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At Johnson Controls' recycling plant at Novi, MI, incoming PET bottles are debagged and fed into the company's process that prod
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FDA plans to speed approval for PCR use

Packagers are delighted with what they've heard about new post-consumer plastic resin rules expected this fall. Data requirements will be clearer and more specific so retesting will be minimized.
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At Shepard?s, the mail order fulfillment house for the Museum, nine packing stations use the water- soluble loose fill. Overhea
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Moma knows best about loose fill

For packaging and shipping its exclusive gifts, New York's Museum of Modern Art opts for a dissolvable cushioning material to protect the art pieces and the environment.
At the end of Barber Foods? packaging line, Lock?n?Pop is applied to a box top by two pneumatically operated nozzles
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Barber Foods pops for an alternative

When stretch wrap's true colors showed through-and weren't green-this chicken product producer switched to an adhesive palletizing system.
Sales of Roskam Baking1s Rothbury Farms retail croutons and stuffing mix have increased briskly since the company changed from a
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Crouton pouch stands up to the competition

Stand-up reclosable pouches replace folding cartons with inner liners for Roskam Baking's line of Rothbury Farms croutons. Zippers are applied in-line on new horizontal rotary form/fill/seal machines.
A 70-micron oriented PP sleeve label is applied to the filled and capped PET bottle prior to proceeding through a shrink tunnel
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Purity pervades Gleneagles' filling process

From natural springs to cleanroom filling conditions, Gleneagles ensures product purity that can be seen in glass-like PET.
Many retailers order small quantities to minimize inventories, as these stacked pallets of corrugated cases suggests
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First Brands bags labor, freight savings

New logistics software helps First Brands configure retail display pallets cost efficiently, lowering labor and freight costs by 50% and 30%, respectively.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Ft. Dearborn Lithograph acquired Screaming Color Inc., and renamed it Virtualcolor (Itasca, IL).
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Bill Laimbeer and Vinnie Johnson, former Detroit Pistons pro basketball players will form a box business called Piston Packaging, Inc.
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Festive cup stars at Carl's Jr. restaurants

A converting process expands into cups, creating a festive holiday promotion for
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Weigh bagger

WeighPack Systems (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) offers machines for efficient and accurate bagging of fresh, processed or frozen foods from less than 1/2 oz to 50 lb into a variety of bags, cartons, jars or trays.
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CPET food trays

Green-Tek (Edgerton, WI) has developed dual-ovenable, micro-waveable and freezer compatible trays made of CPET. These thermally stable trays can withstand 40° to 400°F and are available in black or white.
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TE tubs

Clear OPS tubs for baked goods from Wilkinson Mfg. (Ft. Calhoun, NE) use the patented DeltaPak(TM) TE closure for protection against pilferage. Overwrap or shrink bands can be eliminated and the tubs can be opened easily in a simple, one-step process.
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High-performance polyesters

HiPERTUF(TM) polyester resins from Shell Chemical (Akron, OH) are homopolymer 2ƾ dimethyl naphthalate-based polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), which provide a number of benefits over PET, including hotter fill temperatures, better chemical resistance, and improved gas and UV barriers.
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Barrier film

Bicor® 60MAC film from the Films Div. of Mobil Chemical (Pittsford, NY) unites two Mobil technologies to provide oxygen, moisture, flavor and aroma barrier properties.
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Stroh launches special carton, grip bottle

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of World War II and salute its veterans, Detroit-based Stroh Brewery will market its Schlitz beer from May to October in two cartons with nostalgic designs.
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Will UnPET expand supply of RPET?

Packagers worrying about the availability of recycled polyethylene terephthalate resin will likely be encouraged by the announcement last month that a new process for recycling post-consumer PET has been developed by United Resource Recovery Corp.
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8,600 canned hams recalled

Small glass shards found in two hams, one in Iowa, one in Wisconsin, prompted F.D.L. Foods, Inc., Dubuque, IA, to voluntarily recall 8길 3-lb canned hams.
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Clairol specs PCR plastic and paperboard

Substantial percentages of recycled post-consumer material are being used in the packaging of two new product lines from New York, NY-based Clairol.

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