Winner of the Diamond award in this year’s DuPont competition was FreshCase® technology.
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DuPont Awards—celebrating innovation and collaboration

From breakthrough vacuum packaging developed by a billion dollar materials supplier to a kraft divider made by a year-old startup, these winners represent innovation itself.
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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Hormel honors Curwood with 2010 Spirit of Excellence Award

Hormel Foods Corporation has awarded Curwood, a leading packager and a division of Bemis Company, with a 2010 Spirit of Excellence Award—a prestigious honor that celebrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and contribution to the Hormel heritage of innovation and quality.
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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Bemis Europe wins UK Packaging Award

The Bemis EZ Peel® Reseal package, a recent technology developed in North American that is achieving global acclaim, garnered top honors for consumer convenience at this year’s UK Packaging Awards.
VERSATILE VARIETY. Gimbal's Fine  Candies markets a broad range of products  in various package sizes.
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Candy maker refines packaging flexibility

Fully automated, easily programmable form/fill/seal/print systems reduce labor costs and packaging material waste.
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Industry Watch

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Ready-made, portable beer cooler pack

Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, and Curwood, a Bemis Company, (www.curwood.com) are recipients of an FPA Gold Award for Packaging Excellence in recognition of the Curwood Express Tote™ marketed as the Miller Lite Chill Bag.
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Industry Watch

COMPANIES Thermo Electron Corp. and Fisher Scientific Intl. Inc. have merged to form Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., creating a provider of products and services in the high-growth life, laboratory, and health sciences industry.
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Heinz shakes foodservice market

In February, H.J. Heinz launched Heinz Fry Shakers dry seasonings throughout much of the United States.
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Flexible winners strike gold

Winners of the Flexible Packaging Assn.’s 2004 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards demonstrate the impact of technology on the form and function of flexible packaging.
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Packaging technology on display

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
Ready-to-eat meats that are cooked in their packaging are not subjected to the new rule on Listeria prevention.
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Hot dog!

USDA’s new rule on Listeria aims to improve operations for meat and poultry packagers.
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Pregrilled brats bagged beautifully

Johnsonville Sausage LLC, Sheyboygan, WI, has bagged a way for people to enjoy fresh grilled sausage without having to fire up a grill.
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FPA honors innovation

Hershey’s pudding packs and technology for self-venting trayed entrees, first commercialized by Smithfield Packing, earn Highest Achievement honors from The Flexible Packaging Assn.’s 2003 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition.
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FPA awards show flexible versatility

From fruit to juice to dog food to premixed grout, the winners in the Packaging Excellence category in FPA’s annual competition are a mixed bag.
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Technical Innovation shines (sidebar)

Highest Achievements
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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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Flexible packaging reigns

Flexible packages predominate in this year’s DuPont Awards competition. Innovation in biodegradable packaging and convenience also shine.
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Flexible packaging reigns (sidebar)

Additional winners
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Flexible packaging reigns

Flexible packages predominate in this year’s DuPont Awards competition. Innovation in biodegradable packaging and convenience also shine.
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Go-Gurt: An updated view

When General Mills debuted Yoplait Go-Gurt in tube packs regionally four years ago and nationally in late 1999, it represented breakthrough, outside-of-the-cup thinking.
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Additional winners

Following are DuPont award winners previously covered in Packaging World articles. To read the complete stories, go to www.packworld.com/go/w031.
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FPA Achievement Award suppliers

Alpha listing of suppliers mentioned in March '02 coverage of Flexible Packaging Assn.'s 2001 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards:
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Reclosure features dominate

Four FPA winners in the Packaging Excellence category are zippered pouches. A produce pack, a coffee carafe, and a shrink-sleeve label round out the category.
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All-in-one chips-n-dip pack

Early this year, Frito-Lay, Plano, TX, added Ruffles Potato Chips & French Onion Dip in colorful heat-sealed trays to its snack kits line up. The tray contains a prepackaged 1 7/8-oz bag of chips and a 3 5/8-oz dip cup. According to Frito-Lay, the snack kits are designed to fit into busy families' lifestyles, addressing their needs for convenience and portability.
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P&G's innovative package/product

Unique is a word that aptly describes the product and packaging for Dryel®, a fabric care system that permits consumers to dry-clean clothes at home.
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Stonyfield 'squeezes' yogurt

This month, Stonyfield Farm launches 2-oz tubes of Yo Squeeze™, an all-natural, portable lowfat yogurt, to compete with General Mills’ highly successful Go-Gurt™ yogurt.
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Borden gets 'smart' with tray

It’s Pasta Anytime™, a Borden Foods creation, is set to debut nationally this June in a patented Smart Cooker™ tray. The microwavable, single-serve product is shelf-stable for nine months.
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Food packs sparkle in DuPont Awards

From an Ocean Spray package that won the Diamond Award to a vacuum-insulated container for foods and other temperature-sensitive products, this year’s DuPont Award winners are an eclectic and innovative bunch.
Fresh Plus is the brand for modified-atmosphere-packed sandwiches that are packaged on thermoform and seal machines using barrie
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Home meal replacements on the move

