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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.
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
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.
News
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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.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Multiform Desiccants, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) has changed its name to Multisorb Technologies, Inc.
Syntron?s pregnancy test kits use a desiccant tablet that?s embedded directly into the handle of the test wand during assembly.
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Desiccant works sight unseen

Syntron Bioresearch eliminates a packaging step by switching from a desiccant pouch to a tablet embedded right inside its product, a medical test kit for pregnancy.

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