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How big is the food packaging business?

Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
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Soup cups go private label (sidebar)

Better bagging, too
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Hot ink coder

The HK50 hot ink coder from Graseby Allen (Elmhurst, IL) can imprint price, date, lot number or logos on a continuously moving film at speeds to 295'/min and 1100 prints/min.
Not only does the new forming web for the Idexx blister pack provide better  barrier, it doesn1t turn yellow as its predecessor
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Lamination solves a pair of problems

Forming web used for blister packs of reagent chemicals turned yellow with age and provided insufficient moisture barrier. New material addresses both issues.
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Meat packaging film

American National Can (Chicago, IL) has introduced a multilayer packaging film called Q3(TM). An addition to the proprietary Tubular Water Quenched line of plastic packaging, Q3 offers enhanced performance for traditional processed meat products, such as sausages and lunch meats, as well as applications that use a deep-draw process, such as bulk smoked sausage or braunschweiger.
The smooth vertical movement of the stretch wrapper?s film carriage is accomplished, in no small part, by plastic rollers (shown
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Rollers stabilize stretch wrapping

Contoured plastic rollers allow a film carriage to smoothly ascend and descend during stretch wrapping. OEM component helps packagers like Farley Candy wrap loads more efficiently.
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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.
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.
With its software system, Bueno Foods can order more exact case sizes to efficiently fill individual units within each case. Exa
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Software proves "bueno" for Mexican food producer

Bueno Foods turns to software to more efficiently pack pouches and cups into corrugated shipping cases, then stack those cases onto a pallet. The result: Lower labor costs, reduced case inventories, and more space in the warehouse.
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Convinced container shape sells,Coke to change can's contours

The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
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Shrink wrappers energize vitamin maker

California-based Pharmavite's shrink wrappers with customized infeeds boost speed and reduce changeover time for bundled multipacks of bottled vitamins and food supplements.

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