By October 1, Delavan, WI-based Andes Candies will begin shipping two seasonal "crystal twist packs," one containing a red silk rose and candy wrapped in red foil for Valentine's Day; the other a silk tulip with assorted color wraps for Easter.
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Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tona-wanda, NY) has reintroduced its 4-oz Silique oval for personal care products and soaps or waxes. The tri-layer tube consists of a layer of HDPE surrounded by a layer of LDPE on each side for improved barrier and product flow.
A dispensing closure and squeeze tube combination is now available from J.L. Clark (Rockford, IL) and Tubed Products (Easthampton, MA). The SST tube/cap features a one-piece, smooth-wall, PP closure that matches the tube's head finish exactly.
Lerman Container (Naugatuck, CT) has introduced a line of HDPE bottles called Malibu Rounds. They're available in 2-, 4- and 6-oz sizes. The 2-oz size has a 20/415 neck while the 4- and 6-oz sizes have a 24/415 neck.
Aidlin Automation's (Bradenton, FL) CFSC-2024 orients and feeds push-pull sports closures at speeds to 800 containers/min. This elevator-type unit feeds the closures using specially designed orienting cleats and then transfers them into an existing capper.
Victor Tube (Pittsburgh, PA) has designed a tamper-evident closure for aluminum tubes used in pharmaceutical applications. It consists of a threaded plastic outsert, used for product compatibility and purity, with a tamper-evident foil seal.
Red Alert tape from Central Products (Menasha, WI) is a water-activated tape that leaves a bottom red sheet on the carton after opening, so it is obvious if a carton has been opened prior to its final destination.
The new Econoseal E-System 2000 automatic, horizontal cartoner from Econocorp (Booth #207) is a compact system for moderate-speed production lines. It features a convenient handwheel adjustment for fast changeovers.
It took more than six months, but FDA finally told the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) it will grant the association's petition to initiate rulemaking to correct existing regulations that it says hinder the use of health and nutrition claims on food product packaging.
Packaging firms buying packaging firms. We'd better get used to it. Because most experts predict that the current pace of consolidation among firms supplying packaging materials and machines shows few signs of slowing.