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Meats like Hormel?s Spam that are heat processed in the can are critically dependent on the package integrity for wholesomeness
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USDA keeps on trucking with HACCP

USDA is ready to issue a joint proposal with FDA on warehousing and distribution of packaged foods. New safety requirements could affect packaging.
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With its new twin-head filling system (left), Mid-Florida Mining can more evenly blend cat   litter and scented crystals. Both
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Twin-auger filler is pick of the litter

Automated filling and capping of jugs containing cat litter helps Mid-Florida Mining reduce giveaway by 83% and labor costs by 45%. Increased efficiency helps push new product offerings and increase sales.
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Nonfoil lidding

A new high-barrier, nonfoil, flexible lidding structure from American Packaging (Rochester, NY) permits on-line metal detection of food products.
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Toy-in-package meets new markets

The venerable Sesame Street® characters have weathered storms of purple dinosaurs and Indian princesses to remain solid favorites among children. But when Minnetonka Brands introduced new Sesame Street Tearless Shampoo, the firm still had to design packaging to make the product stand out from the competition.
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Mary Kay bottles body care products

Customized extrusion/blow-molded bottles are providing marketing appeal and consumer convenience for personal care products sold by Dallas-based Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Filled and capped bottles
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Seals create I-D for lubricant

Induction-sealed PVC bottles that don't leak enable Westridge Laboratories to introduce personal lubricant to the pharmaceutical market and boost sales substantially.
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Material handling

Omron Electronics, Inc. (Schaum-burg, IL) has issued a new six-page, full color brochure called "Material Handling and Packaging Solutions," which highlights its factory automation systems controls for a wide range of industries.
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Heublein 'autographs' a clear winner

Decanter for Smirnoff vodka will lead retailers into the holiday season. Crystal-like bottle and stopper signal reuse with the Smirnoff signature in view. Most sales command a premium price.
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USDA wants disclosure on poultry ingredients labeling

On November 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a final ruling requiring packagers of hot dogs, bologna, and sausage to be more forthcoming in the ingredients statement if their products contain chicken or turkey meat.
After filling, printed rollstock is perforated, cut and guided over the container before it enters the shrink tunnel. Perfecting
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Shaping new markets

Cacique pushes for mainstream acceptance of drinkable yogurt with a striking container design and vibrant full-body shrink label graphics.
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Coffee beverage sparkles in test

Mazagran sparkling coffee, the first product of a joint venture between Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. and Somers, NY-based Pepsi-Cola Co., has made its debut in Southern California.
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Single-stage is on stage at Coke plant

The great debate
The new water-based formula for WaterSeal Ultra allows the use of    pearlized blue HDPE containers, an F-style 1-gal jug and a
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Premium is as premium does

New Thompson's Ultra Water Seal employs pearlized HDPE containers and a variety of handsome labels to communicate the product's improvements.
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Capping system

Alcoa Closure Systems (Indiana-polis, IN) has introduced the Intelli-Torq capping system. For use with both lined and linerless plastic closures on glass or plastic bottles, the sys-tem en-sures consistent re-moval torques and proper sealing with a variety of closure/ container combinations.
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Digital servo drive

Indramat (Wood Dale, IL) has introduced the DKR digital AC servo drive for multi-axis converting applications that require both high power and high accuracy, such as unwinding/rewinding, rotary die cutting and flexographic printing.
These 8-oz bottles of milk-it! brand milk in six-packs will debut in January in Orlando. Inset shows close-up of the bottle?s
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Fresh milk flirts with 'value added' packaging

Extrusion blown of LDPE and topped with a unique closure injection molded of the same material, this new package could give milk a whole new single-serve image.
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Liquid packaging brochure

Horix Mfg. (McKees Rocks, PA) offers literature on its expanded line of packaging machinery in these full color brochures. Horix technology incorporates unscramblers, rinsers, fillers, cappers, labelers, packers, wrappers, storage silos, vibratory extractors, automatic elevators, and conveyor systems.
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Tear tape

Linear Products (Vancouver, WA) has introduced 1/4" Sesame® Tape Plus tear tape. When applied to corrugated boxes, it enables retailers, consumers or industrial suppliers to open boxes without a knife.

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