Dave Hoenig
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A packaging vet views interpack

Upon learning that packaging veteran Dave Hoenig was headed for interpack, we asked him to put together some observations on trends noticeable at this massive event.
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Contract Packaging Association President John Riley updated members on current Contract Packaging Association initiatives at the
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Annual meeting re-energizes attendees with a series of 'Power Up!' sessions

We gather at our professional meetings to step out of the office for a few days and be inspired and re-invigorated. There’s also time to relax.
ZERO LOSS. Deli Star ships most products in bulk bins, where pouches on the bottom of the containers must stand up to the weight
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Bulk-liquid packaging system serves up savings for Deli Star

Leading provider of protein salads, cooked meats, and sauces doubles productivity, improves versatility, and reduces packaging failure with new bulk-liquid packaging system.
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Industry watch

 
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Small-character ink-jet printer tackles co-pack challenge

Illinois Growth Enterprises Inc., a contract packager in Rockford, IL, is a nonprofit organization that provides vocational training to people with disabilities and tailors programs to meet individual worker needs.
FOLDING CARTONS. Small-character ink-jet printers deliver high-quality coding on folding cartons of Jelly Belly products.
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Software links printers company-wide

Jelly Belly Candy Company has increased factory automation and reduced the costs of pre-printed packaging through good use of package-coding software.
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Industry watch

 
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Videojet acquires Wolke Inks & Printers

Videojet Technologies Inc., has acquired Wolke Inks & Printers GmbH (Hersbruck, Germany).
CREATING ORDER. One project, for a powdered household cleanser, begins on APCO Packaging's U-shaped packaging line with manual d
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Packer/manufacturer blends quality into every service

Testing and analysis are hallmarks of the approach at APCO Packaging. ‘The decision is theirs to make,’ the company president says of his customers. ‘But the process is ours.’
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Tips on financing

In today’s challenging economy, Consumer Packaged Goods companies are facing tight capital equipment budgets and cash constraints.
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Web Plus

Joe Angel (left), VP/publisher, and Lloyd Ferguson (right), president, Summit Publishing Co., present Weber Marking Systems' pre
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INDUSTRY WATCH

 
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Brand owners warming to authentication solutions

Whether they market styling irons, HBA products, or high-end wines, brand owners see packaging as a key line of defense against counterfeiting and diversion.
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Industry Watch

 
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Co-manufacturer help sambazon forge ahead in low-acid aseptics

California acai marketer taps Aseptic Solutions, which is poised to become a rare U.S. company capable of aseptically filling, low-acid products on a high-speed rotary filler.
Plastics can provide a challenge to making inks adhere.
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Five ways to better ink-jet printing

Inks are evolving as substrates, industry regulations, and customer demands change.
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Large character printers

The new Marsh 3100 and Marsh 1100 large-character ink-jet printers from Videojet are ideal for printing on secondary packaging such as corrugated boxes and cases.
P3400 label printer applicator
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Videojet releases five new products

PACK EXPO: Videojet unveiled five new products at a press conference conducted on Monday during Pack Expo Las Vegas.
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Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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TOPICS ANNOUNCED FOR CONFERENCE AT PACK EXPO

New My PACK EXPO™ Tool Available to Help Attendees Select Compatible Sessions
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This monobloc filler/capper, dedicated to 4-L steel cans, has enabled ARC-Diversified to meet a spike in demand for its edible o
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ARC upgrades in oil and powder

This supplier to a number of U.S. government feeding programs keeps current where packaging machinery and controls technology are concerned.See video
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interpack insights

The buzz at the über-sized interpack packaging show in Germany included integration, function-block technology, Rx ‘pens,’ simplicity, esthetics, and concern for machinery ‘made in China.’
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Sidebar

• A Kaps-All AU-3 unscrambler that places high-density polyethylene bottles onto a conveyor. Glass bottles are loaded on a feed table that are fed into a [b]McBrady[n] Model #200 Orbit bottle cleaner that uses air to do the job before placing bottles back onto the conveyor.
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Companies

Sonoco is manufacturing self-heating containers at a plant in Wausau, WI. Sun Chemical has formed Sun Chemical Security, a new global business unit that will provide a wide range of products used to print packages that incorporate security measures.
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Companies

Performance Systematix opened a new global headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI. The building spans 72ꯠ sq’ of expanded manufacturing and warehouse space.
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RFID solutions at EastPack

The FAST Tag by Videojet Technologies is a complete RFID solution that makes it easy to comply with commercial and government RFID initiatives.
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Videojet acquires Alltec

Videojet has acquired Alltec, a Germany-based manufacturer of laser systems for coding and marking.
Every ink-jet production code (upper right corner) made on T&A's salad bags represents one bag made, and that information is cap
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Spreading visibility across the supply chain

