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Quantifying packaging volumes in Japan

A 353-page report on on packaging in the Japanese market up to 1994 covers virtually every category of product relating to packaging. It has been published by Japan Packaging Consultants Corp.
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The laser-coded roll of printed material unwinds (from left to right) into the first station within the flow wrapper for sealing
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Chewing up market share

New pack and product size necessitate a $7 million investment in packaging machinery for Warner-Lambert Canada. A 4.4 percentage point gain in market share justifies investment in customized flow wrappers, laser coders and display carton overwrappers.
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A wedge up on the competition

Cheesy packaging is not necessarily a bad thing. Just ask Jan Berger, president of Chicago-based Turtle Island, Inc., marketer of Just for Joy(TM) cheese-based gourmet soups.
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Solvent-free coatings

Akrosil (Menasha, WI) has introduced a full line of solvent-free silicone-coated papers, films and polykrafts for p-s markets. Paper products are available in a variety of basis weights.
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Sliced apples get the value-added treatment

Peeled, cored and sliced, fresh Granny Smith apples have joined the growing list of value-added fresh produce items available to consumers at retail.
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Shrink wrap

Transhield shrink wrap from LCM, Inc. (Elkhart, IN) is a nonabrasive, insulating shrink film that can be used on delicate goods or painted products, such as appliances, equipment or vehicles.
Peter Levine of design firm Desgrippes, Gob? explained how revamping the logo for Ann Taylor stores began a relationship that 
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Designers yearn for credibility

Whether captive or consulting, packaging designers rarely get the credit or the budgets they need. Marketing 'pups' often control purse strings and decision-making. But there's a bit of light showing from designers' computer terminals.
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Strippable lid film

Scotchpak 1504 from 3M (St. Paul, MN) is the first strippable lid film designed specifically for use with PP containers. This patent-pending film has a peel footprint that provides a visible freshness seal.
A 3? sidewall at the leading edge of the package becomes the base on which the package stands
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Pasta/produce combo gets tf/f/s treatment

Salinas produce marketer Tanimura & Antle thermoforms its own trays for the Broccoli Time combo pack. Will consumers get used to seeing such full meals in the refrigerated produce section?
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Shrink bag

The PromoBag shrink bag from Robbie Mfg. (Lenexa, KS) benefits fresh meat and food processors. Uses polyolefin anti-fog film for food applications, or a variety of other shrink films for nonfood applications.
Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
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Horizontal funnel machine

Southern Packaging and Bottling Machinery (Lawrenceville, GA) has introduced a new horizontal funnel machine that forms pouches from rollstock and fills them with dry mix products, rice, candy, instant oats, pharmaceutical products or small medical devices.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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Electronic printer

The Model J2800 electronic printer from Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) is for in-plant printing of variable product information, such as bar codes, consecutive numbering, real time codes, sell-by dates and product descriptions.
Product visibility and an upscale look are among the advantages gained since Malibu 2000 switched from HDPE (right) to PET bottl
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Hair care line parts with HDPE

Salon customers are impressed since Malibu 2000 switched from screen-printed HDPE bottles to a tinted PET with the increasingly popular no-label look.

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