Metapor is a micro-porous aluminum for thermoformers from International Mold Steel (Florence, KY). The material is air-permeable and is said to eliminate venting problems in thermoforming, blister packaging and film processing.
Hoping to boost sales, United Distillers and Vintners, Hartford, CT, has relaunched its Smirnoff premium vodka in a proprietary 1.75-L polyethylene terephthalate package whose rollout was to be completed this month.
Exergen (Watertown, MA) IRt/c(TM) noncontact temperature sensors are said to measure the actual temperature of every packaged product on the line. Rugged sensors can increase machine speeds by 20% while reducing set-up time by up to 90%, according to the supplier.
For 25 years, Dutch-American Foods of Dolton, IL, has sold its breading mixes to foodservice and institutional accounts. But last year the firm decided to market at retail, and management felt an unusual package would be a key to success.
The Eco-Air (Palo Alto, CA) Fold Pack(TM) is a protective package constructed of 98% corrugated that eliminates the need for an exterior carton. The Fold Pack has shaped, scored sections-already attached to the platform during the die cut-that can be folded into a triangular or rectangular shape.
TempShield(TM) reflective bubble insulation from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) provides insulation and cushioning for food and other perishables. It consists of one or two layers of BarrierBubble(TM) material laminated between two layers of aluminum foil to provide thermal resistance.
The Baffle Bag from Atlas Bag (Skokie, IL) is designed to stay square, rather than round out, when filled. The idea is to maximize the cubic area within the bag, thus allowing the same amount of product as in a standard bulk bag while requiring less headroom.
The Express Series(TM) family of bulk knocked-down bins is available from Orbis (Oconomowoc, WI). The structural foam HDPE containers, designed to be easily washed, knocked down and stored, have a 48" x 40" footprint and come in two heights: 29" and 46".