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Widemouth cups will expand beverage packaging options

We've been looking at the newest generation of Ensure® nutritional supplement packaging and thinking that thermoformed or injection-molded cups<>in some advanced stage of development<>could be beer and carbonated beverage containers (CSDs) in the future.
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A wide-mouth first in PET

Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
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Candy with a twist appeals to kids

Come up with a candy package that will appeal to children. That was the challenge issued to the European Consumer Products Div. of Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
Bottles ease onto and off of the filler turret via oversized-diameter starwheels (left), which cut down on splashing associat
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Putting the pressure on faster filling

A unique feeding system on Sweet Ripe Drinks' new pressure filler permits 750-bpm speeds with less glass breakage, higher accuracy and 15-minute changeover.
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Plastipak: Tamper evident finish

Plastipak Packaging (Plymouth, MI) has introduced a new TE neck finish on its range of injection stretch/blow-molded hot-fillable PET bottles. When the plastic closure is twisted off and the TE band breaks away from it, the dimensions of the bottle finish permit the band to drop down significantly lower (left) than on industry-standard bottles (right).
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White Cap Inc: Tamper-evident closure

The 48-mm Plasti-Twist® Plus closure from White Cap (Downers Grove, IL) offers tamper evidence through a patented drop-down band. The closure is available with the E-Z Torque liner, a non-PVC thermoplastic elastomer liner that is molded into the cap.
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Laser-scored carton scores for La Costena

Mexico City-based La Coste"a may not have been the first in Mexico to market tomato-based products in aseptic brick packs. But when it did unveil its aseptic packs last August, they were anything but me-too offerings.
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Elopak, Inc: Aseptic pouch

An aseptic pouch for UHT-processed milks and liquids has been developed by Elopak Inc. (New Hudson, MI). The Elopouch(TM) is a coextruded structure made primarily from PE with up to six layers and is said to keep the product fresh for up to four months at ambient temperature.
A checkweigher verifies that each bag has the correct tablet count (left), eliminating the need for an operator to verify counts
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Vitamins in a vacuum

Vacuum packages of vitamin tablets in foil, believed to be a first, provide Amway's Nutrilite Div. with a unique look for Pacific Rim markets.
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Label Makers, Inc: Shaker top lid

A two-layer lid for single-serve food, dairy or cosmetics products is available from Label Makers (Pleasant Prairie, WI). The bottom layer is designed to be heat-sealed to the container, which can be constructed of PS or PP.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Zipper packaging system

The Advantage ZP1 from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is a zipper packaging system for pouches that uses an integrated zipper applicator to run LDPE or supported films.
All four flavors of 13.5-oz Still Tango are aseptically filled in black PET bottles bearing striking graphics
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Britvic banks on being different

This UK beverage marketer was a pioneer in aseptically filled PET bottles. Other ambitious packages include matte-black coated glass for on-premise sales and black PET bottles in four sizes.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
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Britvic banks on being different (sidebar)

McCain tests aseptically filled PET
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Rollstock, Inc: Vacuum packaging machine

Rollstock (Kansas City, MO) offers an automatic vacuum packaging machine for fresh or frozen food applications, including cheese, vegetables, meat, seafood, soup and sauces.
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Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Separating liner

The Tri-Gard® Separating cap liner from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) lets packagers accomplish two goals at once. The multi-layered liner, already inside the cap when supplied to the packaging line, is induction sealed to a plastic bottle to provide a secure seal and tamper evidence.
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Closures

Suitable for tablets or powders, Waddington IP Jaycare (Carlstadt, NJ) has introduced the HingeGard® closure. Injection-molded in LDPE, the closures are hinged snap-caps that provide tamper evidence with tear bands.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

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