Brand managers who market their products in plastic cups are no longer limited to six colors now that Polytainers has commercialized an eight-color dry offset printer. Yogurt marketers are clearly impressed.
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To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) Cougar(TM)LS flowrapper now has a lap seal feature for use on shrink, PE and other films. Uses a rotary hot knife to form end seals, eliminating hot wires and producing attractive bead seals.
Dalemark's (Lakewood, NJ) Coditherm direct thermal transfer printer uses a thermal ribbon to print directly on corrugated, chipboard, blister cards, or wood, without the use of self-adhesive labels, inks or solvents.
The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.
Don Williams Packaging's (Belmont, CA) Model A-10 pneumatic bagging machine automatically opens and positions bags for both vertical filling applications-including salad, nuts and hardware-as well as horizontal filling of difficult-to-package products such as tortillas or paper goods.
Technical merit and marketing appeal were key elements in this year's winners of the Package and Label Competition, sponsored by the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators. Well-polished packages took home awards.
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.
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.
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.