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Biopolymer tray for refrigerated ready meals

Excelline Foods launched its new ready meals by installing a thermoforming machine and feeding it a forming web lamination whose core layer is a corn-based biopolymer.
Flautas from Excelline in biopolymer packaging.
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New barrier biopolymer apps debut at AMI/FMI

Boasting a gas-barrier layer that comes from a ‘high amylose plant starch,’ corn-based biopolymer trays were a notable highlight at AMI/FMI International May 1-3 in Dallas.
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.
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DuPont Award winners announced

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers today announced winners in the 23rd DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, representing breakthrough developments from brand giants such as Gillette and Coca-Cola.
CASE PACKING. After corrugated case blanks are erected and loaded automatically, cases proceed to a glue application station and
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Sliced cheese line is keyed by automation and accuracy

Among the highlights on this new line is a novel use of X-Ray scanning combined with powerful controls technology capable of processing data in milliseconds.
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Hamburger assembly, packaging gets synchronized

Kepak Group, one of Ireland’s leading food processing companies, is now benefiting from a new assembly and packaging line for its Rustlers brand of microwavable hamburger-and-bun products in which every individual unit responds flexibly to the product flow in the upstream and downstream sections of the line.
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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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Open as many as you want

Amcor Flexibles Inc. snagged a Gold Award in the Packaging Excellence category with a consumer-friendly four-pack of cheeses sold by Emmi, the largest Swiss milk processor and one of Europe’s leading dairy innovators.
AUTOMATIC & PRECISE. The printed, pressure-sensitive paper labels are precisely positioned and automatically applied.
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Cheese packer automates weigh-price-labeling ops

 Kickapoo Valley improves bottom line by lowering labor costs and increasing throughput.
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Flexible films find gold in FPA awards

Vacuum skin packaging, gorgeous stand-up pouches, and a WHO winner with life-saving potential are among the highlights in this year’s FPA competition.
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Tolmar transitions to thermoforms

Foil pouches were more costly and didn’t allow health professionals to see what’s inside the package. A clear, thermoformed tray answers the call.
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Industrial PC brings controls benefits to high-speed tray former/sealer

Capable of 600 packs/min and featuring an advanced clean-in-place capablility, this thermoforming machine is big on interoperability.
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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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Laser technology hits the mark on blister packaging

Qiagen adopts a laser imaging system to increase line speeds and improve the print quality of its blister packs.
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Shell fish in France

Since evacuation, backflushing with modified atmosphere, and lid-sealing are at the heart of any discussion of case-ready meat, it’s worth taking note of a recent MAP development at the French food producer Miti—even though it involves shell fish rather than meat.Miti worked with Multivac (www.multivac.com) to design a T 350 tray sealer that heat-seals not film but rather a rigid lid to trays of cooked shrimp. According to Miti managing director Pierre Roffino, the idea behind this packaging format was to give the best possible visual presentation for the high-value product inside. Needless to say, sealing a rigid lid to the tray makes some unusual demands on the sealing technology, including the need for a special die.The Multivac machine’s continuous transport system brings hand-loaded trays with the lid already manually placed in position on the trays. The lid is raised slightly to permit evacuation of ambient atmosphere and backflushing with carbon dioxide and nitrogen. The lid is then pressed down mechanically onto the tray and thermally sealed.An extremely low level of residual O2, 0.2%, is achieved, and this helps the sensitive product to retain quality throughout the 15-day refrigerated shelf life. Material specs were not available at press time.
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Unilever gets a boost from Robotics

 Quick-change versatility and a boost in throughput are two of the benefits gained since a four-robot packaging cell was installed at this Unilever meat plant in Germany.
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Mueller plant brimming with technology

From laser scanning of cheese blocks to multi-axis servo-controlled case and tray packers, this dairy plant makes automated packaging systems a top priority.
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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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Pizza dough gets custom gas-valve packaging

A Nestlé subsidiary in Europe packages refrigerated Buitoni-brand dough with six weeks' shelf life.
HAND LOADING. Meat portions are loaded by hand shortly after the forming web leaves the thermoforming station.
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Optimizing efficiency in meat packaging

Thermoformable and heat shrinkable, this newly developed film brings labor and material cost savings to a Dutch meat marketer that uses it in place of preformed shrink bags.
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In-pack veggie steamer

According to Bev Dixon, general manager at Sun Valley Foods, she and her colleagues took one look at Simple Steps for Produce while at a trade show last year and knew they wanted to put it to work.
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Convenience and nutrition in a single pack

Fresh vegetables can be steam-cooked in the microwave oven in two minutes or less thanks to Simple Steps™ for Produce packaging. Developed by Cryovac (www.cryovac.com), the concept won FPA Gold for Technical Innovation.
About 10-feet long, each compact R140 TFS rollstock machine (above) can be extended to include additional equipment components.
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Meat packer doubles production capacity

Compact rollstock thermoform/seal and dual-chamber vacuum machines tighten packaging efficiencies at Ruprecht.
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MAP pepperoni taps retail markets

Swiss American Sausage Co., a division of Provena Foods, Inc., Lathrop, CA, is a major supplier of pepperoni products to foodservice outlets.
'Hybrid' packs of surgical drapes are produced on a thermoform/fill/seal line in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
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10 ways 'hybrid' package awards Cardinal Health

Used to package drapes (and soon gowns), a flexible tray combines the stacking and loading benefits of a pouch with a premade bag’s linear tear opening and venting advantages.
Repackaged for spring 2004 to make the packs more retailer and consumer friendly, ez-D consists of a shrink-wrapped, three-sided
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Perishable DVDs need oxygen-scavenging film

A DVD that lasts 48 hrs after opening relies on an oxygen-scavenging film to preserve its packaged ‘freshness’.
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Reclosure feature slides into a new category

As the slider-style reclosure feature has grown in popularity since it started showing up on consumer packaged goods about two years ago, most packs on which it’s found are either pre-made pouches or they’re made on a horizontal form/fill/seal system.
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Injecting an innovative packaging solution

Syringe maker Safety 1st Medical relied heavily on suppliers for help in designing an automated packaging solution for its unique syringes.
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Thermoforming proves swell for Jo-El

“Hardware manufacturers were not known for offering consumer-friendly packaging in the past,” admits Benny Vestergaard, logistics manager of Jo-El Electric A/S, Odense, Denmark.
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Skin-packing for fish

Better appearance and increased throughput are the chief benefits gained by Golden Valley, MN-based Morey’s Seafood since the installation of an R270 vacuum skin packaging system from Multivac (Kansas City, MO).
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Self-venting entrées cook up convenience

Smithfield Packing Co., Smithfield, VA, lays claim as the first to offer microwavable entrées in a self-venting package. “There is absolutely no hassle with these entrées,” enthuses Mark Willes, vice president prepared foods/retail.
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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.
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.