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Plastics packaging for milk reduces waste

Despite a 22% increase in milk consumption within the province of Ontario between 1968 and 1995, the amount of solid waste from milk packaging is down 20%.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, SC) has expanded into Brazil by joining forces with For-Plas (Araras, Brazil), a supplier of peel-off metal ends and plastic components, to form Sonoco For-Plas.
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3Com relies on 'greener' loose fill

A leading manufacturer of routers, hubs, switches, modems, and other computer networking devices, 3Com Corp. has a strong record of responsible environmental leadership.
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Rare cook-in pack for frozen raw fish

One of the showstoppers at this year's annual Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago was the booth of Carnival Brand-Seafood Co. The Overland Park, KS, firm displayed a wide variety of frozen fish packaged in convenient cook-in bags that let consumers microwave frozen fish and serve it in about five minutes.
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Bosch Packaging Technology: Band sealer

The CBS-D from Doboy (New Richmond, WI) is a continuous band sealer that works with most tube-style or gussetted pre-made bags. It operates at speeds to 750"/min, depending on film gauge.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco Industrial Container Div. (Marietta, GA) announced a strategic partnership with Sotralentz, S.A. (Drulingen, France) to jointly offer IBCs as well as a single global recycle/reuse network for customers shipping liquid products across the Atlantic.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

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Food excluded from chemical labeling regs

Finished food products with trace food additives or pesticides should not be included in a globally harmonized system for chemical hazard classification and labeling.
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.
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Label-Aire: Pallet labeler

A dual-label, two-panel pallet labeler is now available from Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA). It's capable of applying two adjacent corner labels (measuring up to 3" W x 5.8" L) on the trailing corner of a moving pallet using only one applicator.
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Lansmont Corporation: Packaging web sites

Remember, type http:// in front of each address. Anchor Continental www.anchortape.com Bostik www.bostik.com The Food Institute www.foodinstitute.com Hedwin Corp.
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Engineers paid well to handle changes (sidebar)

STEPS walks girls towards packaging, technical fields
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Net weight filling machine

The SP Filler net weight filling machines from Lakewood Manufacturing (Holland, MI) are designed for bulk filling of loose, flowing product such as dried fruit, confectionery items and pet treats into boxes, bags and other containers.
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Loose fill

Made from 100% cornstarch by American Excelsior (Arlington, TX), Eco-Foam® SD is a loose-fill packaging material for both cushioning and void-fill applications.
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Vacuum de-aerator

Model 720/730 horizonal de-aerator can increase the bulk density of fluidized powders up to 200%, says manufacturer B.A.G. (Dallas, TX). This helps to reduce freight costs while improving product stability during transit.
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm

More than 6괌 feet of air conveyors at Jundiai, Brazil, carry contour PET Coca-Cola bottles from blow molders to labelers and then on to bottling lines some 220 yards away. U.S. technology keeps filling lines from having to wait for prelabeled bottles.
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Pouch brings fruit smoothies to the supermarket

Houston-based Tropeak® is banking on a stand-up pouch with zipper reclosure to make Smoothy fruit drinks an everyday beverage in homes across America.
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Paperboard crates

The Reddi®-Crate system offers the beam strength of a wood crate with the shock absorbency and light weight of a triple-wall or corrugated box, says manufacturer Reddi-Pac (Bridgeport, PA).

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