FPA Gold Winner for Environmental & Sustainability Achievement.
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Breakthrough in meat packaging

Vacuum-packaged fresh red meat shipped refrigerated in corrugated cases has long been viewed as an eminently sensible case-ready packaging format.
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Gold award winner for Packaging Excellence.
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Dip & Squeeze boasts dual functionality

In the 2012 Flexible Packaging Association awards competition, a Gold Award for Packaging Excellence went to the Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup Retail 10-Count Pack introduced last year by Heinz North America.
Vacuum skin-packaged meat that stays red.
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Breakthrough in meat packaging

H.E.B.'s Texas Beef brand capitalizes on a new technology that allows fresh red meat to 'bloom' under vacuum skin-packaging conditions.
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FPA winners are good as gold

Notable advances in sustainability, shelf impact, laser micro-perforation, and shelf life extension are all on display in the Flexible Packaging Association’s Gold Award winners.
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Film for bulk liquids earns Gold for Packaging Excellence

Liquiflex® Advance™ films for bulk liquids is designed to replace metal foodservice cans or traditional bulk liquid films. The 13-layer Liquiflex film generates 96% less waste than cans and up to 30% less waste than other films, and includes redundant nylon and ethylene vinyl alcohol layers for strength and resistance. It is manufactured by Curwood Inc., a Bemis company.
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Big deli meat pouch packs

In the early 1990s, Land O’Frost, Inc., Lansing, IL, and Searcy, AR, was a pioneer in the implementation of flexible, resealable packaging for deli meats.
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Soup maker 'soups up' printing/coding efficiencies

Kettle Cuisine standardizes on one coding supplier for foodservice pouches, retail cup labels, and corrugated shipping cases.
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Lamb stays fresher longer with EU import

Superior Farms, Davis, CA, has made news again with its innovative packaging for lamb.
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Reclosable bacon package

Oscar Mayer makes bacon more convenient with its Stay-Fresh Reclosable Tray.
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The slice is alright: Pack protects premium cheese

Pack opening for BelGioioso cheese improves with new structure.
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Freeze-and-eat fruit sorbet debuts

In January 2007, Del Monte Foods, San Francisco, CA, began rolling into national markets with Del Monte Fruit Chillers, a unique “freeze-and-eat” brand of fruit sorbet, in packaging created by CBX (Colemanbrandworx) (www.cbx.com).
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Salmon jerky pack serves Iraq and Afghanistan

Fledgling wild salmon product manufacturing company Alaska Spirit LLC, Kodiak, AK, with assistance from the University of Alaska Fisheries Industrial Technology Center pilot plant, has developed Kodiak SOLSTIX™ wild salmon jerky, vacuum-packed in multi-layer film. Designed as “pocket protein” for hikers, climbers, other sports enthusiasts, and vending machine sales, the product currently is being marketed to several small regional retail outlets. It’s packaged in 0.7-oz (2” x 6” package dimensions), three-count jerky stick packs. Average retail price is $1.99 per package.
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Salmon jerky packs served here and over there

Alaska Spirit supplies the packs to hikers and climbers as well as to American troops serving overseas.
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FPA Silver Award Winners, continued

This is a continuation of the FPA Silver Award winners...
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FPA Silver Award Winners, continued

This is a continuation of the photos of the FPA Silver Award Winners...
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Silver Award Winners

PACKAGING EXCELLENCE SILVER AWARDSKiMs Polly Peanuts, 350g/Amcor FlexiblesDuPont Cool2go Wrap/DuPont Packaging and Industrial PolymersCryovac Saddle Pack Multi-Unit Vacuum Package for Fresh Chicken/Cryovac Food Packaging, Sealed Air Corp.
Stand-up barrier pouch for tea
ChaoAn Wenhua Color Print Co., Ltd
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Special Citations

Stand-up barrier pouch for teaChaoAn Wenhua Color Print Co., LtdEasy carry package for spiritsFlex Industries Ltd.
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Convenient freezer-to-oven turkey packaging

