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Updated graphics, sleeker contours and a wide base distinguish Hunt1s new blisters (above) from its original pack (right), which
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In the Hunt for higher output

To rejuvenate its old packaging, office supplies giant Hunt Manufacturing turns to one supplier for both a new package design and more productive machinery. The result is higher output with less labor.
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Soup cups go private label (sidebar)

Better bagging, too
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How big is the food packaging business?

Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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Packaging causes hike in cereal prices

Citing cost increases for both packaging and grains, General Mills, Minneapolis, MN, increased the wholesale prices of its cereals in early August by 2.9%, according to a report in Advertising Age.
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Great Neck stretches for 'virtual packaging'

Hand tool manufacturer Great Neck Saw provides customers with digital color prints that vividly depict a package's on-the-shelf appearance-before the pack is created.
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Pepsi's packaging blitz

August was a one-month promotion period featuring two special packages from Pepsi-Cola Co. In convenience stores and gas marts nationwide, the Somers, NY-based firm launched 16-oz "Slam Cans" of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors for increasing prices
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Stretch wrapping system

Based on the company's heavy-duty H-Series(TM) stretch wrapping system, Lantech's (Louisville, KY) Automatic Corner Post and Stretch Wrapping System produces finished or display-ready loads at speeds to 40 loads/hr.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Carlisle Plastics (Minneapolis, MN) has been named recipient of Wal-Mart's Vendor/Partner Award of Excellence.
Premier Plastics uses two labeling \"systems\" to apply front and side labels for two sizes of Mallards Food Products' ginger st
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Labelers stir fry a skillet of savings

California converter blow molds and labels containers for packer of ginger stir fry sauce sold at supermarkets and club stores. Set-up and operation video trains operators on labeler use.
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Foodservice product hits club stores

When Buffalo, NY-based food producer Rich Products decided to downsize its cinnamon raisin biscuits from a foodservice to a retail package, it faced two key challenges.
A 70-micron oriented PP sleeve label is applied to the filled and capped PET bottle prior to proceeding through a shrink tunnel
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Purity pervades Gleneagles' filling process

From natural springs to cleanroom filling conditions, Gleneagles ensures product purity that can be seen in glass-like PET.
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The art of bar coding

Fearing a UPC bar code would spoil the label design of their new Harmony Internationals line of ethnic snack food mixes, the marketers at Glico Harmony Foods created a clever way to make the often intrusive and sometimes unsightly bars part of the art.
Many retailers order small quantities to minimize inventories, as these stacked pallets of corrugated cases suggests
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First Brands bags labor, freight savings

New logistics software helps First Brands configure retail display pallets cost efficiently, lowering labor and freight costs by 50% and 30%, respectively.
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TE pails

The EZ Cover(TM) by Ropak (Fullerton, CA) features a TE tear tab and peel strip for rigid plastic pails that can be removed without tools. Available for Ropak's square and round pails, with or without a flowed-in gasket.
In the packer, four jugs are being pushed onto the case blank before it?s folded and glued
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Arcadia takes major step in production

Juice and drink bottler upgrades case packing for high output, even outstripping what its palletizer can handle. A new palletizer is on the list; so is improved bottle feeding.
The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.

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