Food and Beverage

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New charm for cereal cartons

Minneapolis, MN-based General Mills Co. hopes an innovative color coating process will shed a new hue on the old subject of back panels of cereal cartons.
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Wire stopper cap makes a comeback

Retro packaging strikes again. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is the latest player in the retro game, reaching all the way back to the late 1800s for old-time appeal.
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Sleeve labels for blow-molded bottles

Huhtamaki (Overland Park, KS) has developed sleeve labels for use on blow-molded milk and juice bottles. These four-sided labels can be printed in up to eight colors for maximum billboard space, with sufficient room for newly established nutritional information requirements.
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Cheese overwrap film

Designed to replace conventional overwrap films for cheese, Cryovac's (Duncan, SC) BDF-4000 is a high-barrier film with built-in oxygen and aroma barriers.
After discharging from the liquid nitrogen chiller, deodorant containers index to this capper for application of polypropylene c
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Deodorant sticks chill big time in small space

Tom's of Maine doubles its production of stick deodorants by adding an in-line chiller that uses liquid nitrogen to rapidly cool the hot-filled product.
With its new twin-head filling system (left), Mid-Florida Mining can more evenly blend cat   litter and scented crystals. Both
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Twin-auger filler is pick of the litter

Automated filling and capping of jugs containing cat litter helps Mid-Florida Mining reduce giveaway by 83% and labor costs by 45%. Increased efficiency helps push new product offerings and increase sales.
Meats like Hormel?s Spam that are heat processed in the can are critically dependent on the package integrity for wholesomeness
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USDA keeps on trucking with HACCP

USDA is ready to issue a joint proposal with FDA on warehousing and distribution of packaged foods. New safety requirements could affect packaging.
The ingredient statement of this Lipton soup package is likely to change if USDA insists on food makers identifying ?mechanic
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Playing 'chicken' with food labels

USDA dares food processors to put 'mechanically separated poultry' in ingredient panels.
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Making calcium health claims?

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow a health claim on dairy products stating that adequate calcium intake may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
A World Variety employee applies tags while trimming and repackaging produce for delivery to a retailer. A Melissa?s? tag (left)
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Locking in sales

A California-based produce wholesaler opts for new tags for improved product identification and greater brand visibility.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: Minolta Corp.'s (Ramsey, NJ) Instrument Systems Div.; Georgia-Pacific's (Atlanta, GA) Kansas City, MO, plant; Grace Davison's (Baltimore, MD) North American Silicas/Adsorbents product line; Mead Containerboard's (Atlanta, GA) plant in Spartanburg, SC.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Steinau-Fisher, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) has changed its name to Fisher Design, Inc
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Supplier news: International agreements

Crabtree Group (Tyne & Wear, England) announced the proposed acquisition of Oven Systems, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Tetra Pak (Chicago, IL) and the Graham Packaging Group (York, PA) plan to expand their recently-formed global alliance for the dairy business. That includes entry into the U.S.
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Valve/liner system

Inliners Unlimited (Monroe, LA) has introduced a valve to be used with barrier liners as a low-cost way to control gases in drums, pails, boxes or IBCs.
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Seven-layer coextruded film

Curwood (Oshkosh, WI) has introduced ICE(TM) (internal coolant exchange) 9300, a new seven-layer high-barrier coextruded flexible film. It provides haze-free clarity, color fade protection and longer shelf life, says the company.
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Cook-in films

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has released data sheets describing the full family of CN-Series cook-in materials, the multi-ply, co-extruded shrinkable structures for meat and poultry products.
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New Year's promise: Internet packaging data

Imagine this. You get a sample of a stand-up pouch used to market salad dressings in Australian food stores. Marketing is pushing to introduce such a product/package ASAP.

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