Food and Beverage

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Films let produce breathe comfortably

Passive controlled atmosphere technology that lengthens the shelf life of fresh-cut produce takes many forms, as these three FPA award winners demonstrate.
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Along with counterfeit manuals (top row), Microsoft CD-ROM packaging has also been subject to fakes. The second row shows all c
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Countering counterfeiters

Congress wants to toughen criminal and civil penalties against product and package counterfeiting. Today, infrequent prosecutions and soft sentences drive the debate.
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Barking up the wrong trademark

Should a company be able to call its dog biscuits DOGIVA and package them like Godiva chocolates?
Brushes wipe neck and body labels onto spirits bottles on Heaven Hill?s PET filling line (above), and to 750-mL square glass bot
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Labelers help Heaven Hill reach new heights

Rotary labelers lift Heaven Hill Distilleries' spirits by boosting application speed and reducing downtime and labor costs associated with prior picker labelers.
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Redefining food labels

The product inside may be more healthful or taste as good, but a package bearing a name like "meat product" or "peanut butter substitute" isn't likely to be as accepted as "bologna" or plain "peanut butter." As the food industry continues to develop new variations of old staples that are more in keeping with the public's desire for more nutritious and convenient foods, the U.S.
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EPA delays hazardous waste container rule

EPA has extended to June 5, 1996, the effective date of its hazardous waste containers rule, now being revised. The original rule, issued in December 1994, allowed the use of steel drums and pails that comply with U.S.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Milprint, Inc.'s (Oshkosh, WI) Lancaster, PA, facility was awarded the valued supplier award for 1995 from Kellogg's Muncy, PA, bakery.
HeaterMeals is a truly self-contained meal and heating system. In use (above) the office worker is pouring water from the suppli
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When the package becomes the 'oven'

Designed for the military, a flameless ration heater is now used for a shelf-stable consumer entree that converts the carton into an oven. HeaterMeals packs 'everything but the appetite' into meals for people on the go.
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Aseptic tub filler

Autoprod (Clearwater, FL) has introduced a new Gasti high-speed aseptic tub filler that uses servo-drives for product-specific settings of filling and transport parameters.
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Cylindrical shipper liners

Inliners Unlimited (Monroe, LA) offers a new line of molded inserts and round-bottom bag liners designed to conform to the shape of a pail or drum. PerfectFit liners are available in a variety of materials, including nonbarrier PE films, barrier coextrusions and high-barrier laminations.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.
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Adhesice saves the day

It's certainly not the size of Sutter Home. But Arcadian Estate Vineyards in Watkins Glens, NY, proved it could be pretty resourceful recently when it faced an order of 3길 bottles of chardonnay that had to be custom labeled for a Buffalo Zoological Gardens fund raiser.
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LPK makes packaging predictions

Package design firm Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) has probed its crystal ball to make public its "Packaging Predictions for 1996." "As baby boomers age, items we used to hide, like adult incontinence products, laxatives and dental adhesives, will be out in the open and packaging will be bolder to reflect this new, open attitude driven by the Woodstock generation turning 50," says Jerry Kathman, vp of client services.
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Miller's new beer joins 'family'

Miller Brewing, Milwaukee, WI, introduced its new Miller premium beer this month in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, with nationwide sales scheduled for March.
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Ohio bans Bad Frog beer

The old refrain, "there's no such thing as bad publicity," is proving true at Bad Frog Brewery Co., Rose City, MI. In October, the company successfully launched its Bad Frog premium beer within its home state.
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Aluminum "bottle" a first for vodka

While the cool, sleek appearance of brushed aluminum is not uncommon for health & beauty aids, it is unusual to see it in the spirits category. Hertford, U.K.-based MDT Wines & Spirits believes it is the first to use such a container for vodka.
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Cartons sport embossed graphics

For 18-oz Wheaties® cereal during December and January, Minneapolis-based General Mills used a special carton that lives up to the product's "Breakfast of Champions!" slogan.
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Polyolefin shrink film

A new polyolefin shrink film from Cryovac (Duncan, SC) is designed specifically for hard-to-wrap soft items packaged in chipboard trays. D-940 reduces haze, adds sparkle and eliminates folds known as dog ears, fish eyes and crow's feet.

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