Increased consumer demand for home meal replacement spurs development of new technologies, new markets. A Packaging World special report.
Peelable lidstock is heat-sealed to hot-filled cups of salsa (left) on an intermittent-motion cup filling machine. Before sealin
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Film structure is tops with Bel/Kaukauna

A multilayer peelable lidding film for plastic cups of hot-filled salsa eliminates leakers and provides easy opening.
Specialty films help the unusual Flexible Ice reusable ice product withstand multiple freeze/thaw cycles and the rigors of trans
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Film's flexibility fits ice packs

Puncture-resistant film protects Forever Ice's 'reusable' ice to withstand repeated freezing and thawing. A custom tf/f/s machine improves efficiency.
Kyle McMullen (above), president of Newhall Coffee Roasting Company, also serves as packaging engineer and machine operator for
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Small machine is big business for coffee roaster

A compact form/fill/seal machine makes a packaging engineer out of an entrepreneur and launches a whole new business in the process.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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Aseptic PE/EVOH/PE bottles hold shelf-stable infant formula

Infant formula isn't a category where you normally find a lot of packaging innovation. But this summer has brought us two interesting packaging advances in the "mother's milk" replacement business.
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Frozen fish package is bait for consumers

Newport, KY-based StarKist Seafood, internationally known for its canned tuna, is entering a whole new category with its Seaside Gourmet(TM) premium-cut, frozen fish fillets.
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Packaging suppliers in headlights of MACT truck

Packaging and printing operations may be significantly affected by EPA emissions limits on coatings and adhesives. Increased costs to control emissions could lead to higher prices.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Kraft Foods, Inc. announced that the Flexible Packaging Div. of Sonoco (Fulton, NY) and Curwood, Inc. (Oshkosh, WI) have been selected as winners of the Kraft Foods Rick Stuedemann Award for Supplier Excellence.
The 14-head scale system1s (top) accuracy helps Basic American Foods reduce product giveaway. While bags (inset) are marketed fo
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Foodservice bag displays retail points

Basic American Foods launches a first-of-its-kind bag for dehydrated potatoes sold to foodservice markets. Pointillistic graphics attract customers while the bag reduces secondary packaging.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Curwood North America (Oshkosh, WI): Henry Theisen, president.
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.
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Show spotlight seeks middle ground

MIDPAK '97 takes the stage October 21-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. A full conference program and a medical exhibition combine to offer packagers a range of options.
Seven-color gravure printing and designer graphics give the Decas pouch an upscale look
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Decas does cranberries elegantly

Early tests showed real promise, so Decas Cranberry forged ahead with a stand-up, zippered pouch. Gravure-printed graphics in seven colors project premium quality image.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

Learning in Las Vegas
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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
Several pack and sauce varieties have helped Burns? retail customers regain market share from fast food outlets
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Film pack launches sub sandwich in Canada

Printed film replaces a manually applied label for Burns Meats' EZee Sub sandwich meat packs, saving 50% in combined material and labor costs.
Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
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Stand-up pouches debut for Stockpot's chilled soup concentrates

In its 15 years of existence, Stockpot Soup, Redmond, WA, has earned an international reputation among restauranteurs for high-quality, cook/chill soup concentrates, sauces, gravies and entrees.
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Supplier news: Achievements

The Curwood Group (Oshkosh, WI) won the Kraft Foods Rick Stuedemann Award for Supplier Excellence.
Saputo?s new MAP wrapper (far left) includes a bilingual copy display (left) that describes the product and size parameters that
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Simplified wrapper boosts output

Despite a high-tech wrapping material, Saputo had too many leakers of its block cheese packs. New wrapper greatly improves seals while it boosts line output and slashes changeover time.
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Produce packs make produce snacks

Cut, washed, packaged, and refrigerated fresh produce continues gaining in popularity in supermarkets across the country. Among the more innovative marketers is Salinas, CA-based Tanimura & Antle.
Final suture packages are placed into cartons of twelve (above) before distribution. At the      lidding station (right), rolls
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Sewing up a new line

A versatile thermoformer lets this pharmaceutical manufacturer package its sutures in an easy-peel package that hospitals like.
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Baby wipes get a zippered pack

Just reaching store shelves as PW goes to press is a new package format for 160-count Huggies® Baby Wipes from Kimberly-Clark, Neenah, WI. Two features make it stand out in its category, where refill packs made of flexible film have complemented rigid plastic tubs for the past two or three years.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Curwood, Inc. (Osh-kosh, WI) and the Itap Group have formed a strategic partnership in Brazil.
A customized vf/f/s system (top) produces pouches holding liquids as thin as water to sauces laden with particulates as shown ab
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Pouches, vf/f/s system add sizzle to sauce sales

Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Bemis Co., Inc, (Minn- eapolis, MN): Thomas L. Sall, president of Curwood-North America; Peter R. Mathias, president of Milprint; Jeffrey H.