Jennie-O Foods, Willmar, MN, is marketing its new “Oven Ready” fresh-frozen turkey products in a freezer-to-oven, easy-open bag system developed by Curwood, Inc.
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Schick looks sharp for tray lidstock improvement

Sealing temperatures that range too high or dwell time that grows too long are tough on packaging materials.
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Convenience pack is no turkey (sidebar)

Highest Achievement—Packaging ExcellenceSilver—Printing AchievementAn innovative carrier bag from Curwood has provided big improvements for customers of Jennie-O Turkey Store, Willmar, MN, for whole frozen turkeys.
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Recloseable MAP bags differentiate Farmer John's bacon

Farmer John Meats/Clougherty Packing Co., Los Angeles, CA, is marketing precooked bacon in a uniquely designed, contoured bag made of barrier film supplied by Curwood.
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'Meaty' developments (sidebar)

Reclosable 8-oz pouches of Danola Supreme Deli Classics sliced luncheon meat from Plumrose USA, East Brunswick, NJ, serve up a pair of innovations, winning Silver Awards for the opening technology and for the slider reseal feature.
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Adding eye and opening appeal

Harris Ranch’s Cookhouse Classics precooked beef entrees are now generating more eye- and easy-opening-appeal, thanks to new graphics in its new lidding film.
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Puncture-resistant shrink bag

Make no bones about it, the ArmorX™ CBP™ (Complete Bone-In Protection) shrink bag is one tough bag.
At left, the vtf/f/s machine at the DreamPak plant is used for both contract packaging, as well as the creation of the company's
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Following a dream

Thanks to two new vtf/f/s machines, entrepreneur Dr. Aly Gamay was able to expand his cheese processing and flavoring businesses to include nutraceuticals, snacks for kids, and contract packaging, too.See in-plant video
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ConAgra debuts aseptic pudding packs

ConAgra Foods, Irvine, CA, claims it’s the first-ever shelf-stable pudding in a single-serve tube pack. Another convenient, tube-packed fun food directed toward kids has been introduced (see packworld.com/go/c049): Hunt’s Snack Pack Squeez ‘n Go Portable Pudding.
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Tube packs tap timely trend

Flexible tube packs match consumers’ requirements for on-the-go-anywhere eating for a new wave of portable foods.
One of two horizontal form/fill/seal pouch machines produces the Wyler's Soup Starter packs.
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Pouch with pocket wins for Wyler's

New barrier materials and machine modifications permit unique ‘pouch within a pouch’ as Wyler’s switches from canister to flexible packaging.
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Catering to convenience (sidebar)

Other winners
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Packets add spice to pork packs

Farmland Foods, Inc., Kansas City, MO, introduced case-ready Extra Tender Fresh Pork in random-weight vacuum packs earlier this year. Each pack contains a ½-oz seasoning packet to promote a custom, do-it-yourself approach to seasoning.
Among the packaged fresh produce marketed by Reichel Foods are carrots and, most recently, sliced apples.
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days

Reichel Foods has moved from nacho chips and dip to luncheon meat to PBJ ‘Snax’ to carrots to celery, all in thermoformed trays. Now comes sliced apples with a 36-day refrigerated shelf life.
Romance Foods produces filled and unfilled cooked pasta and sauces (above). Packaged pasta goes through a microwave/convection p
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Fresh pasta maker romances long shelf life

Romance Foods pasteurizes its cooked, packaged pastas using a combination microwave/convection oven to achieve 75-day refrigerated shelf life.
The vf/f/s machine discharges four filled and sealed packs at a time (above). The equipment heat-seals a strip of unprinted film
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield

Stonyfield Farm is so confident about the potential sales of its Yo Squeeze organic yogurt for kids that it’s purchased a second vf/f/s machine. Each machine produces 200 tubes/min, with an unusual ‘butt seal.’