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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.