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Near the end of the automated ground beef packaging line are two blow-down p-s labelers. The first (right) applies a label car
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New machines and materials fuel prepackaged fresh beef

An unusual foam tray, seven-layer coextruded lidding, a high-speed rotary backflushing/lidding machine, and weigh/price labeling let this Florida meat packer respond to supermarket demand for case-ready ground beef.
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Freezer-to-oven CPET trays

A thermoformed tray of crystallized polyethylene terephthalate holds frozen, unbaked muffin batter and can be put right in the oven to allow foodservice operators in Australia to offer fresh-baked goods on-premise.
Olin?s four new injection-molded containers for pool chemicals include the 5-lb size (right) with molded hand-grip and product m
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Olin takes air out of pool chemicals display

A new line of interlocking modular square containers was designed to meet retailers' needs. Design features, some patented, make containers consumer-friendly as well.
By holding a die-cut handle at the top and shaking the bag, users can dispense ice melting compound through a mesh bottom gusset
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Bags stretch advantages for packagers and end users

Among FPA's winning packages sold at retail are a flat-bottom flexible bag made on first-of-its-kind vf/f/s machinery, a club-store bag incorporating a transverse zipper for reclosability, and a patented shaker bag that handily dispenses ice melt.
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Orville Redenbacher, Frito-Lay debut zippered, resealable packs

Orville Redenbacher has entered the ready-to-eat market segment with two flavors of Orville's Gourmet® Popcorn Clusters that stand tall in a stand-up reclosable zipper pouch.
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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Clear-film labels rev rum bottle intro

Late this summer, New York-based Seagram Americas introduced Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Puerto Rican rum flavored with coconut in clear rectangular glass bottles in 750-mL and 1-L sizes.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Vertical cartoners

The VCL Series of ProLine vertical cartoners from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is aimed at private-label manufacturers and contract packagers who require application flexibility.
Gillette?s new HDPE bottle (right) has an inner PET bottle that?s pleated (top),  surrounded by a rubber sleeve and filled under
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Gillette bets on pressurized plastic bottle

The initial mass-market application of an innovative pressurized dispensing system permits Gillette to offer a shave gel in a plastic container for the first time.
The paper filter unwind and bagging unit are shown close-up (left), while the overwrapping station appears above. Finished ov
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Vf/f/s percolates at S&D Coffee

To meet the growing sales demands of its foodservice and institutional customers, this Concord, NC, roaster fills ground coffee into a paper filter bag then overwraps between one and five bags in plastic film on the same machine. Strong sales help S&D reap a six-month payback on the unusual machine.
Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons spares no expense in creating eye-grabbing, color-saturated, richly detailed labels that allow its
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For Arizona, packaging is the medium and message

The secret behind a series of drop-dead gorgeous packages? Packaging decisions are made at the highest levels of a company that's willing to spend big.
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Veryfine launches a 'Loud Mouth'

Looking to emulate a recent innovation popular in beer cans, Westford, MA-based Veryfine Products in September began shipping its 18 varieties of Veryfine and Chillers brands with a large-opening end (LOE).
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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.
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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Stand-up pouch stands out on the shelf

Canadian marketer of coffee, nuts and spices jumps ahead of the competition by installing a versatile pouching system for nuts and coffees. Private-label packaging beckons.
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A-B hopes bowling pin bottle is a strike

Last month, bowling alleys across the country began serving beer in an exclusive package they can call their own. The package is a 16-oz bottle of Budweiser shaped like a bowling pin, from Anheuser-Busch, St.
Sanitation measures in the HEPA-filtered packaging room include full garb, mask and boots for the operator, who also passes thro
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Nature's Pleasures launches fresh-cut apple slic es

This processor may not be the first to package apple slices in an extended shelf-life MAP format. But management believes its technology gives it an edge over those who pioneered the concept.
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Tube filler

The new TFS 10 is a low- to mid-volume tube filler from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) designed to meet the needs of contract packagers, private-label manufacturers, and other small-run pharmaceuticals and cosmetics manufacturers.

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