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Expopak 98 adds food and beverage equipment expo

The Thirteenth edition of Expopak, June 16 to 19 in Mexico City, now adds Procesa 98 for food and beverage manufacturers to enlarge its appeal to Latin American packagers.
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Widemouth cups will expand beverage packaging options

We've been looking at the newest generation of Ensure® nutritional supplement packaging and thinking that thermoformed or injection-molded cups<>in some advanced stage of development<>could be beer and carbonated beverage containers (CSDs) in the future.
Bottles ease onto and off of the filler turret via oversized-diameter starwheels (left), which cut down on splashing associat
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Putting the pressure on faster filling

A unique feeding system on Sweet Ripe Drinks' new pressure filler permits 750-bpm speeds with less glass breakage, higher accuracy and 15-minute changeover.
A checkweigher verifies that each bag has the correct tablet count (left), eliminating the need for an operator to verify counts
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Vitamins in a vacuum

Vacuum packages of vitamin tablets in foil, believed to be a first, provide Amway's Nutrilite Div. with a unique look for Pacific Rim markets.
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Laser-scored carton scores for La Costena

Mexico City-based La Coste"a may not have been the first in Mexico to market tomato-based products in aseptic brick packs. But when it did unveil its aseptic packs last August, they were anything but me-too offerings.
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Elopak, Inc: Aseptic pouch

An aseptic pouch for UHT-processed milks and liquids has been developed by Elopak Inc. (New Hudson, MI). The Elopouch(TM) is a coextruded structure made primarily from PE with up to six layers and is said to keep the product fresh for up to four months at ambient temperature.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
All four flavors of 13.5-oz Still Tango are aseptically filled in black PET bottles bearing striking graphics
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Britvic banks on being different

This UK beverage marketer was a pioneer in aseptically filled PET bottles. Other ambitious packages include matte-black coated glass for on-premise sales and black PET bottles in four sizes.
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Britvic banks on being different (sidebar)

McCain tests aseptically filled PET
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Rollstock, Inc: Vacuum packaging machine

Rollstock (Kansas City, MO) offers an automatic vacuum packaging machine for fresh or frozen food applications, including cheese, vegetables, meat, seafood, soup and sauces.

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