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Pepsi enters a whole new category

Through an alliance with Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. of Springfield, MO, Pepsi-Cola Co., Somers, NY, began testing its first dairy beverage May 31 in Texas and Oklahoma.
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Stepper-driven wipe-on labeler

Label-Aire's (Fullerton, CA) 2115ST is a microprocessor-controlled, stepper motor-driven, wipe-on labeler designed for extra long or thin film labels.
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Crown/Carnaud deal creates a $10 billion packaging company

Packaging firms buying packaging firms. We'd better get used to it. Because most experts predict that the current pace of consolidation among firms supplying packaging materials and machines shows few signs of slowing.
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Static-dissipative film

Klockner Pentaplast's (Gordons-ville, VA) new Pentastat(TM) SC 660/05C is a clear, rigid, static-dissipative vinyl film for clamshell packaging of electronic products, offering more consistent electro-static (ESD) properties than the Pentastat SC 660/05 it will replace.
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FDA to amend nutrient claims

It took more than six months, but FDA finally told the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) it will grant the association's petition to initiate rulemaking to correct existing regulations that it says hinder the use of health and nutrition claims on food product packaging.
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Smart labels fight counterfeiters and provide product assurance

The problem: In California earlier this year, a number of alert young mothers noticed something disturbingly different about the powdered infant formula they were giving their babies.
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Pouch machine

Korab Eng.'s (Los Angeles, CA) new pouch machine fills liquid and viscous products at ambient temperatures to 210°F. The Korab® D-18 produces four-side sealed pouches with most types of heat-sealable films in sizes from 1"x 1" to 6" x 9".
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Foodservice product hits club stores

When Buffalo, NY-based food producer Rich Products decided to downsize its cinnamon raisin biscuits from a foodservice to a retail package, it faced two key challenges.
Materials Product Brief
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Permeation instruments

Modern Controls (Minneapolis, MN) has announced the Mocon® Aromatron Series of instruments designed to measure the permeability, solubility, diffusivity and precise transmission rate of organic vapors through films and packages.
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Injection-molding meets special needs

A newly available injection grade of Barex® modified acrylonitrile resin from BP Chemicals (Cleveland, OH) allowed Cheil Foods of Seoul, South Korea, to introduce its bonka bean and chili pastes in clear, glass-like, unbreakable containers providing a one-year shelf life.
Materials Product Brief
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Thin metallized film

Courtaulds Performance Films (Martinsville, VA) has introduced a line of thin metallized PE film that can provide an economical alternative for less demanding metallized film applications such as decorative packaging products.
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Decorative closures

The Champignon line of decorative threaded closures from Tech Industries (Woonsocket, RI) can be used for jars, bottles or pump overcaps. Standard colors are black and white.
H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.
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Induction sealing system

The 4kW Integral II induction sealing system from Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI) is capable of sealing closure sizes from 20 to 120 mm at speeds over 100 ft/min.
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Right angle bundler

Great Lakes (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 708E compact right angle bundling system. Automatic machine can collate and sleeve wrap grouped or stacked packages at speeds to 20 bundles/min using 27" wide film.
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Reclosable blister

The Twister Blister from Inline Plastics (Milford, CT) is a two-piece blister package that serves as a reusable container. A base is attached to a paperboard card and a second plastic piece twists on or off.
Materials Product Brief
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Static-dissipative film

Klockner Pentaplast's (Gordonsville, VA) new Pentastat(TM) SC 660/05C is a clear, rigid, static-dissipative vinyl film for clamshell packaging of electronic products, offering more consistent electro-static (ESD) properties than the Pentastat SC 660/05 it will replace.
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Square gallon jug

Kols Containers (Baltimore, MD) has introduced a 1.5-gal HDPE square jug as a stock item. Created with source reduction in mind, the jugs can be packed into a four-pack reshipper for shipments of six square gal instead of the standard four rounds.

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