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Automated, easy-changeover system speeds up casing

 System features custom-integrated, high-speed carton stacking mechanism.
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FPA Awards announced

Winner of the Highest Achievement Award this year in the annual awards competition sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Association is a dual marinade-and-meat pack.
COMPACT KISSES. A retail-ready secondary pack for Hershey's bagged Kisses products makes an attractive shelf display, while mini
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Packaging is key to club-store success

The unique environment of the wholesale club store demands that packaging be retail-ready, eye-catching, innovative, and environmentally friendly to secure product sales.
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Communication breakdown?

 How do we best communicate that food packaging is the best and safest it has ever been?
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Industry watch

 
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2008/2009 AmeriStar winners revealed

The Institute of Packaging Professionals announces the 2008/2009 AmeriStars.
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Retort lab facility partnership

Mocon, Inc. is partnering with Clemson University and Sealed Air to support the new Cryovac® Flavour Mark® Retort Laboratory.
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On spoilage indicators

There are three basic types of spoilage indicators.
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Clemson opens retort lab

Hands-on pouched foods laboratory to benefit students and businesses.
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Bisphenol-A safety ignites controversy

Used for years for reusable polycarbonate baby bottles and water bottles, as well as in can liners, Bisphenol-A is under increasing fire on several fronts.
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Packaging and food safety

On a regular basis, foodborne illness outbreaks are reported in the news.
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The changing face of case-ready packaging

A new study tracks case-ready packaging trends in the fresh meat case, but will a reversal in Wal-Mart’s meat-packaging strategy set these statistics on a new course?
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2008 FPA Silver Award Winners

Photos of the 2008 Flexible Packaging Assn. Silver Award winners.
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Patent search site

A comprehensive Web site for searches of patents related to packaging and everything else.
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Membership Directory

For in-depth searches on individual members’ capabilities, visit www.contractpackaging.org.
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Case-ready continues to grow

Last year’s squabble over CO, though not officially resolved, has receded into the background, as many retailers—though certainly not all—expand case-ready offerings.
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Attention--disposable cup packaging

Color-Box®, a division of Atlanta-GA-based Georgia-Pacific (www.gp.com), has developed a unique package design for G-P’s patented Dixie® PerfecTouch Grab N Go 12-oz hot beverage, insulated cup/lid multipacks.
The arrival of top-and-bottom case tapers played a key role in GA Food Services' ability to unitize and ship three-meal kits lik
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They've seen fire and they've seen rain

Contingency planning helped Colonial Carton when fire destroyed its plant, while GA Food Services had to contend with a Katrina-driven 400% increase in business.
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Thermal-transfer printer

EasyPrint X thermal-transfer printer from Bell-Mark has additional enhancements for further operational flexibility. This machine is described as the first inline thermal-transfer printer to offer an IP65 rating for harsh environments.
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Credit card-sized RFID and temp sensor

A UHF Gen 2 RFID tag the size of a credit card that also includes a programmable temperature sensor is in development—and already has the attention of a major retailer.
From SoBe and from Trinity Springs: hot-fill PET bottles that don't require vacuum panels in the sidewalls.
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Look what's coming down the packaging pike

From sustainability to high-pressure sterilization to nanotechnology, developments in food and beverage packaging hold tremendous promise.
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ISO Poly Films makes organizational changes

ISO Poly Films, Inc. recently announced key organizational changes to support its growth efforts.
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New chicken packs at Costco

Costco's portion-controlled packaging of chicken is a clear benefit to its members, reports Warehouse Club Focus.
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FPA winners sparkle

From 89 entries, here are the top winners in the 2005 awards competition sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Assn.
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FPA Silver Award winners

Winners of Silver Awards in the Flexible Packaging Assn.'s 2005 Achievement Awards...
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Clemson's packaging science program (sidebar)

During Packaging World’s visit to the Clemson, SC, campus earlier this year, Department of Packaging Science chair and professor Ronald Thomas addressed a wide range of questions about the university’s program.
Clemson students check for pouch leaks on this integrity tester.
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Clemson links students to 'real-world' packaging

Co-ops with packaging companies, on-site materials research, and ongoing communication with faculty and business professionals help Clemson packaging students ‘hit the ground running.’
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Clemson's packaging science program

During Packaging World’s visit to the Clemson, SC, campus earlier this year, Department of Packaging Science chair and professor Ronald Thomas addressed a wide range of questions about the university’s program. Those questions and his responses follow.
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Clemson's packaging science program

During Packaging World’s visit to the Clemson, SC, campus earlier this year, Department of Packaging Science chair and professor Ronald Thomas addressed a wide range of questions about the university’s program. Those questions and his responses follow.
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Seen previously in PW (sidebar)

Gold Award:Ritz Chips(see packworld.com/go/c110)Kraft FoodsPrintpack USAFlat-bottomed, easy-open, stand-up pouch, made from a tandem adhesive lamination, affords a peelable, easy-open function with convenient peel-off tab for reclosure.
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Retort pouches: Hottest packaging market?