Whether they package salads, beer, or car polish, manufacturers are seeking ways to give all stakeholders a better view of the supply chain.
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Large-character, medium resolution printer

Videojet released its Marsh® 320 large-character ink-jet printer. This modular large-character ink-jet printing system uses micro-valve technology to deliver quality print up to 1” in height.
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Small-character ink-jet printer

Videojet Technologies (Wood Dale, IL) released its Videojet 43S small-character ink-jet printer that is ideally suited for users looking for an affordable coding solution.
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Steered-beam laser

Focus S25 laser coding system delivers affordable steered-beam laser coding for a variety of applications. Suitable for marking paperboard primary packaging, clay-coated paperboard secondary packaging, labels, PET, PVC, and other plastics.
Graeme Warner
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Nalbach Engineering announces several management changes

After 40 years of service with Nalbach Engineering Co. (Countryside, IL), Graeme Warner, vp sales and marketing, has retired. Graeme first joined Nalbach in November of 1962 and has held various positions within the Engineering, Sales and Marketing departments.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
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EastPack opens in New York

Co-located with three other shows in New York City’s Javits Center, EastPack 2002 runs June 4 through June 6. A full IoPP conference schedule is part of the package.
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Johanna Foods touts new look for yogurt and juice

A full-body shrink-sleeve label replaces a paper label on tapered cups of Johanna Foods' reformulated La Yogurt. Meanwhile, 'extended long-life' equipment provides 70-day refrigerated shelf life for juices in 'on-the-go' cartons.
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Companies

–Marconi Data Systems (Wood Dale, IL) was acquired by Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC), and the company will do business as Videojet Technologies Inc..
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Videojet Technologies Inc. makes its debut

On February 7, Marconi Data Systems Inc. (formerly Videojet Systems International, Inc.) announced its acquisition by Washington, D.C.– based Danaher Corp. Effective immediately, the Wood Dale, IL-based company will do business as Videojet Technologies Inc.
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Marconi Data Systems to be sold to Danaher

Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marconi plc, announced that Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC) signed a definitive agreement to purchase Marconi for $400 million.
Its rectangular shape sets Lassonde's bottle apart from the competition.
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Lassonde innovates with Italian aseptic filler

Squared off in shape like its 2-L predecessor, Lassonde’s 420-mL PET bottle is aseptically filled at 400/min. It’s sold in a three-pack format that’s new to North America.
While Kellogg's Snack'Ums are aimed at kids age 8 to 12 (above), Dannon's new drinkable yogurt (left) is for the 3- to 8-year-ol
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Packaging for kids at Kellogg and Dannon

When these two food processing powerhouses used existing brands as launch pads for kid-oriented new products, they were highly selective about their choice of containers.
Vivelle-Dot patches are heat-sealed in individual pouches. Pouches are packed into individual folding cartons, visible to the ri
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Tiny patch 'dots' pharmaceutical landscape

Noven Pharmaceuticals employs a new cartoner to help introduce an estrogen replacement therapy patch sold to pharmacies and merchandised free as physician samples.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has changed its name to Marconi Data Systems Inc. The name change supports the recent rebranding of Videojet’s parent group from GEC to Marconi plc.—Power Packaging (St.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) and its authorized distributor in China, Universal Printing Equipment and Supplies Co., Ltd. (Chaiwan, Hong Kong), have established a new trading co.
In the station shown above, thermally conditioned injection-molded preforms are being handed off to the portion of the bottle-ma
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Guzzlers bring new gear to Twin Mountain

When fruit-flavored Guzzlers proved popular, this bottled water marketer moved quickly to install both new bottle-making equipment as well as a new packaging line.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL): Bryan M. Weber, vp, marketing.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Videojet Systems Intl. (Wood Dale, IL) has established a new subsidiary operation in Ontario, Canada. The new branch, Videojet Canada Ltd. will conduct direct sales and service operations for Videojet products in Canada, which will no longer be distributed through the A.B.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has acquired Electronic Automation Ltd. (Hull, England), developer of the two-dimensional, auto-ID code, Snowflake.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Videojet Systems Intl. (Wood Dale, IL): Joel D. Gray, vp, AR&D.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Videojet Systems Intl. (Wood Dale, IL) has established a new subsidiary operation known as Videojet Iberica, S.L. (Madrid, Spain), which will conduct direct sales and service operations for Spain.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
Near the head of the line, the black bowls in their carrier plates pass beneath the twin hoppers (left) of the filling station.
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Nut bowl offers microwavability and more

Plastic bowl for nuts and snacks is microwavable, reclosable and convenient. Barrier materials extend shelf life, and footed bottom allows stand-up on-shelf display.
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Supplier news: Achievements

QS-9000 certification: Videojet Systems Intl. (Wood Dale, IL); Innovative Plastech (Batavia, IL).
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Chinese sauce maker is secure with ink-jet coding

