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Two reciprocating fill funnels deliver walnuts to open bags, two at a time (above). Downstream, bags are picked up by robotic he
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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.
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Breathable can for Gloria Jean's coffees

For gift packs, Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffees of Castroville, CA, has switched from steel cans containing 1.75 oz of ground coffee to 4-oz foil/paperboard canisters.
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Blister packaging machine

An operational Model 4SC69 four-station blister packaging machine will be on display at Alloyd (DeKalb, IL). This automatic rotary heat-sealing machine is designed for space efficiency and reliability, and it reaches speeds to 20 cycles/min.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rovema, L.P. (Lawrenceville, GA) has a new supplier agreement with Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) for Allen-Bradley automation products on its vf/f/s machines.
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Country of origin

Congress is getting into the act over whether or not to require country-of-origin labeling on packaging. Rep. Sonny Bono (R-CA) introduced a bill mandating country of origin labeling for produce at the retail level, while Sen.
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Biodegradable polyester

DuPont Films (Wilmington, DE) has introduced a hydro/biodegradable polyester that is said to decompose without harm to the soil or environment. A modified PET polymer, Biomax can be made into fibers, films or resins, and has a melting point of around 200°C.
Early shipments of the product carried a label covering only half the lid, but now a round label covering the whole lid provide
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Fruit's best fresh, MAP cup proves

Canadian fruit marketer uses modified atmosphere packaging to get a fresh fruit combo, with an 18-day shelf life, to convenience stores via central distribution channels.
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Dietary supplements Kellogg wants claim Where's the fat?

ACalifornia State Dept. of Conservation study of that state's beverage container recycling law recommends changes that would simplify the way the bottle deposits fund recycling, potentially reducing paperwork for packagers.
Film is ink-jet coded prior to filling at speeds of 250?/min.
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Cheese wrapping on the double

State-of-the-art dual-lane 'hot pack' technology produces cheese slices hermetically sealed in film at 1길/min, with one operator. Integrated ink-jet printers code each slice for consumer convenience and quality control.
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Supplier news:

H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN): Ives S. Yohay, mgr.
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Rounding out paperboard packages to set them apart

When product/packaging development teams turn to the subject of paperboard carton structures, the discussion is generally pretty "boxy." How long, wide and deep must the carton be to hold the product?
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Horizontal wrapper

Cavanna U.S.A.'s (Sparta, NJ) new Easy Run® is an economical horizontal form/fill/seal machine that can wrap single or multiple products into pillow packs at speeds to 300 packs/min.
Validation of Organon?s newest vial labeler was made much easier by a comprehensive validation protocol devised by the vendor.
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Labeler makes the grade

Pharmaceuticals maker Organon, Inc. relied on its equipment vendor to devise a complete validation procedure for its new labeler before it hit the production floor.
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Zipper boosts sales of bagged carrots

After introducing a reclosable zipper for its 2- and 5-lb bags of peeled baby carrots last March, Grimmway Farms of Bakersfield, CA, saw its sales jump, says marketing manager Patty Boman.
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The 'slimy' side of FQPA

EPA and FDA are mucking up the approval process for slimicides and additives-at least temporarily. In addition, label changes for germicides are also at issue.
Vacuum arms pick two separate pieces of corrugated from a magazine and position them on opposite sides of the center can to serv
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A truly Superior ink packaging line

Automated filling, lidding, labeling and case packing line lets Superior Printing Ink consolidate far-flung operations under one roof. Bar-coded labels are printed on-line.
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Boskovich tests microwavable vegetable pack

Fresh produce in convenient, value-added packaging was in abundance at the recent Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago. Among those entering this fast-growing category is Boskovich Farms.
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Box boosts sales

An attractive dark green chipboard box topped with a clear lid of thermoformed polyvinyl chloride has already boosted orders this year for the Copper Mermaid line of Americana brass ornaments from Pen & Inc., Concord, NH.

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