Current issue: March 2015

Bob Sperber, Editor, Contract Packaging
Column/Opinion
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Loophole closes on dimensional weight pricing

Have you taken a close look at your cartons, cases and shippers lately?
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One of Ruspak’s new 'Bartelt style' machines.
Supplier News
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New York co-packer boosts OTC, pharma capacity

Ruspak Contract Packaging Service, Lyons, NY, adds pouching machines, inkjet printers, shrink wrapper and more.
Stoneground Flakes cereal
News
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Back to the Roots ‘undoes’ it again with new cereal, outside help

Back to the Roots is at it again — growing nationally and “undoing” processed foods with more outsourcing help, new packaging and some wild new products bound for national retailers.
The X33 x-ray inspection features a redesigned, more user-friendly interface
Machine Case Study
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Private labeler Zinetti Foods upgrades with X-ray inspection

The private labeler of frozen entrees added X-rays to its inspection line to enhance food safety and ensure food safety for its retail chain customers. Vendor: Mettler-Toledo Safeline.
Co-packers bound for Italy
Supplier News
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Contract packagers plan trade trip to Italy

The Contract Packaging Association will help bring North American members to IPACK-IMA 2015, in Milano, Italy in May.
Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
Column/Opinion
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Good time to be an OEM

Who wouldn’t like what the researchers and prognosticators are saying about growth prospects for packaging machinery?
Bottle Bright
Package Case Study
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Pouched product a Shark Tank success

Clean Ethics LLC of Richmond, VT, is about to get a $75,000 infusion to help fulfill purchase orders and get its Bottle Bright product into retail.
This guidance document from PMMI's AIOE is all about hygienic machine design.
News
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AIOE guidance document facilitates hygienic machine design

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), founded by PMMI in 2011, recently released “One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.”
Engro's Y Frooter is the first application of Ecolean's Air Aseptic Clear technology.
Package Case Study
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Clear stand-up pouch is a first

Pakistan’s Engro Foods, a Karachi-based producer of dairy products, frozen desserts, and fruit drinks, recently became the first to commercialize a clear version of an aseptically filled stand-up pouch that has some pretty unique characteristics.
rokz’ line of Infusion products
Package Case Study
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Bottle brings spice to craft cocktail category

As the craft cocktail movement explodes in bars and restaurants around the world, fans of these handmade, high-quality drinks are increasingly looking for ways to create cocktail recipes with exotic and fresh ingredients at home.
Walmart announces plans to incorporate Keystone Folding Box Co.’s Ecoslide-RX 2.0 compliance package into its pharmacies nationw
Package Case Study
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Walmart first to adopt next-generation compliance/adherence package

Walmart announces plans to incorporate Keystone Folding Box Co.’s Ecoslide-RX 2.0 compliance package into its pharmacies nationwide beginning in 2015.
New PET jar has great shelf impact.
Package Case Study
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Slimmer jar packs a confectionery punch

A narrow jar that loses none of the on-shelf impact of its larger predecessor has been created for Tangerine Confectionery, based in the Yorkshire region of England.
Libbs Farmacêutica Ltda.
Machine Case Study
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Pharmaceutical track-and-trace pilot program in Brazil

Pharmaceutical counterfeiting is a global challenge.
Recipharm
News
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Recipharm delivers serialization project in China

Recipharm, a contract development and manufacturing organization, announced its readiness for serialization after completion of a complex serialization project for China on behalf of one of its customers.
Lisa Shambro
Supplier News
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Cost cutter: For too many outsourcing partnerships, trust issues lurk

The Foundation for Strategic Sourcing’s recently held an event, F4SS Connect, in San Diego.
New Weiman floor cleaner package design
Package Case Study
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New floor cleaning bottle triples Weiman’s sales

Replacing a lime-green oblong bottle with a clean, soft-edged, ergonomic container that clearly communicates the product’s use, Weiman’s new floor cleaner bottle triples sales.
FDA safety
News
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FDA requests $4.9 billion budget for FY 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting a budget of $4.9 billion to protect and promote the public health as part of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget—a 9% increase over the enacted budget for FY 2015.
News
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Benefits of packaging line simulation

Philip R Lyman, Dir. Simulation, and David Burgos, Lead Packaging Engineer CRB Consulting Engineers, Inc., presented discussion of the advantages of packaging line simulation during Pharma EXPO.

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