Desiccants

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Printed desiccant bags

United Desiccants (Belen, NM) now offers four-color printing on its Container Dri® line of desiccant bags. This allows company logos and graphics to be display-ed on the white front panel of the desiccant bag.
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Desiccant strips

Desiccare (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has introduced its continuous-strip desiccant product for use on automated dispensing equipment at speeds of 240 packs/ min.
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Static shielding pouches

Suited for products sensitive to electrostatic discharge, static shielding pouches from Polyair Packaging (Chicago, IL) employ Polyair's pink antistatic bubble for shock absorption, and a metallized polyester layer for shielding electrostatic discharge.
The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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Desiccant cap and vial

United Desiccants (Belen, NM) will show its newest product line, desiccant cap and vial. A desiccant sits inside the cap of a vial to provide moisture protection.
Though HDPE bottles (below left) served The Body Shop well for many years, the new look of PET (above) is viewed by the firm a
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No-label look hits PET bottles

For 17 years The Body Shop's hair, bath and fragrance products have been filled in HDPE bottles. Now PET is taking over, along with a disc-style closure and a no-label look.
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Olestra label dispute

Procter & Gamble Co. and Frito-Lay, the nation's biggest snack manufacturer, are asking FDA to accept less explicit language in labeling requirements for products containing olestra, a fat replacement ingredient developed by P&G.
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Gabletop proves Fruitful for foodservice

Damon Industries begins packing juice and drink concentrates in gabletop cartons for foodservice accounts out West. A retail version is possible next year. Contract packers will help expand sales nationwide within five years.
Ener-G Foods is phasing out the package on the far left, produced from rollstock on a thermoform/seal machine, in favor of the
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Ener-G goes glass

Silica-coated polyester in a three-layer pre-made bag gives Ener-G Foods the 12-month shelf life needed to market its dietetic bread products around the world.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.

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