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'Add-ons' inject luster into Rochester's packaging 'gem'

As consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies become leaner, they’re making the value of each expense earn its place on the balance sheet.
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Automated pickers boost hamburger packing efficiencies

White Castle uses robots to lower labor requirements and prevent job-related injuries.
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Newman's Own Organics coffee bags restructured

Reshaped bags from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters boast new graphics in a 'greener' structure.
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Artegraft switches to copolyester for vascular graft tubes

Company transitions from cylindrical glass culture tubes for its collagen vascular grafts to a copolyester-based tube with a flat side, helping to prevent breakage and save money.
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New tea totes top-notch labels

Ten-color gravure print gives PVC shrink labels impact.
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Air-tight combo-container protects lip products

BeautiControl repackaging solves dehydration problems.
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Smart label sensor gives Superior results

Bacteria-triggered smart label ensures freshness for Superior Farms MAP meats.
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Paint by the numbers: New line cuts costs, speeds filling

Brought in-house to save the costs of copacking, a new, fully automated packaging line for Ace Paint fills paint-sample containers at 50/min with minimal operator intervention.
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Berry packer revamps bagging and casing lines

Renovation of blueberry packaging operations includes installation of vf/f/s machine for retail bags, bag-in-box equipment for bulk packs, plus several new auxiliary systems.
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Social responsibility leads the way at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

With all the talk about the Wal-Mart Sustainability Scorecard changing the industry, it is easy to overlook the fact that numerous organizations have engaged in sustainable efforts for many years. At these companies, the push for corporate social responsibility and greater sustainability comes directly from senior management as well as from employees themselves. Sustainable packaging is the extension of corporate values at these companies.
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Colorful tubs chill out

Switch from paper to chill-resistant plastic heats up Blue Bunny brand ice cream sales.
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Organic cookies in resealable pillow packs

New horizontal wrapper enhances production speeds, package appearance, and product shelf life.
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Espoma pulls trigger on sleeve-labeled bottle

Recognized for plastic-bagged natural plant foods, this lawn-and-garden firm introduces Earth-tone pesticides in a sleeve-labeled PET trigger-spray bottle.
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Keeping the machine footprint small

This California packager of Mediterranean-style food products distributed to wholesalers found a single source for five discrete pieces of packaging equipment.
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Servo placer replaces robotic feeder

Machine increases reliability and uptime for shelf-stable, flexible pouch packaging operations.
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AroMetrics packs refreshed

A good-looking and good-smelling package redesign for Valvoline car fresheners cuts through the ‘noise’ at retail.
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Custom glass bottles for cocktail mixes

In January 2007, Creative Juices, Inc., Beverly, MA, introduced “Mixerz”—a new line of fresh-tasting, all-natural cocktail mixers for home bartenders, packaged in distinctive, sleek, 750-mL glass bottles custom-designed by TricorBraun .
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Mascara dons customized, anodized packaging

It was developed in cooperation with the tube supplier Techpack (www.techpack.alcan.com) and high-volume anodized components design and color-matching expert Anomatic Corp. (www.anomatic.com).
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Blaze orange can in beer market hunt

Miller's special edition hunting season cans benefit wildlife funds.
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Liquor-spiked freezer-pops

Zeus Juice chooses vf/f/s machine to serve up packaged frozen cocktails.
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Tea bag maker upgrades packaging ops

New cartoning system saves labor and packaging materials, while improving production rates, package appearance, and environmental friendliness.
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Le Bleu upgrades its bottled water packaging

Le Bleu Corp., Advance, NC, has re-staged its premium bottled water packaging by converting to stylized,
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Calorie-burning beverage rolls out in can 4-packs

Multipacked cans of Celsius are part of a strategically staged introduction.
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New malt beverage receives distinctive triple label

In July 2006, FEMSA Cerveza, Mexico City, Mexico, introduced “Soul Citric,” a flavored malt beverage (FMB) with citric extracts, through its “OXXO” convenience store chain. Following that successful launch, the product was rolled into large supermarket chains throughout Mexico in January 2007.
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PET wine bottle mirrors glass look

The U.K. chain debuts its private-label wine in 750-mL plastic bottles.
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Noni juice dresses for success

In mid-March 2007, Caldwell, NJ-based marketing and distribution company The Stratis Group joined forces with Brooklyn, NY contract manufacturer Victoria Packaging to launch a health supplement called "Hilo Gold Noni Juice" in health food outlets in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
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Tamper-guarding air gun ammo

