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A wide-mouth first in PET

Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
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Bass is bullish on beer in plastic

Few brewers have gone as far as Bass in developing a plastic bottle for beer. Now Bass wonders when U.S. brewers will get on board to help drive bottle costs down.
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition (sidebar)

Heinz weighs benefits of scale systems
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Resin price protection

At least two firms are now offering hedging services for packagers that buy or manufacture large volumes of rigid or flexible plastic packaging. Such risk management services allow packagers to purchase price-protection contracts for plastic resins, mitigating the effects of resin price fluctuations over a fixed period of time.
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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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Hot melt case erector/sealer

Running at speeds to 15 cases/min, the Pro Forma 112 hot melt case erector/sealer from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) is designed for low-volume applications.
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Southcorp Packaging USA: Plastic paint can

Southcorp Packaging (Atlanta, GA) has introduced a PP paint can called Max-Tite(TM). Injection-molded can body, ring and lid weigh a total of 250 g.
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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.
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AET Films: Product manual

A 132-page manual from AET Films (New Castle, DE) describes the company's OPP film products. The book is divided into ten sections covering four film types: transparent, metallized, white opaque and label.
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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.
The redesigned bags of chopped and shelled walnuts (left) provide a stronger brand identity than did their predecessor (above).
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Mariani's sales go nuts following graphic redesign

Richer, more vibrant colors, traditional logo and product viewing window trigger strong sales gains for Mariani, a California nut grower and processor.
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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.
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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Case erector/sealer

The 417HS continuous high-speed case erector/bottom sealer from S.V. Dice (Walnut, CA) is engineered to run up to 60 cases/min. Its compact design allows integration into new or existing lines where floor space is scarce.
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Twister takes a whole new shape

For its Twister brand juice beverage, Tropicana North America has launched a 1.75-L (59.3-oz) heat-set bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate that the Bradenton, FL, firm describes as "the first heat-set, hot-filled (180°+) rectangular PET bottle" for a juice beverage in the U.S.
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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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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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