Food and Beverage

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USDA streamlines, too

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced two more steps toward deregulation of the meat and poultry industry. As of July 1, the burden of approval is reduced and labeling responsibility reverts back to companies.
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform efforts continue on Capitol Hill and food packaging stands to be affected. The Food Safety Reform Coalition (representing food and beverage manufacturers) is working to amend legislation introduced by Rep.
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Olestra label dispute

Procter & Gamble Co. and Frito-Lay, the nation's biggest snack manufacturer, are asking FDA to accept less explicit language in labeling requirements for products containing olestra, a fat replacement ingredient developed by P&G.
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Roll-fed labeler

An updated version of the 900 Series Polyclad roll-fed labeler from Associated Packaging Equipment (Markham, Ontario, Canada) features stainless-steel construction for use by the dairy, food and beverage industries.
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Permeation gauges

Mocon (Minneapolis, MN) offers a complete line of instruments for measuring oxygen, water vapor, carbon dioxide and aroma transmission rates through barrier films and packages.
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LDPE drum liner

ValuLiner® VLN from New England Plastics (Woburn, MA) is a 15-mil, smooth-sided, 55-gal LDPE drum liner that folds flat and nests for easy storage, but shakes open to install inside drums without pushing or tugging.
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Del Monte Italy tries new aseptic concept

Del Monte Foods Sud Europa S.p.A. (San Felice sul Panaro, Italy) has found a way to go from heavy, stock polyethylene terephthalate bottles to lightweight proprietary designs and cut its bottle costs by two-thirds at the same time.
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Lean look courts young adults

Call it the no-label look that's almost no label at all. Hereford, U.K.-based H.P. Bulmer is hoping the minimalist look of its Decoda alcoholic soda will appeal to its targeted 18-to-22-year-old demographic.
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Smart cartridges offer premium juice

Minute Maid Foodservice's latest venture in juice dispensing technology is Minute Maid® Premia, a new, high-tech dispenser designed to eliminate imprecise mixing of water and juice concentrate.
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PEN homopolymer okay for food contact

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a long-awaited regulation permitting the use of polyethylene naphthalate homopolymer for food packaging.
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Geared for application

About all Scott Stevenson and Bijan Hosseini knew about sunscreen before they launched Newport Beach, CA-based Solar Gear, Inc., was that the greasy residue it left on their hands after use interfered with their outdoor activities, including surfing, golfing and fishing.
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Regaining economies of scale in glass

If Lipton's new paperboard container is the showpiece innovation, the tea maker's engineers helped pay for it with a quiet consolidation of its glass containers for iced tea products.
Each vf/f/s machine is paired with a volumetric cup filler to crank out bags of berries at about 40/min
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Berry bagging gets better

Northland Cranberries installed eight volumetric fillers and as many vf/f/s machines for its line of branded fresh fruit. Automation increases its case-per-day capacity by 50%.
Finished d?essence sampler packages (above) measure roughly 1? high and 3? wide at their widest points. Each requires a separate
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Essence of success

Distinguished packaging for perfume "duplicates" creates an air of a well-established presence for new manufacturer/marketer d'essence. Impressive results merited an award from the Paperboard Packaging Council.
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NACD calls cocktail mix bottle 'Finest'

Polypropylene bottle earns top award by providing functionality and contact clarity for cocktail mixes sold for on-premise use. Other easy-to-use containers also won awards, as did containers differentiated by decoration.
Single-faced laminating provides 100% print coverage since the ?label? is actually a preprinted liner that?s laminated directly
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Schneider short-sheets paper costs

J.M. Schneider eliminates a layer of paper with its new F-flute litho-laminated box for prepared meats. The package reduced material costs and box manufacturing steps and competes with paperboard on cost, appearance.
In Sonoco?s pilot production line, seven lanes of canisters are being gently conveyed from the container former/cutter to the pa
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Sonoco's new line produces 'swell' shape

Called a pilot line, Sonoco's new nonround paperboard canister fabricating line at Hartsville, SC, will keep Lipton and others supplied. European forming technology and paper bottom sealing rounds off Lipton's rectangular shape.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Myers Container Corp. (Emeryville, CA) and Container Management Services, a div. of Western Drums, Inc., (Hayward, CA) have merged their reconditioning operations, now known as Container Management Services, LLC.

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