A new study and a conference presentation concur: Retort packs are thriving and poised for growth.
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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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Packaging technology on display, Part Two

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
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Vacuum-sealed, self-venting entre?s

“So Easy” Sauced entreés from Hormel’s Jennie-O Turkey Store, Willmar, MN, bring new convenience to consumers’ tables. The line of precooked, refrigerated entreés are the latest example of SimpleSteps™ technology from the Cryovac Div. of Sealed Air.
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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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Technical Innovation shines (sidebar)

Highest Achievements
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Companies

(Left to right) Baron Georges Jacobs, chairman of the executive committee of UCB Films PLC (Wigton, Cumbria, United Kingdom), William Lowther, dir.
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Vf/f/s pouch system donated to Clemson

Clemson University students are receiving first-hand experience with pouch packaging thanks to the donation of a Model 2050 vertical form/fill/seal system from Cryovac (Duncan, SC), a subsidiary of Sealed Air Corp.
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Vf/f/s pouch system donated to Clemson

Clemson University students are receiving first-hand experience with pouch packaging thanks to the donation of a Model 2050 vertical form/fill/seal system from Cryovac (Duncan, SC), a subsidiary of Sealed Air Corp.
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IOPP 2002 AmeriStar Awards

Packaging World highlights the Best of Show winner, the 3M Integrity winner, and the 35 AmeriStar winners of The Institute of Packaging Professionals (Naperville, IL) 2002 AmeriStar Awards.
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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

Flexible packages predominate in this year’s DuPont Awards competition. Innovation in biodegradable packaging and convenience also shine.
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Shrink film

The Shrink Packaging Division of Sealed Air Corp. (Duncan, SC) announces a new Cryovac® Xenith™ shrink film that is strong enough to wrap irregular shapes and heavier products, yet its low shrink tension will not bend or crush delicate items.
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Web site info an extension of labeling

Claims for food products made on Web sites need to be scrutinized as carefully as if they were printed on packages or labels. So claims Betty Campbell, AAC Consulting Group (Rockville, MD) in remarks this month at the 13th annual conference and exposition of the International Fresh-Cut Produce Assn., Alexandria, VA.
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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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Technical innovation on display

New oxygen-absorbing technology and a unique insulating liner for produce are two FPA winners admired for their technical innovation.
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Packaging education

Clemson University (Clemson, SC) announced that it will run its Winter Intensive Packaging Program in collaboration with San José State University (San José, CA).
Hobart's wrappers and scales for supermarket packaging of fresh meats and produce were not designed to withstand high-pressure w
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Depends how you slice it

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s packaging equipment certification proposal could raise costs for machinery buyers.
Process-printed flexography in seven colors by Robbie Manufacturing, the graphics carry the traditional Pilgrim's Pride look wit
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Printed films seal meat trays

Leak-proof films, featuring flexo-printed designs, seal both fresh chicken and frozen meat products for two companies at stores nationwide. Pilgrim’s Pride repositions its full line of fresh chicken and Carlson of Albert Lea debuts Crossroad Farms fully cooked frozen meats.
RDK now uses a thermoformed corrugated tray with printing on the front liner.
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Kringle tray's a sweet success

Racine Danish Kringles is first to use a thermoformed, E-flute corrugated tray for its baked pastries. Tray delivers strength and environmental and marketing advantages.
Frozen chicken wings are fanned out to individual weigh buckets by a dispersal cone (above). Bagged chicken drops out of the vf/
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Packaging of chicken wings takes off

When Canadian poultry producer Olymel automated the packaging of its chicken wings, it was able to redeploy 12 operators formerly required for manual packaging.
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Label copy a charged issue for irradiated beef

Beef processors and food companies can be excused for thinking the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final approval of irradiation on raw red meat products is a bit undercooked.
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Flexibles feed on innovation

Keebler’s contour pouch for cookies doubles as a hand puppet, while a wrap for frozen, microwavable sandwiches provides source reduction, and an all-plastic bag offers oxygen and moisture barrier for dry pet foods.
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Ferreting out a pouch

