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New look and shape for aseptic packs

"We think it's a revolutionary packaging development."That's what Jim Montealegre, vice president of procurement, product development, graphics and legal services at Golden Valley Foods, has to say about the Prisma package from Tetra Pak (Chicago, IL).
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Packaging takes on a Latin flavor

The co-location of Expopak de las Americas 99 and Procesa 99 at the Mexico City Sports Palace, June 22 to 25, is expected to attract 25ꯠ attendees from North, Central and South America.
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International Paper: Pour spout

International Paper's (Purchase, NY) Beverage Packaging Business has announced a new, small cross-section PP pour spout for its aseptic packaging.
For illustrative purposes, an aseptic bag is sliced open to reveal the gland and the bottom membrane. During filling, product fl
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A well-seasoned traveler

Aseptically packaged chilies allow an Australian grower and harvester to extend distribution beyond its rural location and compete in a hot global market.
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Plastic padded mailer

AirJacket(TM) is an all-plastic padded mailer from PAC National (Redmond, WA). Made of a durable, moisture-resistant, multi-layered PE film laminated to an interior bubble-type lining for cushioning protection.
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Polish consumers buy into convenience

When a Polish juice manufacturer was challenged by aseptic paper-packaged imports, it had to respond or risk losing market share.
Natrel?s St. Laurent, Quebec, plant?s sophisticated UHT processing/aseptic filling line includes three separate rinsing machines
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HDPE-bottled dairy beverages 'milk' 90-day shelf life

Canadian dairy products marketer Natrel is the first North American user of an ultra-high-temperature processing/aseptic filling line. The process permits Natrel to launch single-serve milks and shakes with a 90-day refrigerated shelf life.
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Fruit smoothies take to aseptic packs

An established leader supplying aseptically packaged products for foodservice operators, Lyons-Magnus of Fresno, CA, has added a new item to its product mix: fruit smoothies.
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Multivac Inc: Form/fill/seal system

Multivac's (Kansas City, MO) Model R-330 vacuum packaging machine can accommodate two complete die sets mounted on the machine, with the changeover between them being as simple as selecting the desired, pre-programmed set.
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FDA 'tampers' with gel capsule labels

The Food & Drug Administration capped its regulatory efforts to make two-piece gelatin OTC capsules harder to tamper with by requiring manufacturers to seal capsules and to use at least one "tamper-evident" packaging feature.
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Multivac Inc: Vacuum packing

Multivac's (Kansas City, MO) C 700 large-chamber vacuum packaging machine is designed for large-scale vacuum packaging of bulk products or products of varying sizes in film pouches.
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New graphics please packager and its customer

"The consumer gets a better package and we benefit as well."That's how Beaverton Foods' chief executive officer Bill Small describes his firm's recent switch from screen-printed glass jars to jars deco-rated with full-body shrink-sleeve labels for 16 varieties of Inglehoffer brand condiments.
At Hunt-Wesson?s huge new Waterloo, IA, aseptic pudding plant (below), technical training was a primary ingredient. While much t
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How training aids in recruiting

When Hunt-Wesson planned a state-of-the-art aseptic pudding production and packaging plant, it worked with a local community college to ensure its new hires were ready for the plant's high technology.
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Aseptic PE/EVOH/PE bottles hold shelf-stable infant formula

Infant formula isn't a category where you normally find a lot of packaging innovation. But this summer has brought us two interesting packaging advances in the "mother's milk" replacement business.
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Portola Packaging, Inc: Snap-on cap

Portola Packaging's (San Jose, CA) 38-mm snap-on Clem 1 cap has a patented horizontal pull tab suitable for dairy and juice beverage bottlers. The horizontal tear strip on the injection-molded LDPE cap's base provides effective external tamper evidence for consumers.
Currently the packaging operation at Hemosol is done manually, but plans call for more automation once Hemolink goes commercial
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Longer life for life-saving blood product

SiOX-coated film delivers the barrier properties required for this human blood substitute product. Film clarity lets clinicians perform important visual inspection.
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The incredible power of shrink packaging

Shrink packaging of bottles, jars, cups and other rigid containers has amazing product merchandising and protection powers. While assuring the wholesomeness of food and beverages contained, shrink packaging can also transform a container frog into a packaging prince.

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