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How effective is nutrition labeling?

It must depend on who is asked. GMA claims that an "overwhelming majority of consumers" read food labels, and that 63% of consumers find the nutritional information on the label to be "easier to understand." However, a survey by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Prevention Magazine reported that most food shoppers are not familiar with the new nutrition label.
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Infeed and hot plate tunnel

Great Lakes (Booth 1546) will display its new custom-designed Infeed and Hot Plate Tunnel. This new infeed will be shown dividing pharmaceutical bottles into groups of three and shrink wrapping them into packages of three or six.
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Desiccants keep dog food bags dry

Desiccants in stretch-wrapped pallets solved a condensation problem in overseas shipments of dog food bags by the Iams Co.
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Security tape

Red Alert tape from Central Products (Menasha, WI) is a water-activated tape that leaves a bottom red sheet on the carton after opening, so it is obvious if a carton has been opened prior to its final destination.
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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
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Film label applicator

The Model 35PW p-s labeling system from Accraply (Booth #603) has capabilities to apply side panel and wraparound film-based labels at speeds to 2000"/min.
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Tri-layer oval

Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tona-wanda, NY) has reintroduced its 4-oz Silique oval for personal care products and soaps or waxes. The tri-layer tube consists of a layer of HDPE surrounded by a layer of LDPE on each side for improved barrier and product flow.
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Horizontal cartoner

The new Econoseal E-System 2000 automatic, horizontal cartoner from Econocorp (Booth #207) is a compact system for moderate-speed production lines. It features a convenient handwheel adjustment for fast changeovers.
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Dispensing closure/tube

A dispensing closure and squeeze tube combination is now available from J.L. Clark (Rockford, IL) and Tubed Products (Easthampton, MA). The SST tube/cap features a one-piece, smooth-wall, PP closure that matches the tube's head finish exactly.
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Stretch wrapper

Pacmatic's (Booth #1941) new Roboshark fast, portable stretch wrapper can wrap a pallet in 25 sec, using any width film, says the com-pany, and can wrap 30% faster than when using turn-tables.
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PAM with a pump

Figuring it likely that "aerosol aversion" might cause some consumers to steer clear of its PAM® cooking spray in an aerosol can, American Home Food Products of Madison, NJ, began testing an alternative package: PAM with a pump.
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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
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Nondrip closure

Seaquist Closures (Mukwonago, WI) has introduced the SimpliSqueeze(TM) closure. To use, open the snap-action lid. An innovative silicone valve seals instantly when pressure is released.
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Protecting capsules and tablets from oxidation

For Los Angeles-based Quelle Derm, guarding against oxidation is an essential function of the packaging specified for the firm's Total Skin Care System.
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Spiral stretch wrapper

Durapak's (DeSoto, TX) heavy-duty, semi-automatic, overhead spiral stretch wrappers have a 14 rpm film-tower rotation. Emer-gency stops come within 2", even in cases of total power failure.
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Nutrition facts printer

Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) has introduced the N5000 Nutrition Facts Printer for use in the meat, poultry and dairy industries as well as by contract and medical device packagers.
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Intellectual packaging

Los Alamitos, CA-based produce manufacturer Frieda's is taking a new approach to marketing for its latest line of products. Grouped as foods that are indigenous to the Americas and traditionally prepared by Native Americans, Lost Crops of the Americas(TM) features exotic products such as red and blue cornmeal, fresh aloe vera, black quinoa and rattlesnake beans.
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Suspension shippers

ADE (Chicago, IL) and JPS Elastomerics (Holyoke, MA) have developed a hammock-type suspension pack for safely shipping electronics, medical devices, china and other delicate items.

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