When Marshall Pet Products of Wolcott, NY, introduced its Premium Ferret Diet food in a 4-lb size last October, it opted for a resealable stand-up pouch from Cryovac (Duncan, SC). “Our product doesn’t stay on the shelf long,” company vice president Peter Reid is happy to report. “But compared to more typical paper/plastic structures with a 12-month shelf life, this pouch has about twice the shelf life. It provides excellent oxygen barrier for the premium meat-based product.”
Dehumidifier bags are overwrapped in film and sold in a colorful carton that?s merchandised at retail in a paperboard display
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Flexible bag becomes all wet

Bag serves as a self-contained, disposable dehumidifier. Calcium chloride in a top portion absorbs moisture, that drains into the bag's lower portion. Filling machinery saves labor costs for DampRid.
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FDA pressed to 'repackage' 120-day approval program

Congress appears likely to provide at least part of the $6 million needed to get a new 120-day notification program off the ground by Oct. 1. But many manufacturers are concerned with how the FDA will administer the program.
Ben Miyares, V.P. Industry Relations, PMMI
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Solutions 99 conference focuses on emerging technologies

Solutions 99 is the educational conference that will be part of Pack Expo Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20. Three mornings of seminars feature the latest topics in packaging. Pre-registration deadlines for the conference and for the show are Sept. 27.
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Food, beverage packaging to star at supermarkets

New packages stand out for major brands like Snapple, Mrs. Butterworth's and Sara Lee at this year's FMI show.
Kettle Foods wanted to keep the paper look of their previous bags but put in a window so customers could see the tortilla chips
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Innovative applications bag awards

Flexible bags protect bone-in meat products, provide a barrier for respiring cheese, and allow high-altitude shipping of tortilla chips. All three earn awards from the Flexible Packaging Assn.
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
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Packaging keeps evolving...from able, to active, to anticipating

Are you evolved?
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Ball Park 'singles' in a winner

Ball Park Singles® are hitting supermarket shelves nationwide this month in what is believed to be the first-ever package containing individually wrapped hot dogs.
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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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Adhesives help Chelsea Milling stick to quality

Two hot melts and one cold-glue adhesive are instrumental in allowing this Michigan miller to package more than a million cartons every day. Bundling and tray packing have been upgraded, too, and ink-jet printing of corrugated shippers is a big improvement.
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Leader of the year

Sealed Air Corp. of Herndon, VA, has been named the Packaging Education Forum's 1998 Packaging Leader of the Year. "Sealed Air's recent acquisition of Cryovac certainly brought the company to our attention," said PEF president Tom Hogue in announcing the award, "but the fact is that Sealed Air has a long history of technical innovation and customer support on a global basis which already qualifies the company as a leader in our field."
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Food innovations on display at U.K. show

Two notable packages uncovered at Pakex 98, held recently in Birmingham, England, both come from food marketers. One is for soup, the other for a product designed to look like Chinese take-out food.
The barrier foam tray now used for secondary packaging replaced a thermoformed flexible film. It makes Burnett?s line of micr
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Burnett cooks with foamed PP/EVOH tray

California marketer of precooked beef and pork takes the home meal replacement concept to a new level thanks to its foamed PP tray with EVOH barrier.
Near the end of the automated ground beef packaging line are two blow-down p-s labelers. The first (right) applies a label car
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New machines and materials fuel prepackaged fresh beef

An unusual foam tray, seven-layer coextruded lidding, a high-speed rotary backflushing/lidding machine, and weigh/price labeling let this Florida meat packer respond to supermarket demand for case-ready ground beef.
Fresh steaks are vacuum-packaged in clear films using an ionomer sealant layer, and then boxed for shipping
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Catching the rays

Packagers seek FDA approval of resins for use in overwrapping and trays for irradiated beef and poultry.
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Packaging potatoes for consumer convenience

Add sliced potatoes to the growing list of branded, prepared produce packaged in flexible films for refrigerated display in the supermarket. Launched in the first week of January were four varieties of Fresh From The Start® potatoes from 50/50 partners Maine Packing of Caribou, ME, and Fresh From The Start LLC of Riverhead, NY.
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Cudahy takes bacon out of the fridge

Patrick Cudahy Inc. of Cudahy, WI, is probably the first to package precooked sliced bacon for display outside of the refrigerated deli case. "Shelf-stable packaging opens up more opportunities," says Cudahy marketer Jason Kapella.
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A wide-mouth first in PET

Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Kenneth S. Marsh was named the first holder of the Cryovac Trustees Chair in Packaging Science at Clemson University.
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USDA/FDA wrap new demands around meat, poultry packaging

