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Suiza to acquire Continental Can

Dallas-based Suiza Foods, a mid-sized dairy and owner of blow molder Franklin Plastics in Franklin, MA, surprised industry observers by moving to acquire Continental Can Co.
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The robot?s gripper head picks up a case (above) after its bar-code label has been scanned. The scanned information is used to i
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Robotic palletization protects Sandvik

Automated lifting and stacking of heavy boxes onto pallets helps this maker of mining products avoid worker injuries and $120ꯠ of additional labor costs.
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Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP): Computer/line integration

Using Computer Technology to Achieve Packaging Line Integration and Automation is a comprehensive, 235-page textbook available from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Herndon, VA).
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Candy with a twist appeals to kids

Come up with a candy package that will appeal to children. That was the challenge issued to the European Consumer Products Div. of Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
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Tyson pleads guilty

After long defending itself against charges of giving some $12ꯠ in illegal gifts to then Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, Tyson Foods agreed to plead guilty and pay a $6 million penalty.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

International Paper (Purchase, NY) has created a Pressure Sensitive Papers Div., located in De Pere, WI, which brings together the manufacturing, converting and technical resources of the Nicolet, Thilmany and International Paper businesses.
Plastic bags containing foam dunnage neatly protect GT?s software shipments while also reducing the need for five hours of daily
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Foam dunnage computes for GT's software

Minnesota is no stranger to snow. But at GT Interactive's Plymouth plant, located in suburban Minneapolis, a far different kind of blizzard was hampering operations.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Jefferson Smurfit Corp. (St. Louis, MO): George Q. Langstaff, vp, converting and mktg., Industrial Packaging Div.
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Organic labeling rules proposed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on its proposal to establish uniform federal standards for use of the term "organic" in labeling both raw and processed foods.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Southwest Endseals, Inc. (Houston, TX) is a new company that manufactures sealing jaws for vf/f/s packaging machines. It is located at 5730 Nunn St., Houston, TX 77087; phone: 713/649-4852, fax: 713/649-8684.
Loose-fill dispersion at Borders (above) is activated by a footpedal. A central conveyor moves cartons into position to be fille
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Saving more than just peanuts

Bookstore chain Borders Group moves to a customized loose-fill system for distribution of its products to stores nationwide. Yearly savings are in excess of one million dollars.
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Bottled water taps Kidz' market

In recent years, bottled water has made quite a splash with adults. Now Hinckley & Schmitt Bottled Water Co. of Chicago is aiming at kids with Kidz Water(TM), a fluoridated bottled drinking water.
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Intralox: Conveyor belt

Intralox (New Orleans, LA) has introduced the Series 3000 knuckle chain, a modular plastic conveyor belt designed for conveying tubs, totes and boxes in straight or turning applications.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

MGS Machine Corp. (Maple Grove, MN) has purchased TL Feeding Systems (Osseo, MN).
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Porous molding material

Metapor is a micro-porous aluminum for thermoformers from International Mold Steel (Florence, KY). The material is air-permeable and is said to eliminate venting problems in thermoforming, blister packaging and film processing.
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Smirnoff 1.75 L relaunched in proprietary PET

Hoping to boost sales, United Distillers and Vintners, Hartford, CT, has relaunched its Smirnoff premium vodka in a proprietary 1.75-L polyethylene terephthalate package whose rollout was to be completed this month.
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ARPAC LLC: Tray packer/wrapper

Designed for the food, beverage and HBA industries, the Tray Star(TM) 60RC is a tray erecting, packing and shrink wrapping system from Arpac (Schiller Park, IL).
The stand-up pouch displays well in the store and differentiates Dutch-American1s breadings from cartoned product offered by the
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Breadings stand up

For 25 years, Dutch-American Foods of Dolton, IL, has sold its breading mixes to foodservice and institutional accounts. But last year the firm decided to market at retail, and management felt an unusual package would be a key to success.

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