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Frozen--and functional--Paradise

Frozen Paradise Drinks(TM), Seagram Beverage Co.'s late entry to the successful premixed, shelf-stable frozen drink category, may prove that good things happen to those who wait.
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PEF honors Coca-Cola

Coke is it!
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Shrink graphics fire up hot sauce sales

Bold shrink band graphics that simulate molten lava erupting from 5 oz glass bottles of Little Freddy's Hot Lava hot sauce have spurred product sales by 15 to 20%.
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New thermoform makes tuna salad easier

After a '90s makeover, Charlie the StarKist Tuna resurfaces on packages of a new product, Ready Mixed Tuna Salad & Crackers. The product is a more convenient form of the Lunch Kit that StarKist Seafoods, Newport, KY, has been marketing for about four years.
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Natrel nets 30-day shelf life

A 30-day shelf life for fresh refrigerated milk?
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Clear surgical glove pouch carves out high-end niche

At a time when most surgical glove pouches consist of paper webs that are cold-sealed together, ECI Medical Technologies is positioning its product at the high end by introducing gloves in a clear film pouch that's printed gravure in two colors.
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Brewers turn to PET bottles, wide-mouth cans

A six-month shelf life is claimed for amber 1-L bottles of polyethylene terephthalate holding dark beers produced and marketed by Canada's Algonquin Brewing Co., Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.
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Twist-wrapper coating

The Twistall System from UCB Transpac (Brussels, Belgium) allows thin films to be used as a twisting material for candy, throat lozenges, or similar applications.
Graphic Packaging?s new 10-station press (above) operates at speeds exceeding 1,000?/min. At a laminating station near the end o
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New press focuses on flexibility

Converter Graphic Packaging's Franklin, OH, plant is the first in the U.S. to use a new press that can print flexible packaging by gravure and flexography, and dry-bond laminate and apply cold-seal or hot melt wax-coat in-line. Kroger's coffee bags represent the first commercial application.
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Premier Plastics grows PET bottle business

California blow molder is among the first in the U.S. to use a 24-cavity injection/stretch blow-molding machine that increases 1/2-liter PET bottle output by at least 40 million per year.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

ReedSpectrum (Holden, MA): Jack W. Haines, dir. of sales.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Krones, Inc. (Franklin, WI): Floris Delée, brewery eng./product mgr. of Steinecker, subsidiary of the Kronseder Business Group (Neutraubling, Germany).
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Heat-resistant resin

Capron® PA 6 and PA 6.6 homopolymer resins from AlliedSignal Plastics (Morristown, NJ) are heat-resistant and have a high barrier against oxygen, flavor and aroma permeation.
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Touch Top emerges from development

In development for about four years at Ball Metal Beverage Container Group (Broomfield, CO), the Touch Top(TM) aluminum 202 can end is poised to make its commercial debut.
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Composite canister cuts costs

When a metal can supplier phased out the can sizes used by Beer Nuts, Inc. for its namesake snack, the Bloomington, IL-based snack company turned to composite canisters from Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
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Pampryl is juiced over bottle resin

In May, French fruit juice company Pampryl began selling 11 varieties of aseptically filled juice and nectar within France in a 1-L plastic bottle. The bottle maintains the 12-month unrefrigerated shelf life of its glass predecessor.
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Easy-open pack for bundles

Bundles of six 2-L water bottles from Perrier/Vittel, Paris, France, get an easy-open feature thanks to a new multilayer shrink film with directional tear resistance.
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Trilingual label cleans up

Last year, Naperville, IL-based Babson Brothers introduced a line of PRECISE dairy pipeline cleaning tablets. To satisfy its international customers, the firm had to be sure that usage instructions were available in English, Spanish and French.

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