Attention to detail, as well as the new pack’s 48% reduction in global warming potential versus petroleum-based packages, netted Stonyfield an Environmental Impact award in the FDA-Regulated category of this year’s competition.
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.
Pardon the pun, but The Hershey Co. is a pretty sweet customer for flexible packaging manufacturer/converter American Packaging Corp. (www.ampkcorp.com). So when the Hershey, PA-based confectionery/snack food company introduced its limited-edition Hershey Mounds Island Orange candy last year, it needed stunning packaging graphics to convey the candy’s bold orange and coconut flavors. APC prints the secondary bag that holds 11.1-oz of 24 individually packaged candy bar miniatures, earning a Flexible Packaging Assn. Gold Award for Printing Achievement.
Early last year, Humpty Dumpty Snack Foods, Inc., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, deployed new digital color technology from Opaltone (www.opaltone.com) for the printing of its premium snack bag packaging.
Blue Keld, East Yorkshire, UK, a leading British producer of bottled waters and bagged ice cubes, has introduced Blue Keld Spring Water Premium Ice Cubes packaged in press-to-close, resealable one- and two-kg bags, incorporating zipper mechanisms supplied by Zip-Pak.
Winning a Gold Award for Technical Innovation was Cool2Go® wrap from DuPont (www.dupont.com/packaging). It is a 30- to 40-mil structure comprising polyester fiberfill material that’s heat-sealed between two layers of DuPont’s Melinex® polyester film.
Like Tikvah, brownie maker Raw Indulgence is a strong proponent of all things organic, and of environmentally friendly packaging. Raw Indulgence markets five 2.2-oz varieties of Heavenly Whole Food Brownies, made with fruits and nuts.
ColorKiss by Orlandi is a unique use of flexible packaging to hold a single application of lipstick. Developed by Dale Beal, Orlandi vice president of marketing, it uses an exclusive license for the inventor’s patented system.
A clear stand-up pouch holding 6.75 oz of flavored water is now reaching store shelves in select eastern U.S. markets. It’s claimed to be among the first clear pouches in a category where opaque metallized films or foil-based laminations dominate (see CapriSun from Kraft Foods and Hi-C Blast from Coke’s Minute Maid Div).
H.J. Heinz and Pechiney Plastic Packaging combined to win a Printing Gold award from the Flexible Packaging Assn. with a single-serve, stand-up gusseted pouch used for nine Heinz condiments, including ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, jams, and syrup.
Cornstarch, polylactic acid, and limestone are among the renewable resources used by Cadbury Schweppes for thermoformed candy trays, Biorigin for fresh pasta containers, and Wild Oats for a variety of deli containers.
For many years, New Berlin, WI-based Anderson Seal received seals, clamps, tubing, and related items from their manufacturers, then distributed them, primarily to midwestern hydraulic, medical, and automotive original equipment manufacturers.
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
Agrichemical products maker Micro Flo adds a 10-station indexing filler-capper for liquids that replaces older equipment. Benefits include labor savings, speed and output increases, and reduced product giveaway.See in-plant video
Gills Onions is test marketing a resealable bag for four varieties of 10-oz sliced or diced onions. The Oxnard, CA-based company hopes the package will appeal to consumers brought to tears at the prospect of cutting the pungent vegetable.
Radish grower moves from a semiautomatic bagging system using premade zipper bags to an automatic bagger with integrated transdirectional zipper system that automatically applies the zipper material across the film web.
Driven by a request from BJ’s Wholesale Club store chain customer, Everett, MA-based peanut butter and nut packer Leavitt Corp. in January began producing a two-pack of peanut butter that’s unitized in a printed polyvinyl chloride sleeve.
“Organic” milk—produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic hormones, or antibiotics—has been around for a while. But Horizon Organic of Boulder, CO, claims it’s the first to launch an organic flavored milk in a single-serve format: the Tetra Prisma aseptic carton from Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL).
Performance Seed’s 10- and 20-lb bags of bird food have added an ergonomically designed handle in the bag corner to improve carrying and pouring. The patent-pending feature is heat sealed and die cut on customized hf/f/s equipment.
Nature’s Way Purewater fills 180 1-gal containers/min and packs them into 3-count cases at a rate of 60 cases/min. New $4 million, 2000’-long line includes a case packer that accepts 2.5-gal containers, too. See in-plant video
Two improved package materials, one for cup lidding, one for microwave wrapping, secured Technical Innovation awards in the Flexible Packaging Assn. competition. Printing and Environmental Achievement awards also went to new technologies.
FPA recognizes a multilayer p-s ‘book’ label for cleaners, a plastic header bag, a resealable stand-up pouch, a high-barrier industrial wrap, formable and peelable webs for a medical package, and a CR reclosable bag for pharmaceuticals.
An unusual double-bag system is being used for delivery of liquid for enteral nutrition in various Japanese hospitals. The system includes an aseptically filled inner Elopouch® bag, the kind often used for UHT milks.
Annie’s® Homegrown Inc. in September introduced Microwavable Single Servings Mac & Cheese Meals in a “dual pouch” that holds organically grown macaroni in one pouch and powdered cheese sauce in a second, smaller pouch.
Nabisco rolls out Mini Chips Ahoy! cookies in a resealable stand-up pouch while Patrick Cudahy uses a pouch for frozen, precooked meats. And in Ecuador, an integral straw helps kids sip fruit drinks from a stand-up pouch.
Apio's new 7-item line of 12-oz packages of fresh-cut vegetables incorporates the Intellipac™ patch to yield a 17-day shelf life. Tailored to the particular veggie mix, the patch optimizes oxygen ingress and carbon dioxide egress according to prevailing temperatures. Shipping is made iceless.