Based in Duluth, MN, Luigino's, Inc. has made its Michelina brand frozen pastas and entrees big sellers across the country. At the firm's Jackson, OH, plant, a packaging line that went into production last fall uses a Loma 7000 Combo, an integrated metal detect-ion/checkweighing system.
The new PLS 800 programmable limit switch from Candy Controls (Niles, IL) offers eight-function output, programmable zero offset, absolute on/off, start/stop or dwell anywhere from 0 to 359° in a machine cycle, and a programmable production rate indicator.
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.
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.
Through a recent licensing agreement with Barilla S.p.A of Italy, Camden, NJ-based Campbell Soup Co. has begun manufacturing and marketing the Barilla line of pasta sauces, said to be Italy's number one pasta sauce.
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.