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Aseptic carton moves organic milks

“Organic” milk—produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic hormones, or antibiotics—has been around for a while. But Horizon Organic of Boulder, CO, claims it’s the first to launch an organic flavored milk in a single-serve format: the Tetra Prisma aseptic carton from Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL).
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New coextruded blown film line for Enhance Packaging has broadened its structural offerings. Bubble of film (top) is totally con
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New coex line broadens food pack offerings

Coextruded blown film is new to Enhance Packaging Technologies. ‘Pancake’ die technology gives maximum flexibility.
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Rollstock, Inc: Hf/f/s vacuum packager

Rollstock’s (Kansas City, MO) RI200 automatic, PLC-controlled vacuum packaging machine operates at 12 indexes/min, with each die containing 1 or multiple pockets.
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Koch Equipment LLC: Vacuum packaging machine

Koch Equipment’s (Kansas City, MO) Ultravac® 3000 is a double-chamber, vacuum packaging machine designed for hygienic food applications with increased volume demands.
Judy Fischer (left), senior packaging engineer for Sargento Foods, answers a question while Juli Okal of 3M Co. awaits her turn.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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Reclosure features dominate

Four FPA winners in the Packaging Excellence category are zippered pouches. A produce pack, a coffee carafe, and a shrink-sleeve label round out the category.
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PneumaticScaleAngelus: Aseptic packaging

Pneumatic Scale (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) offers extended shelf life/aseptic packaging for both low- and high-acid products. System is available with the flow meter and liquid net weigh fillers, allowing it to accommodate sterile, blow-molded, and open-neck glass, plastic, or metal containers.
The patented HeiLighter tamper-evident closure is shown unopened (left) and after opening, displaying an irreversible color chan
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PipeLine: Is it really complacency?

Among some responses I received to the November column on packaging’s role in thwarting terrorism, one was from Robert Heilman, a packaging industry veteran who is now an independent inventor.
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Century seals securely

Diameters may range from 38 to 120 mm, but regardless of the neck finish on HDPE jars filled on four packaging lines at Century Foods, tamper evidence is assured since the August installation of four induction-sealing machines from Pillar Technologies (Hartland, WI).
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Stretching the limits of aseptic packaging

Low-acid dairy products aseptically packaged in plastic bottles are common in Europe. Will Morningstar bring such technology to the U.S? See in-plant video
Krones, Inc.: Krones VODM-PET Filler for cold aseptic filling of juice
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Krones, Inc.: Krones VODM-PET Filler for cold aseptic filling of juice

The PET-Asept process used at Pomdor enables the company to bottle sensitive, heavily acidic carbonated beverages and heavily acidic beverages with a fruit juice content and a pH value below 4.5.
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Q&A

Brad Rostowfske, director of new product development at Sargento Foods Inc., a leading marketer of cheese products based in Plymouth, WI.
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Vial and blister pack details

PocketPaks™ retail packs include a 24-count blister-packed vial, a 72-count blister containing three 24-count vials, and a 16-count vial blister-packed sleeve. A 144-count clubstore pack contains six 24-count vials. The packs feature easy opening and tamper evidence.
Some see probiotic products like this one from Dannon as another logical candidate for cold aseptic filling into plastic contain
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Plastic bottles move toward aseptics (sidebar)

What about probiotics?
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New line boasts new sterilizing technology (sidebar)

Barrier version, too
This hot-filled multi-serve bottle, marketed jointly by Minute Maid and The Walt Disney Co., represents one beverage category th
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Plastic bottles move toward aseptics

It won’t be a ‘slam dunk,’ but some experts say that aseptic filling of both high-and low-acid products into plastic bottles will gain wider acceptance across the United States.
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Packaging's role in combatting terrorism

Originally, I had intended to overlook the issue of terrorism in this month’s column, recognizing that timing is one of the perils of writing something that won’t be in readers’ hands for several weeks.
The 8'-long crown molding is in an open-faced corrugated box when it enters the shrink wrapper.
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Side-sealed and delivered

A manufacturer of crown molding invests in a horizontal shrink wrapper that delivers better protective packaging and tamper evidence.

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