Food and Beverage

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Dairy health claims

IDFA has asked FDA to reconsider the industry's petition to allow dairy-related health claims on food packaging. Specifically, it wants permission for claims associating adequate calcium intake with reduced hypertension risk.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

ReedSpectrum (Holden, MA): George Meury, dir. of mktg; Laurie J. Warner, mktg. mgr.
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Supplier news: Achievements

European Union's CE Mark certification: Ryan Instruments (Redmond, WA) for its Ryon PRO, MX, UTI, RL100 and Universal K temperature recorders; Electro Cam Corp.
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Wash-down coder

The US-4500 coder from Bell-Mark Sales (Pine Brook, NJ) is suited for applications with damp or hostile environments, such as in the dairy and meat industries.
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Can closing monitor

Food Instrument (Federalsburg, MD) has introduced a new top-and-bottom can closure monitor. The ADR-50DD detects and ejects defects in cans resulting from misapplied closures, unacceptable vacuum, pressure, fill level or temperature, body, seam and/or end imperfections.
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Vacuum skin packaging

Cryovac, a div. of W.R. Grace & Co. (Duncan, SC), has released a brochure on the company's vacuum skin packaging system. VSP allows shoppers to see the natural shape, color and texture of ready-to-prepare foods, cheeses, deli meats and other items.
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Coffee packaging brochure

American Packaging (Rochester, NY) has published a full-color brochure describing packaging options available to the coffee industry. These options include two-, three-, and four-ply heat-sealed pouches with clear or foil laminations, stand-up pouches with or without reclosable zippers and hanger holes, as well as stock pouches.
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Pack Expo turns packaging concepts into production realities

Packaging containers tend to be the milestones by which packaging advances are measured. But thousands of packagers coming to Pack Expo 96 (November 17-21, McCormick Place, Chicago) will assure you that there would be no visible packaging advances without the unseen contributions of packaging equipment.
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Drop-in replacement film cuts costs

President Baking Co., Atlanta, GA, saved 10% in material costs by making a switch in films for its Famous Amos® brand cookies in a 16-oz bag-in-box package.
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New grips and a Clear Choice Award

Neither a sports drink nor an iced tea, Talking Rain Beverage Co.'s new Ice(TM) Flavored Water began appearing on store shelves this June in a custom-designed 24-oz bottle known as "The Grip." "It took two years to design this bottle," says John Stevens, founder of the Preston, WA-based company.
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Casual tamperers tempted no more

An unlikely "marketer"--the State of Maryland--has taken steps to discourage casual tampering of crab meat packed in containers with snap-on lids. Seems that even the best-behaved supermarket shopper will occasionally sneek a peek, whiff or even a bite of that luscious but expensive fresh crab meat.
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Pack Expo eye-openers scheduled

Attendees at Pack Expo 96 can pick up unique insights on future packaging challenges by attending three Eye-Opener Breakfast Sessions. All three sessions will run from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
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Locking clamshells

Ivex Packaging (Lincolnshire, IL) has added eight new sizes to its Bar-Lock container line. These clear, oriented PS thermoformed clamshells are suited for cafeterias or the bakery, deli and produce departments of grocery stores.
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Horizontal form/fill/seal machine

The Hayssen/Bossar Model B-3700-3A horizontal form/fill/seal machine from Hayssen (Duncan, SC) is specifically designed for packaging retail portions of shredded cheese.
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Barrier shrink films

Cryovac®'s (Duncan, SC) new barrier shrink films help maintain the quality of moisture-sensitive products in a thin, clear package with market appeal.
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Foam-in-bag system

Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) has introduced a low-density top-fill packaging foam that expands to 200 times its original liquid volume to hold products in place within a shipper.
The graphical touchscreen interface allows an operator to request help and instructions on the various phases of the changeover
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Bass wraps up market flexibility

A highly flexible multipacker wraps 4-, 6- and 10-count bottles in paperboard to help Bass meet demands of disparate retail markets at home and abroad. Automatic servo-driven dimensional changeover takes 15 seconds.
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Pairing pack styles with markets

With Bass's vast reach to more than 70 different export markets, what determines which pack style is used for a given market?

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