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Discussions continue with FDA on labeling

Representatives of the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) met with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials in early February to discuss NFPA's petition to amend labeling regulations of health claims for foods.
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At left, an operator makes an adjustment at the control panel of Coca-Cola France?s new ?twin-stack? cartoner. A promotional
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Coca-Cola France meets international demand

New packaging system allows Coca-Cola Production, Socx, France, to "twin-stack" 33-cL cans into paperboard cartons to meet demands of consumers in France, Germany, Belgium, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Africa.
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Software systems 'pop' big savings for Weaver

Computer software helps Weaver Popcorn improve pallet patterns and downsize corrugated shippers. The result is savings of thousands in freight and material costs.
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Channelizer

Cintex's (Kenosha, WI) Microplan Channelizer provides up to four channel separations on urethane conveyors with variable speed drives to 200 ft/min.
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Vertical cartoner

The Clybourn Spectrum Series vertical cartoner from Sasib (Skokie, IL) reaches speeds to 300 containers/min. Accommodates a range of carton sizes with centers from 3" to 24".
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Europe's Packaging Waste Directive: What will it mean to you?

Packaging managers whose products are marketed in Europe need to know that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU) finally adopted a Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive covering household, commercial and industrial packaging last December.
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Of holograms and humans

Two toothpaste cartons are in the news this month, one for its hologram and the other for its humans. The hologram is on SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare's new Aquafresh Whitening® tooth- paste.
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Platen printer

Adolph Gottscho's (Union, NJ) platen printers for intermittent motion thermoforming, pouch and blister machines provide high quality imprints, scannable bar codes and graphics.
At Jugos? Mexico City plant, overwrapped trays of glass bottles of juices (above) are being produced at the bottling line?s sp
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Mexican juices packed to U.S. standards

Tray packs of cans and bottles wrapped in shrink film allow Jugos del Valle to compete both in Mexico and in the post-NAFTA U.S. markets.
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Coke's first contour bottle with PCR

Coca-Cola Co. chose Feb. 1 at the R'95 Conference in Geneva, Switzerland-an international conference on recovery, recycling, and reintegration-to announce the first-ever introduction of its famous contour bottle in a tri-layer format incorporating at least 25% post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate between layers of virgin PET.
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Shrink wrap system

Arpac's (Schiller Park, IL) Model BPTW-60 shrink wrap system overwraps 60 trays/min using either plain or print-registered PE film. It uses an overwrap flight bar system and single sheets of film cut by a rotary knife.
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F/f/s machine

Rennco's (Homer, MI) 501-36 f/f/s machine produces bags from 2" x 2" to 18" x 36", using various shrink films or PE. Uses a stepper film feed drive and motorized film feed cart.
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Semi-automatic shrink bundler

Aline Systems (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has introduced a shrink bundling system that can wrap round, rectangular and oblong shapes, with or without a tray.
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Pasted valve bags

The Hot Dot Bag from Bancroft Bag (West Monroe, LA) is a pasted valve bag that uses hot melt adhesive for superior sift resistance. For use with finely powdered foods and chemicals, the bag eliminates puffing of the product during filling, as well as sifting during handling.
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Dual in-line stretch wrapper

Kaufman (Toledo, OH) has introduced an automatic dual in-line stretch wrapper system that uses two lower-speed overhead arm stretch wrappers, rather than one high-speed wrapper, for optimum volume with decreased maintenance and downtime.
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26° of separation for poultry

A new standard to separate fresh and frozen poultry has been proposed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Spurred on by "news events" like bowling with frozen broilers, USDA has proposed that any poultry chilled below 26°F would have to be labeled as "previously frozen." In the past, USDA allowed processors to label as fresh all poultry even if it had been frozen to an internal temperature of 0°F.
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Multifunction controller

The Model OI100 from Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH) combines a PLC, programmable limit switch, data entry keyboard and message center into one controller.
Side view of the thermoformed PVC tray shows its 3 1/2? depth
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Packaging helps a new market blossom

California flower grower enters the foodservice market by developing an MAP packaging system that's right at home in the refrigerated foodservice distribution chain.

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