Food and Beverage

Successful suction.  The programmable dense-cup-population tooling uses a total of 128 vacuum cups to pick freshly baked buns and other products from primary packaging lines to bread trays
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Vacuum tooling reduces changeover time

The system was so successful at boosting speed on an end-of-line packaging solution for bread products that the OEM applied for and received a patent.
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NO SUBSTITUTE. FCB co-owner Tom Peters says, “When your business begins to grow, there is no substitute for well-engineered automation.”
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Craft beer maker implements automated bottle packing

Fort Collins Brewery saves time, labor, and worker tedium, while increasing production capacity to better serve growing markets.
STRIKING APPEARANCE. For flawless shrinkability on the globe-shaped bottles, that’s a function of the PETG film specified for the job.
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Shrink-sleeve label is a hit with kids

New line of zero-calorie beverages aimed at kids takes full advantage of Disney-licensed graphics, which spring to life thanks to special PETG label material and VSOP offset printing.
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A 20-year-old Diamond Award

Described at the time as the first retail aseptic package for processed baby food with particulates in a thermoform/fill/seal container, this package for Bledichef baby food was featured as the winner of the Diamond Award in the Dupont Awards competition for 1994.
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New forming web for sandwiches

A leading German manufacturer of refrigerated sandwich products sold in thermoformed Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Vital Convenience recently switched to a new thermoforming web.
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Sip on this: single-serve pouched wine debuts

Millennials looking for a new BYOW alternative for single-serve wine consumption can now select from among four varieties of single-serve wine in a 187-mL flexible spouted pouch.
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Stonyfield tests package-less froyo

Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and Chairman of organic yogurt company Stonyfield Farms says he has dreamed for years of creating a product where “after you eat the yogurt, you eat the cup too.”
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Nostalgia plays part in new Bosco syrup packaging

Updated packaging for two new flavors of Bosco syrups uses images to appeal to the brand’s original fans—baby boomers—while conveying the product’s health benefits.
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Spice line extension builds on bold package design

Curry sauce and spice mix maker Green Saffron adds a new range to its portfolio, borrowing and building upon the bold, colloquial graphics used for its debut products.
Flow wrapped biscuits at 70 packs/min.
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Flow wrapper handles biscuits at 70 packs/min

Leading UK biscuit maker Fox’s Biscuits has recently purchased a new flow wrapper.
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Nespresso launches compostable collection bag for coffee capsule recycling

Made from paper-based materials with a biopolymer coating, a new collection bag for Nespresso allows Austrian customers to conveniently gather coffee capsules for recycling.
Off The Shelf: New retail ice cream packs deliver out-of-home experience
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Off The Shelf: New retail ice cream packs deliver out-of-home experience

Packaging innovations in the ice cream category let consumers enjoy soft-serve ice cream complete with swirl lines and sip frosty shakes from a straw in their own homes.
Bush Brothers' Anthony Peterson talks data acquisition benefits.
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Manufacturing performance software brings big gains

What happens when a fifth-generation family-owned business goes shopping for real-time manufacturing performance software?
Representatives from two breweries at The Automation Conference 2014.
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Brewers wrestle with data acquisition

Brewers who are looking at various automation solutions, including automated data acquisition software, to help them cope with rapid growth should keep one thing in mind: Keep operations data in its own network and have it report out to an enterprise network. Otherwise, bandwidth issues could surface, and plant floor operations could be negatively affected.
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Toray Plastics (America): Clear high-barrier BOPP film

Torayfan® CBS2 film is an environment-conscious, clear, high-oxygen- and moisture-barrier BOPP film designed for use as the inside sealant web for the packaging of bakery items, crisp salty snacks, cookies, crackers, granola, fruit and nut mixes, and confections, as well as dry pet food and treats and non-food items.
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Kashi formulas or labels likely to change by end of year

The Kellogg Company agrees to drop the terms “all natural” and “nothing artificial” from some Kashi products.
CUSTOM FIT. Housed in a compact, custom-engineered frame, the digital thermal transfer printer retrofits nicely to Battistoni’s existing line and codes packages from 6-oz to 5-lb in volume
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'Swing' to thermal transfer printing

Pouched meat packer saves time and improves print quality and consistency.
Lid designs provide differentiation for Yeo Valley’s dairy products
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Lid designs provide differentiation for Yeo Valley’s dairy products

Consumers peel back a polyester lid to reveal a unique code that they enter online via the dairy’s website for a chance to win a VW campervan.

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