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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In the sunny South Pacific, consumers of Punaauia, Tahiti-based Pacific Beverage Co.'s juices, nectars and alcoholic drinks--all packed in 1-L aseptic bricks--are now enjoying the convenience of a screw cap reclosure.
This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
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.
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).
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.
Perf Cap(TM) zipper tape from Minigrip/Zip-Pak (Manteno, IL) is designed for individually quick-frozen poultry, seafood and vegetables. It allows resealable packages to be made from PE and structured films on vf/f/s machines.
The SureTyer(TM) plastic strapping machine from Signode (Glenview, IL) provides simple, low-maintenance operation for high-speed bundling and carton closure applications at speeds to 35 straps/min, depending on package and chute size.
The SCII Push-Pull from Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) combines dual tamper-evidence, patented snap-cap technology and a push-pull closure. The LDPE cap has a TE band around the button, as well as a TE tear-strip around the base of the cap.
International Paper (Memphis, TN) has introduced a screw cap for aseptic liter liquid containers. The Aseptic Liter Fitment is a counter-rotating device that breaks the foil seal found on liquid aseptic packages.