Brief
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All Packaging Machinery: All Packaging Machinery: All Packaging Machinery: Vertical sealing system

Model VCBS-1/4T-6"x5' continuous band sealer is from All Packaging Machinery (Ronkonkoma, NY). It has a lower-speed conveyor to accommodate light to heavy-duty applications.
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Off-line case feeder

The TR-1000 off-line case feeder from Certified Machinery (Lawrenceville, NJ) is specifically designed for use in conjunction with ink-jet printers, labelers, print/apply systems and verification equipment.

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