Food and Beverage

After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.
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Gabletop proves Fruitful for foodservice

Damon Industries begins packing juice and drink concentrates in gabletop cartons for foodservice accounts out West. A retail version is possible next year. Contract packers will help expand sales nationwide within five years.
On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
Mission has teamed up with produce marketer Tanimura & Antle to sell avocados in 2-count bags with high-impact graphics
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Mission's on a MissionRIPE mission

A California firm recently installed the first automatic set-up and sealing system for an unusual MAP produce shipper. It provides a three-week refrigerated shelf life for ripe avocados, allowing nationwide distribution.
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Supplier news: In Memoriam

Wilhelm B. Bronander passed away on April 8, 1996. He is recognized for more than 40 years of service to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute and was instrumental in the formation of Pack Expo.
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Motorized conveyor pulley

The Sparks/Dura-Drive(TM) 4.5" dia motorized pulley provides a 62% increase in radial load weight for belt conveyor systems, says manufacturer Sparks Belting (Grand Rapids, MI).
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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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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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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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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.

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