Pellet manufacturer improves blister packaging to enhance product in-store security.
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Bagged carry-on bottles kit takes off

Tumi, Inc., New York City, has chosen O.Berk Co. (www.oberk.com) to provide the PET bottles for its newest product, the Carry-On Essentials Kit, for airline passengers. It is a response to the Transportation and Security Administration’s latest restrictions on what passengers can take with them aboard airplanes.
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Ecstasy enhanced by unexpected red bottle

Ecstasy was more than what CEO Patrick Aroff of Encore Brands, Santa Monica, CA, expected. For one thing, the packaging for what Aroff calls “the first premium enhanced spirit” changed course dramatically ahead of its launch in late 2006.
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Sunsweet's Ones of a kind prunes

Think prunes, think grandparents? Think again.
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Juice company streamlines label operations

On-demand label printing system cuts material costs, saves inventory warehousing space, and slashes label waste.
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Produce in compostable trays debuts on earth day

Four Seasons Produce Inc., Ephrata, PA, one of the largest independent produce wholesalers in the United States, began using compostable produce trays made of palm fiber from Earthcycle Packaging (www.earthcycle.com) for its entire organic packaging program. The repackaging was officially launched on Earth Day, April 22. Palm fiber trays compost in less than 90 days.
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Detector/checkweigher deliver QC for bakery

Crepe Cuisine, Penzance, Cornwall, England, a manufacturer of bakery goods for supermarkets, caterers, and wholesalers throughout the UK, has installed a new combination metal detection/checkweighing system from Avery Weigh-Tronix Canada (www.averyweigh-tronix.ca).
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Deli-quality sandwiches in microwave packaging

Madison, WI-based Oscar Mayer, a unit of Kraft Foods, has teamed up with Graphic Packaging International, Inc. (www.graphicpkg.com) to launch Oscar Mayer Deli Creations refrigerated, modified atmosphere-packaged sandwiches in GPI QuiltWave™ microwave receptor trays.
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Automated pack line aids successful company launch

Organic cereal processor carefully selects bag f/f/s, cup-filling, and case-packing equipment to optimize new plant efficiencies.
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Salsas in 48-oz bottle twin-packs

In February 2007, San Antonio Farms, San Antonio, TX, began club-store marketing of double-packs of salsas in 48-oz-volume, six-layer PP/EVOH barrier jugs with .015” wall thickness and 82-g empty-bottle weight. Shelf life of the bottled salsa is 12 months. Average retail price of the salsa twin-packs is between $5.00 and $6.00.
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A-B re-embraces teardrop bottles

In February and March 2007, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., St. Louis, MO, rolled out Michelob Lager and Michelob Light in redesigned, easy-grip, teardrop-contoured bottles, based on the original package design launched in 1961.
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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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The ice boxes cometh with repackaged clarity

Boxed trays of premium ‘shelf-stable ice’ as purified water receive a primary and secondary packaging revision.
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New high-speed rotary packer cuts damage & downtime

Kinder, gentler handling results in less bottle breakage and less label scuffing while achieving faster line speeds and higher efficiencies.
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Nestlé Beneful receives Pack Expo Selects award

The dog food package for Nestlé Beneful Prepared Meals was selected the winner in the inaugural Pack Expo Selects™ program by packaging professionals attending last November’s Pack Expo Intl., which is sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org).
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Primary packaging is unique

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Automation is tip-top at Siptop

Two robotic cells may be the main attraction on this Canadian beverage maker’s new line. But home-grown packaging solutions, especially in pouch-filling, are also crucial. To view the first in a series of videos on this packaging line, please click here.
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Reborn in the U.S.A.

Packaging quality issues and counterfeiting in Taiwan lead Revolution Tea to produce its teas in the United States, where new cartons tout unusual packaging.
PROTECTIVE PACKAGING. The servo-driven wrapper (above) surrounds each 6-count cannoli shell tray with extrusion-laminated COPP f
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Improving product throughput and shelf life

Cannoli manufacturer reaps sweet rewards by installing horizontal flowwrapping and bag-sealing equipment to replace manual operations.
PICK PLUSES. With Pfizer's new robotic-driven automated picking system, the ergonomic improvements are huge. It handles approxim
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Robotics lifts Pfizer pick efficiency

Thirteen gantry robots increase throughput and greatly improve ergonomics at Pfizer's logistics center.