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Coffee can is chock full of convenience.

New York-based Chock full o' Nuts Corp. has incorporated an easy-open ring-pull end on 12-oz cans of its new Cafe Blend line of coffee. Consumer appeal was the main attraction, says the firm's Andrea Bass.
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Pneumatic bagger

Don Williams Packaging's (Belmont, CA) Model A-10 pneumatic bagging machine automatically opens and positions bags for both vertical filling applications-including salad, nuts and hardware-as well as horizontal filling of difficult-to-package products such as tortillas or paper goods.
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Gravimetric drum fillers

The Model DN gravimetric drum fillers from Crandall International (Buffalo, NY) are designed to fill 15- to 55-gal drums with liquid and semi-liquid products in a range of viscosities.
Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN
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Congress ready to reform product liability

Caps on punitive damages and clauses on proportionate liability are strong candidates for inclusion in laws as Congress tackles tort reform.
Graphics have been redesigned for all Minute Maid packages
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Juiced up packaging

Chiquita tests SiOx-coated board and a brand new gabletop carton size. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Foods says goodbye to Minute Maid's basic black, redesigns Hi-C and launches a novel 7.7-oz aluminum can.
The tear strip is pulled open (left) to expose the reclosable zipper. Also visible is thepressure-sensitive label that?s manuall
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Golden Stream adds 'zip' to its bags

To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication (sidebar)

Flexible Frangos stand-up to competition
Sandoz has introduced its sensitive Lescol heart medication capsules in light-protective two-layer coextruded bottles
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication

The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.
Pouches exit the rotary filling turret and are drawn through a top-sealing device
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Pouch production soars at Goya division

A continuous-motion pouch-packaging operation at Packaging Ltd. is nearly 200% faster and 70% more accurate than the intermittent-motion system it replaced.
All eight stations on the press (above) are arranged around an offset cylinder measuring 48 inches in diameter. Eight mandrels (
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Dry offset printing reaches eight colors

Brand managers who market their products in plastic cups are no longer limited to six colors now that Polytainers has commercialized an eight-color dry offset printer. Yogurt marketers are clearly impressed.
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Converter adds third wicketer for PE bags

Sengewald USA's 140ꯠ-sq-ft Marengo, IL, converting facility has added a third bag wicketer to produce 2- to 4-mil polyethylene bags at rates to 175/min, for food, nonfood and medical packaging applications.
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Imagesetter aids Chicago Litho Plate

An imagesetter is providing faster turnaround time, added flexibility and improved separation quality and accuracy for Chicago Litho Plate's prepress operations.
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What ails the glass container industry?

That may not have been the question posed in a recent Dept. of Energy/U.S. glassmakers workshop on technology. But Anchor Glass' James Malone tried to answer it.
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AIMCAL winners reflect technical achievement

Technical merit and marketing appeal were key elements in this year's winners of the Package and Label Competition, sponsored by the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators. Well-polished packages took home awards.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. (St. Louis, MO) in a joint venture with Zhongde Brewery (Wuhuan, China) will begin producing Budweiser beer in China.
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Flowrapper

Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) Cougar(TM)LS flowrapper now has a lap seal feature for use on shrink, PE and other films. Uses a rotary hot knife to form end seals, eliminating hot wires and producing attractive bead seals.
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Valve applicator

Marble Manor's (Corbett, OR) VA100 series valve applicator for vacuum-packed coffee uses a heat-sealing process to apply a variety of valves to coffee bags, allowing gases from beans to escape quickly.
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Diverse forces shape today's creative packaging

The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.

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