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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.
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Some say it's harder to stay on top than it is to reach the summit. Just ask the Chicago Bulls. Or try Diamond Walnut Growers. The Stockton CA-based growers cooperative has produced walnuts since 1912. A leader in its product category the venerable coop last autumn reintroduced its top-selling 14- and 16-oz varieties in new resealable zippered bags. The company's marketing department saw the move as a slam dunk. So far its foresight has stimulated consumer interest and boosted sales according to Dennis Bettencourt Diamond Walnut's senior mechanical engineer. In addition to those sizes the company recently introduced 200- and 250-g zippered packs sold primarily in select European markets. All four bags are produced on a new line anchored by a horizontal form/fill/seal unit from machine maker/contract packager Robert's Packaging (Battle Creek MI). Bags are automatically case packed on a modular case erector/packer/closer supplied by Goodman Packaging (Lake Forest IL). The zipper material from Presto Products (Appleton WI) is heat-