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Blister packs and lidded cups are two prominent techniques for providing single-dose packs of medication. A worker at Packaging
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Federal 'medicine' for drug errors may be hard to swallow

Agencies are now considering requirements for unit-dose packaging and bar coding of containers to reduce the potential for medication errors.
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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.
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Cosmetics are big winners in packaging competition (sidebar)

Additional NACD award winners: Novelties category
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Packaging power prominent at HBA Global Expo '98

The power of packaging in marketing cosmetics and personal care products will be a major theme at this year's HBA Global Expo '98, June 8 to 10 at New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center.
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Cosmetics are big winners in packaging competition (sidebar)

Additional NACD award winners: Drug & Pharmaceutical category
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Dalemark Industries Inc: Thermal-transfer printer

Dalemark Industries (Lakewood, NJ) has developed the XXTREME thermal-transfer printer for blister cards and strip and fanfold labels. Suitable for most materials, in widths from 1.2" to 6.1".
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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.
PET bottles are used to emulate the look of glass in Sebastian?s Total Indulgence9; line of body care products (left). It was
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Cosmetics are big winners in packaging competition

The 35th annual NACD awards competition attracted more than its share of entries in the cosmetics category, including the Bernard M. Seid Best of Show winner.
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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Supplier news: International agreements

Ramsey-Thermo Sentron (Minneapolis, MN) has agreed to acquire Goring Kerr (Windsor, U.K.), Best Inspection (Welwyn, Garden City, U.K.) and Allen Coding & Marking Systems (Redditch, U.K.) from Smiths Industries PLC (London, England, U.K.).
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Russell-Stanley (Red Bank, NJ) will open a combination plastic drum blow-molding/recycling plant in Allentown, PA.
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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: Achievements

Metsys received Best of Show award at the recent Society for Technical Communication competition for its development of Theory and Concepts of Metal Detection computer-based training program.
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ID Technology: Ink-jet system with reject station

I.D. Technology (Ft. Worth, TX) has designed a custom high-resolution ink-jet coding system that prints, scans and verifies bar codes on two sides of a case or carton.
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Water bottle vends like a can

Lancaster, PA-based Cloister Spring Water recently introduced its new H2O Cool spring water as "the first, the only 12-oz PET bottle that vends like a can." This allows the bottle to be sold through vending machines designed for canned soft drinks.
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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.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Krones AG (Neutraubling, Germany) has purchased the assets of Kettner (Rosenheim, Germany), a maker of palletizers, and will continue to operate the company as a subsidiary.

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