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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.’