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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) has sold its labeling business to Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Padlocker (Tamarac, FL) will represent the Cetra line of tray and wraparound case packers in North and South America.
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Food identity labeling

The federal government is rethinking its regulations on standards of identity for food products and how such identities should be stated on package labels.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Multi-Plastics (Westerville, OH) has relocated its College Park, GA, converting facility to a newly constructed 36ꯠ sq' plant in Peachtree City, GA.
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Going with the flow

New centralized ink system keeps ink flowing for hassle-free ink-jet printing at Arcadia Farms. Ink supply can be changed on the fly.
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Kraft's clamshell says 'Manchego'

Kraft Foods de Mexico's new Manchego-style cheese slices are merchandised in a clear hinged clamshell that's thermoformed from a custom resin. Value-added package results in brisk sales.
Controls Product Brief
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Vertical form/fill/seal

A new series of vertical form/ fill/seal machines from Packaging Aids (San Rafael, CA) bags food and non-food products into overlap-, gusset-, fin- and flat bottom-style bags at speeds to 120 bags/min.
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Infant formula GMPs could be something to cry about

Potentially irritating packaging requirements from the FDA could give infant formula manufacturers and their packagers a bad case of diaper rash. FDA suggests that written specifications for packaging could lead to a system of packaging guarantees.
The sterile bath for the lidding material, shown here with the door open, is normally filled with a water solution that?s 35% H2
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Dairy makes markets abroad

German dairy starts up two aseptic thermoform/fill/seal lines that produce yogurt and pudding with a 130-day unrefrigerated shelf life.
Software included in the Food Label Design kit enables designers to incorporate appropriate Nutrition Facts panels into their pa
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Hershey kisses NLEA headaches goodbye

Graphic designer at Hershey Chocolate uses software nutrition kit to simplify compliance with NLEA regulations.
The European Union?s Ecolabel symbol (top) can be used on packages that meet its standards. The Green Dot (far left) has been us
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In Europe, packaging take-backs are hot

Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrappers

Orion Packaging (Memphis, TN) will show its full line of semi- and fully automatic stretch-wrapping equipment. Both rotary turntable and rotary tower models will be demonstrated.
Controls Product Brief
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Display case packer for pouches

The Key Display Packer from Key Automation (W. St. Paul, MN) can run up to three lanes of pouches received from a high-speed horizontal form/fill/seal machine.
The PS resin used for Wilkinson?s DeltaPak, shown here in the trim press, has a modifier that gives the container just the right
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Food retailers like OPS tub for in-store applications

Wilkinson extrudes and thermoforms a two-piece tub with a snap-fit seal that keeps food fresh. Resin consistency and the right copolymer modifier help a lot.
Materials Product Brief
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Bag inserter

Model Y1928 bag inserter from R.A. Pearson Co. (Spokane, WA) eliminates manual labor by inserting perforated, pre-sealed bags from rollstock into corrugated cases at speeds of 15 cases/min.
Materials Product Brief
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Bander stretch wrappers

Ciratec's (Phillipsburg, NJ) B900 Bander Series of stretch wrappers provide an economic alternative to orbital wrappers, and are effective in low-speed applications where an operator may be required.
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Case packer

The Pouch Packer from SWF/Dyna-Pak (Sanger, CA) automatically packs stand-up pouches, four-side-sealed and other flexible packages into corrugated cases at speeds to 100 packs/min.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Printing press mfrs. Aquaflex Systmes Inc. (Boucherville, Quebec, Canada) and Webtron (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) have created a new Hong Kong-based subsidiary called Aquaflex/ Webtron Hong Kong Ltd.

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