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A tamping arm places the p-s label (left). Shiseido?s labeler came with digital controls (above
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Shiseido shines at short-run flexibility

Shiseido's tabletop labelers provide short-run solutions for applying language-specific labels on bottles and jars of cosmetics for export.
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ALFA Production Systems, Inc: Shrink tunnel

Using an infrared heater, the IRHT shrink tunnel from ALFA (Westfield, NJ) can target heat application to shrink sleeves in any given spot. The tunnel accommodates products up to 10"Wx15"H for labeling and bundling.
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Beverage company invests in new bottles, labeler

Since its inception in 1992, Tradewinds beverages has seen three different bottle designs, with the most recent hitting store shelves in mid-April.
When they?re conveyed into the shrink-film machines, the refrigeration units already have top and bottom end caps and interlocki
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Shrink-wrapped protection for white goods

When a British manufacturer of freezers and refrigerators entered a more upscale segment of the market, shrink film was the packaging material of choice.
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Bat-shaped bottle hits test markets

National Beverage Corp. is stepping to the plate with a sports drink that it hopes will drive up sales the way baseball sluggers drive in runs. In April, the Fort Lauderdale, FL-based company began test marketing Louisville Slugger Sports Drink®, a 20-oz beverage sold in four "Power ized®" flavors.
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Sunscreen labeling changes

New regulations on sun protection products are designed to better inform consumers. The regulations call for uniform, streamlined labeling on all OTC sunscreen products, including sunscreen-cosmetic combinations.
Formed beef patties are automatically dropped into formed trays by a retractable conveyor system
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Migros 'MAPS' out a meat strategy

The Migros chain of supermarkets in Switzerland relies on barrier materials and centralized, modified-atmosphere packaging for its case-ready fresh ground beef.
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New label doesn't corrode

Aggressive cleaning products and labels often don't mix. Just ask Wayne, NJ-based Castrol. The printing on the surface-printed in-mold label used on 1-gal jugs of its Super Clean(TM) cleaner and degreaser was disintegrating whenever the liquid cleaner dripped over the label.
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Food, beverage packaging to star at supermarkets

New packages stand out for major brands like Snapple, Mrs. Butterworth's and Sara Lee at this year's FMI show.
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Label helps curb product diversion

A holographic labeling program instituted by hair-care manufacturer Sebastian Intl. helps to identify distributors and salons that sell or resell products to unauthorized retailers.
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Green Bay Packaging Inc: Labeling films

Green Bay Packaging (Green Bay, WI) has introduced seven new labeling films that all use a clear 1.5-mil PE liner that provides an easy, consistent release with no silicone offset.
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Intertape Polymer Group: Light-gauge shrink film

Exlfilmplus(TM) LTG is a 45-ga polyolefin thin shrink film made by Intertape Polymer Group (Bradenton, FL). The film is engineered for applications that need versatility.
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More than just a pretty package (sidebar)

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Beef labeling

Congress continues to ponder requiring country-of-origin labels on some imported foods, including beef and lamb. Package labels would indicate the origin of the meat source and the percentages of both domestic and imported meat when they are blended, as in ground beef.
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OTC drugs sport new labels

Over-the-counter drugs must contain a new standardized format label designed to make it easier for consumers to understand a drug's benefits, risks and proper use, according to a new regulation from the U.S.

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