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Food is pasteurized by ultra-high pressure

When it comes to pasteurizing and preserving foods, few methods are as tried and true as thermal processing. But now Avomex, Inc., is selling fresh avocado pulp, in a clear barrier pouch, that has a 30-day refrigerated shelf life thanks to a whole new processing technology: ultra-high pressure.
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The European Union?s Ecolabel symbol (top) can be used on packages that meet its standards. The Green Dot (far left) has been us
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In Europe, packaging take-backs are hot

Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
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Static shielding pouches

Suited for products sensitive to electrostatic discharge, static shielding pouches from Polyair Packaging (Chicago, IL) employ Polyair's pink antistatic bubble for shock absorption, and a metallized polyester layer for shielding electrostatic discharge.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Berkley Packaging Industries (La Mirada, CA) has formed Berkley Medical Industries (San Marcos, CA) by acquiring thermoformer Schneider Plastics, Inc.
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Thermoformed clamshells

Polyfoam Packers (Wheeling, IL) has introduced 16 stock sizes of thermoformed clamshells with a J-hook merchandising option. Made of PVC, they are available in 15- and 20-ga thicknesses.
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RF welder

Thermex-Thermatron (Bay Shore, NY) has developed a radio frequency welder that uses a combination of PLC control and specific algorithms to allow preprogramming of up to eight settings.
Software included in the Food Label Design kit enables designers to incorporate appropriate Nutrition Facts panels into their pa
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Hershey kisses NLEA headaches goodbye

Graphic designer at Hershey Chocolate uses software nutrition kit to simplify compliance with NLEA regulations.
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RF sealing shuttle

Callanan (Elk Grove Village, IL)will introduce the Calpack RF shuttle table packaging system, a shuttle system equipped with standard blister sealing features for clamshell packages.
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Protective packaging

Xpander Pak(TM) from Xpander Pak (Glen Allen, VA) is an innovative packaging system designed to protect products under 10 lb from shock and vibration.
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Entrée salads with a paperboard twist

Fresh-cut produce in extended-shelf-life packaging remains one of the hottest areas of food packaging today. The latest entry is an entrée: Ready-To-Go Entrée Salads from Fresh Express of Salinas, CA.
The PS resin used for Wilkinson?s DeltaPak, shown here in the trim press, has a modifier that gives the container just the right
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Food retailers like OPS tub for in-store applications

Wilkinson extrudes and thermoforms a two-piece tub with a snap-fit seal that keeps food fresh. Resin consistency and the right copolymer modifier help a lot.
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Self-sealing foam

Cro-nel Plus® is an easy-to-use cohesive foam cushioning material from Astro-Valcour (Glens Falls, NY). It uses Microfoam® PP instead of PE for a lighter weight product with a bond three times as strong, says the company.
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Molding foam

Used with Instapak® foam-in-bag packaging systems, Instapak molding foam from Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) is a .65 mid-density foam specifically designed to cost-effectively improve the packaging performance of mold-ed cushions.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
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Rotary lidding system

Model RO112HB is a rotary lidding system from Engineered Automation (Comstock Park, MI) that uses a continuous rotary design for accurate placement of snap-on lids.
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Bar code inspection system

The Plato-0100 is a bar code inspection system from Entry Technology (Cream Ridge, NJ) that verifies readability and presence of a correct bar code on most types of packaging.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Tuscarora, Inc. (New Brighton, PA) acquired thermoformer FormPac Corp. (Sandusky, OH).
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Tabletop chipboard printer

Bell-Mark's (Pine Brook, NJ) TB920 tabletop chipboard printer can print bar codes on cartons, blister cards, inserts or displays at speeds to 125 units/min.

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