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American-Newlong, Inc: Pinch-bag sealer

American-Newlong's (Indianapolis, IN) PBC-S automatic pinch-bag sealer uses a carrier chain to seal multiwall paper bags at speeds to 45/min. A hot air blower is used to reactivate preapplied hot melt.
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Labeling uniformity

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) is crafting a message it plans to take to Capitol Hill renewing its call for uniform national food labeling standards.
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Goodwrappers: Stretch-wrap manual

Goodwrappers (Baltimore, MD) is offering a "Wrapping Techniques Manual." The 32-page guide focuses on the two main tasks, stabilizing loads and unitizing loads, that stretch wrapping accomplishes.
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Mobile blister packager

The EZ Blister(TM) from UK-based Sepha Products (Irvine, CA) is a semi-automatic blister packer for pharmaceutical use. Separate stations form, seal and cut/perforate blisters.
The 14-head scale system1s (top) accuracy helps Basic American Foods reduce product giveaway. While bags (inset) are marketed fo
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Foodservice bag displays retail points

Basic American Foods launches a first-of-its-kind bag for dehydrated potatoes sold to foodservice markets. Pointillistic graphics attract customers while the bag reduces secondary packaging.
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Automated Packaging Systems: Master bag system

Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) has introduced the Stacked Masterpack System, which takes products individually packaged in Autobags and places them in larger bags in groups of 25, 50 or 75.
On its new cast (left) and blown lines, film maker Woodland Poly expects to produce 18 million lb of polyethylene-based stretch
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Woodland Poly casts for western film business

Cast and blown film-making equipment, using metallocene resins, enable Woodland Poly to produce rugged stretch-wrap film in thin gauges for its customers in the west.
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ITW Dynatec: Hot melt applicator

ITW Dynatec (Hendersonville, TN) has introduced the MAX(TM) Hand Applicator, a multi-axis, hand-held hot melt adhesive applicator designed with ease of use in mind.
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Widemouth cups will expand beverage packaging options

We've been looking at the newest generation of Ensure® nutritional supplement packaging and thinking that thermoformed or injection-molded cups<>in some advanced stage of development<>could be beer and carbonated beverage containers (CSDs) in the future.
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CCL Label, Inc: CCL Label, Inc: Brochure series

CCL Label (Itasca, IL) has released a series of brochures. The first, an eight-page "Guide to High Impact Labeling," provides a general overview of the company and its line of labels for the personal care, pharmaceutical, promotional, food and beverage, and wine industries.
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FSIS considers labeling reviews without industry representation

A food labeling trade group has expressed concern that industry representatives may be barred in the future from face-to-face meetings with federal regulators that review new labels for meat and poultry products.
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H.B. Fuller : Clear hot melt

HL-4137 from H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN) is a clear hot melt for applying clear film labels to glass, plastic and other containers. It runs on web-fed and cut-to-stack labeling equipment and comes packaged in coextruded pillows.
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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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