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Candy packages get bitter response

Mars Inc., McLean, VA, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in early December seeking an order that bars E.J. Brach Corp., Chicago, IL, from selling Brach's redesigned package of Fruit Bunch® candy that bears a close resemblance to Mars' Starburst® fruit chews candy.
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Food label info accurate, says FDA

Most food marketers use accurate data in the Nutrition Facts panels that began to appear on packages earlier this year. So reported Dr. David Kessler, FDA commissioner, in mid-December about a random sampling of 300 products taken off grocery store shelves.
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Tf/f/s for beverages

Hassia (Somerville, NJ) now offers hot fill or aseptic deep draw tf/f/s equipment for noncarbonated juices, milk drinks, flavored waters, iced teas, and coffees.
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Vf/f/s with header card

Gess Systems (Palmyra, WI) has introduced a new vertical f/f/s system with a heat seal header attachment that produces bags up to 6" x 11" from rollstock at speeds over 25 packages/min.
Farmer members of the wheat growers1 cooperative enjoy seeing their own branded pasta in retail stores in their region. However,
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Pasta plant extraordinaire

The only way for this new pasta producer to meet the needs of three different market segments is to have a packaging operation designed for maximum flexibility.
Under conditions prevalent in many repulping operations (120?F, ?10?F, near neutral pH), the addition of Mead?s repulpable wet-s
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Making performance paper greener

Mead joins list of papermakers to develop processes permitting recovery of troublesome paper packaging. Repulpable wet-strength board could be a major boost to paper recovery.
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Liquid filling systems

Oden's (Buffalo, NY) new line of PRO/FILL GEN3 liquid filling systems handle a variety of liquids ranging in consistency from water to syrups, in volumes from .5 mL to 1 gal.
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Oil pail and drum labeler

A patented p-s label applicator designed for large petroleum and petrochemical labels has been introduced by Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA). Can produce labels up to 13" wide with a placement accuracy of ±1/16" for roll or fanfold labels at speeds to 30 labels/ min.
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TE yogurt container

Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) has introduced a patented polyethylene reclosable TE cap for yogurt and cultured dairy products. Using Autoprod's heat-form closing technology traditionally used for milk cartons, the cap uses a mechanical external ring with a pull tab for 8-oz dairy containers.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Coleman Natural Meats Inc. (Denver, CO): Lee Arst, chief executive officer.
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PET labeling brochure

A new brochure from National Starch and Chemical, Adhesives Div. (Bridgewater, NJ) offers insight into labeling PET soft drink bottles and food containers.
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Pharmaceutical Makers Show Preference for Dedicated Suppliers

Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
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Reduced-fat crackers demand flavor protection

Reduced-fat food products continue to be a key weapon in the new-product arsenal at Nabisco Foods Group, Parsippany, NJ. The success of such products often hinges on the quality of the packaging materials that are specified.
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Pillsbury chooses Chep pallets

Beginning December 3, Minneapolis-based Pillsbury Co. began offering its entire line of retail food products on pallets owned by Chep USA (Park Ridge, NY).
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Paper makes strong comeback in bottle, can carriers

From an InterBev show that was nearly devoid of new primary packages, paperboard multipacks for cans and bottles showed creativity. International Paper (Purchase, NY) not only displayed its Triton carrier (see PW, June, '94, p.
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Food Label Rules Changes Unlikely, Despite Industry Pressure

Even though there is pressure from within the food industry for modifications aimed at easing restrictions of health claims on food labels, the Food and Drug Administration doesn't appear to be in a mood to make many changes.
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Food groups oppose Mexican labeling proposal

A regulation proposed by Mexico to prohibit food companies from using Spanish language labels applied over existing labels for the Mexican market is being opposed by two major U.S.
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Gamma-ray resistance

DuPont's (Wilmington, DE) metallized PVDC-coated Mylar XM MC1T and MC2 polyester films are now available with a gamma-ray resistance feature. An excellent barrier to oxygen, moisture, light, flavor and odor, applications include sterile packaging of medical supplies and aseptic packaging of oxygen-sensitive foods, such as juices, purees and pastes.

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