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Closures

2 Microperforations in the film are invisible to the naked eye
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Films let produce breathe comfortably

Passive controlled atmosphere technology that lengthens the shelf life of fresh-cut produce takes many forms, as these three FPA award winners demonstrate.
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Cap feeder delivers caps to capper, which has a removable brass chute end (inset) dedicated to each cap size. No tools are neede
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Versatility drives Shrader line design

A short while ago, contract packager Shrader Canada rarely filled more than 8ꯠ bottles of liquid automotive products per shift. A new and versatile line now lets the firm reach 26ꯠ per shift .
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Decorative bourbon bottles, gift cartons hit market

In December, Heaven Hill introduced three 750-mL "Single Barrel" premium aged Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys, each in a decorative glass container placed on a special gift carton and sold throughout the year.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.
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Cosmetics closures

Tiara cosmetics closures from Tech Industries (Woonsocket, RI) are straight-sided closures with domed tops. A variety of colors, including gold or silver metallized finishes, are available.
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Personal care bottles

Lerman Container (Naugatuck, CT) has introduced HDPE Snap Ring cylindrical bottles for hair and personal care applications. Available in 6- and 8-oz sizes with a 22/415 finish, the bottles feature an in-mold indentation at the shoulder so that an overcap can snap on.
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Barrier bags

ValPar(TM) barrier bags from Paramount Packaging (Chalfont, PA) and Van Leer Flexibles (Houston, TX) provide an alternative to foil/poly lamination bags.
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PETG ovals

W. Braun (Chicago, IL) has introduced the PETG Oval Modified Piav. Fits the Eurostyle flat-topped snap-on dispensing closure for upright or inverted dispensing.
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Salmon bits sprinkled or spooned

Look out, bacon bits, here comes a challenger: Alaskabits(TM) smoked salmon bits. Deemed the Grand Prize winner in an annual contest promoting nontraditional uses of Alaska salmon, the dried, smoked bits of premium filet are said to be a more healthful alternative to pork toppings because they're higher in protein and lower in cholesterol and animal fats.
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Premium package for bagel chips

Long known as a marketer of frozen bakery products, Chicago-based Sara Lee Bakery has expanded into a number of new nonfrozen categories. In its current test of a new bagel chip product, it's relying on some powerful packaging to provide protection and sharp graphics.
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PET bottles make their mark

Direct sales company Watkins Inc. says it was the first in the U.S. to offer a money-back guarantee: if customers weren't satisfied with their bottle of vanilla extract, they could get a refund--provided the amount in the bottle didn't fall under the "trial mark" line molded into the glass.
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U.S. Food, Beverage Closure Market

Researchers at White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) estimate that by the year 2000, closure use in the U.S. food and beverage sectors will approach 74 billion units/year divided among seven sectors (right).
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Aluminum "bottle" a first for vodka

While the cool, sleek appearance of brushed aluminum is not uncommon for health & beauty aids, it is unusual to see it in the spirits category. Hertford, U.K.-based MDT Wines & Spirits believes it is the first to use such a container for vodka.
Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.
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East Coast show packs power

Sponsors of EastPack '96 plan to wow visitors with the debut of the Packages '96 pavilion. Over 450 exhibitors and 10ꯠ visitors are expected, March 19-21, at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

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