Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
Packaging costs could skyrocket for makers of drugs in two-piece capsules-if new FDA rules mandate sealing. All drug makers show concern over capsule identification and potential tamper-evident pack changes.
An electronic bar code bulletin board system (BBS) has been established by Bar Code Systems (Atlanta, GA). Bar codes can be imported into most programs, including QuarkXpress®, Adobe Illus- trator®, Pagemaker®, and Corel Draw® via modem.
B&H Labeling Systems' (Ceres, CA) 8000 Series high-speed film labeler employs a patented computer-aided label-registration system to eliminate out of register labels at application speeds to 12ꯠ labels/ min.
In a process it calls "Precycling," McKernan Packaging Clearing House (Reno, NV) obtains surplus components from discontinued or redesigned product lines that would otherwise be headed for landfills and sells them for less than what it would cost them to produce the materials themselves.
Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) has introduced a patented polyethylene reclosable TE cap for yogurt and cultured dairy products. Using Autoprod's heat-form closing technology traditionally used for milk cartons, the cap uses a mechanical external ring with a pull tab for 8-oz dairy containers.
The Food and Consumer Packaging Business of James River Corp. (Milford, OH) has established a flexible packaging converting plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, under the name James River Packaging de Mexico.