In Guangzhou, China, a recent conversion from contact stamp coders to ink-jet coding is helping guarantee the authenticity and quality of Jammy Chai Food Co.'s flavorful bottled sauces.
Fremont?s new display shipper (right) provides customers like Western Family a store-friendly case that shows off the product
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Displaying a concern for retailers' needs

Fremont custom-designs a new type of display-ready, film-wrapped shipper around the needs of supermarket customers. A new case-packing/shrink-wrapping line makes the design a production reality, paid for by materials savings.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has acquired Marsh Co. (Belleville, IL), which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL): Robert Cornick, vp, mktg.
Cases are configured in a variety of formats by means of the case turner (inset) running just ahead of the automatic palletizer
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Redhook Ale sinks East Coast roots

Pegged by some as one craft brewer best positioned to thrive and grow, Redhook boldly stakes its claim to eastern markets with its New Hampshire facility.
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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.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL): Craig E. Bauer, president, CEO.
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Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL): Detlef Wessel, group vp, Europe, Middle East and Africa; Low Pen Chye, group vp, Asia Pacific.
Cups are denested and sent into the packaging line by two rotary cup feeders, each of which holds 20 stacks of 50 nested cups.
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The king of cups

Start-up company Dr. McDougall's Right Foods had lofty targets for packaging speed and accuracy. So it invested heavily in sophisticated packaging equipment before it even had a product ready for the marketplace.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) received the 1996 Outstanding Member Company award from the Northern Illinois Business Assn., Wilmette, IL.
McKesson is among the first in the U.S. to use this handled six-pack bundle (left); the Crystal brand is one of three sold by th
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Six-pack bundles get a handle on water market

In its new bottling line, McKesson Water tries a six-pack concept common in Europe but still new to the U.S. Shrink wrapping and tray-packing also shine.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
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Pouches stand up for DuPont awards

For the second year running, stand-up pouches were prominent among winners in the DuPont Awards competition. Markets from around the world are represented in this 10th installment of the annual competition.
One derived from rice the other from soy, these nondairy beverages were the first filled on Farmland?s 1?2-gal low-acid system t
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Half-gallon aseptic carton is a first

Farmland Dairies is the first to pack a low-acid beverage in an aseptic carton this large. Shelf stability permits nontraditional placement in-store. Automatic in-line pour spout applicator is also the first of its kind.
This part of the monobloc (above) shows bottles indexing first to the filling heads, then to the plugging stations. Tracks feedi
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has acquired Cueprint Ltd. (Surrey, U.K.).
Automated bottle remover turns pucks over on their sides to allow a rod to push through a hole in the bottom of the puck and s
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New equipment revitalizes Amway packaging line

Filling speeds more than doubled and still continue to improve as Amway moves into full production with its new liquid filling line for men's and women's cosmetics.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) will acquire Cueprint Ltd. (Camberley, U.K.).
The rebuilt cartoner and a modified bottle loader (above) enabled Chattem to almost double its package output. The new PamprinÂ
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Preventive medicine for pharmaceutical producer

CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.
Each arm of the packer (right) includes a set of white finger guides for positioning and a black lowering head that picks up
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Continuous-motion packer speeds up Coke hot-fill line

A new type of continuous-motion bottle packer boosts output of Chattanooga hot-fill line. Simple design cuts maintenance and changeover.
On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
The reclosable Premise 75 package (top) offers convenience and safety for pest control operators (PCOs). The unusual placement o
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Getting the bugs out

A new insecticide from Bayer's Agricultural Div. is packaged in a protective envelope with multiple compartments that adds new dimensions to a not-so-old packaging concept.
Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.
Specialty Brands1 decision to change its caps to a custom green color is an attempt to    maintain brand consistency. Label pane
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Spicing up a line

Specialty Brands revamps its Durkee Spice products for a more contemporary look. A switch from PP to PET, new sizes, graphics and freshness coding add flavor to a well-established line.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Videojet Systems Intl. Inc. (Wood Dale, IL): Richard M. Hoguet, group vp-Americas.
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How State Chemical cleans up (sidebar)

Flexibility needed in case printing
Pouches exit the rotary filling turret and are drawn through a top-sealing device
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Pouch production soars at Goya division

A continuous-motion pouch-packaging operation at Packaging Ltd. is nearly 200% faster and 70% more accurate than the intermittent-motion system it replaced.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Videojet Systems Intl. Inc. (Wood Dale, IL): Scott Mastricola, mgr., market development; Harlene Henry, mgr., global communications.
For the 4-oz ?dairy? line, foil cups (right) have been replaced by a ramekin-style cup (center), and a redesigned folding carton
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Cheese marketer stretches packaging technology

Package redesign enhances images of upscale cheeses. New MAP package is a first for dairy while another pack pioneers an injection-molding method.