No longer will food companies accept self-certification from vendors. In fact, some new packaging has already been pulled from the market.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

Learning in Las Vegas
At the machine1s infeed, bottles are first handed off to the 16-valve fill-to-level filler (above). Platforms elevate each bott
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Monoblock propels Skyy into new markets

Filler/capper monoblock machine for miniature bottles of spirits enables Frank-Lin Distillers to permit customers like Skyy Spirits to enter the mini market on the West Coast.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Grace Packaging (Boca Raton, FL) is restructuring from a regional management focus to a global organization, which includes moving its headquarters to its Cryovac facilities at P.O.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) distributor Adpak Machinery Systems Ltd. (Nelson, Lancashire, England) has been appointed the U.K. agent for Ulma (Onati, Spain).
A plastic shutter enters the shrink wrapper, passing beneath the forming plow that wraps the film around and underneath. At the
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Wrapping up changeover

Design House's new shrink wrapping line handles packages in various lengths without the need for changeover.
2:This sterilizable medical film is 50% thinner than comparable materials used for packages of intravenous drugs.
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Medical/surgical packs make a strong FPA showing

Among medical industry packages to win FPA awards this year was a thermoformed pouch that won the Green Globe Award for environmental achievement.
2:Controlled permeability in the film lidstock is the key to extended shelf life on this salad bowl.
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Foods fit fine in flexibles

Half of the 12 winners in this year's FPA awards competition for excellence in flexible packaging are food packages. A broad range of food categories are represented.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) received the Supplier of the Year award from E. D. Smith & Sons, Ltd., Winona, Ontario, Canada.
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Food is pasteurized by ultra-high pressure

When it comes to pasteurizing and preserving foods, few methods are as tried and true as thermal processing. But now Avomex, Inc., is selling fresh avocado pulp, in a clear barrier pouch, that has a 30-day refrigerated shelf life thanks to a whole new processing technology: ultra-high pressure.
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Pack Expo Plus: Seminars, conferences and allied shows

High-tech packaging solutions, new resin technologies, healthcare packaging, and better sealing technologies are just a few of the areas covered in conferences and seminars during Pack Expo week.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Cryovac (Duncan, SC): Len Byrne, president; William Sturgis, executive vp; Fred Lempereur, executive vp; Al Weinberg, vp, global R&D.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cryovac Div. of W.R. Grace & Co. (Duncan, SC) is investing $5 million to boost production of HS 3000 film at its Simpsonville, SC, plant.
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Films let produce breathe comfortably

Passive controlled atmosphere technology that lengthens the shelf life of fresh-cut produce takes many forms, as these three FPA award winners demonstrate.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) will construct a $50-million plant at Seneca, SC, to produce breathable films and bags for fresh produce.
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General Mills is Leader of the Year

The Packaging Education Forum has named General Mills, Inc., its 1995 Packaging Leader of the Year. The Minneapolis-based firm is ranked second worldwide in the cereal market and is well known for brands that include Betty Crocker, Gold Medal, Wheaties and Yoplait.
Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
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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.
When the package emerges from the shrink tunnel, the clear glossy film is wrapped tightly around the box to provide a barrier to
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Microsoft says 'No!' to automation

World's largest software producer says "Yes" to more people involvement in packaging its leading software programs. The result is higher productivity and better looking packages.
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Supplier news: International agreements

The Food Processing Ma- chinery & Supplies Assn. (Alexandria, VA) and Cryovac (Duncan, SC) participated in the inaugural board meeting of the U.S.-India Commercial Alliance hosted by U.S.
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Freshness down to a system

Freshness is essential to the products marketed by Nature's Herbs. So this American Fork, UT, manufacturer of herbal dietary supplements uses a variety of components in a system it calls FreshCare® to guarantee product freshness and potency.
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Shrink wrappers energize vitamin maker

California-based Pharmavite's shrink wrappers with customized infeeds boost speed and reduce changeover time for bundled multipacks of bottled vitamins and food supplements.
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Cryovac to spend $300 million to boost output

In the next three years, Cryovac will spend $200 million expanding its North American flexible packaging plants, and another $100 million at overseas facilities.
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Films make foods easier to handle

For applications in foodservice, wholesale, or retail, winners in the 1994 FPA competition show how flexible packs can take on new food packaging tasks.
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"We wanted to make sure that if this package was the only communication a consumer got, the product just might sell itself." So says product manager Mark Younce of Jerome Foods in describing what the Barron, WI-based turkey processor wanted from the packaging it designed for a lien extention of The Turkey Store® products.