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Bagging & Form/fill/seal

Dr. Ramani Narayan demonstrates a bag made with soy-based, compostable film
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Breakdown breakthrough?

Compostable films made with soy proteins are now technically viable according to new research from Michigan State University. Next up: overcoming scale and cost hurdles.
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Flexo savings are in the bag

Bake-Line Products lowers print and package development costs while shortening lead times by switching from gravure-printed pre-made bags to flexo-printed rollstock.
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Neckhanger displays gum sample pack

Clearly Canadian and Warner-Lambert have teamed up in a joint sampling program to promote gum and sparkling water. Throughout the summer, three million 1-L polyethylene terephthalate bottles of Clearly Canadian's wild cherry-flavored sparkling water will have their necks adorned with a five-stick sample pack of cherry Trident gum from Morris Plains, NJ-based Warner-Lambert.
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Clarification

In our story "Quaker makes waves in cereal market" (see PW, June '98, p. 41), we reported that the contract packer used a Laudenberg machine to make, fill and seal Quaker Oats' 100% Natural Granola cereal in stand-up, resealable pouches.
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Comstar: Thermal-transfer printer

The new PrintPRO(TM) Sonic(TM) thermal-transfer imprinter from Comstar Printing Solutions (Streetsboro, OH) works in-line with f/f/s baggers to print bar codes, text and graphics on packaging material at 60 to 120 packs/min on medium-sized bags; up to 200/min on smaller bags.
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Tiger thermoforms paper/plastic structure for cheese

Swiss company is believed first to use cellulose in a thermoform/fill/seal package for shelf-stable packs of cheese. The 20-g packs of cheese were introduced in the U.S. in June.
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Looking for a packaging edge? Explore technology's promises

If you're looking for an edge--and who isn't?--there's a wealth of emerging technology available today that can help: (1) improve the quality of your product; (2) heighten your packaging line productivity; (3) reduce your packaging costs; and (4) improve your product sales/profitability.
A footed bowl allows each of the four Hot Bowls varieties to stand and display nicely. Inside are all the components necessary,
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The power of packaging on display at FMI

Hot Bowls, packaged apple slices and fresh spinach that can be microwaved right in its clear film package were among the highlights at this year's FMI show.
Sold to school foodservice programs in five states, these fresh apples in MAP pouches are a big hit with students
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Apple and tortilla packs break the foodservice routine

Fresh, sliced apples for school foodservice customers and tortillas for hotel and restaurant kitchens both come in packages that look like they were lifted from a retail setting.
Rhino Foods is relying on artwork by a prominent Vermont artist to help its Chessters frozen cookie sandwiches cut through the
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Carton takes Chessters to supermarket freezers

Rhino Foods of Burlington, VT, had a nice little business going with Chessters, a frozen chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich named after a Chesapeake Bay retriever.
A stand-up pouch with a pour spout is expected to help Nu Skin?s SportaGEL energy gel stand apart from the competition when it?s
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets

A stand-up, spouted pouch for an energy gel filled in the U.S. and sold in Japan, a first-of-its-kind milk pouch in Germany, and a stand-up frozen fruit pouch MAP-packed in Costa Rica illustrate the global power of the pouch.
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Future shock (sidebar)

Blue-sky packaging ideas
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets (sidebar)

While it contains no liquid, Quaker Oats' new "dual pack" for its 100% Natural Granola is bound to make waves in the cold cereal category.
This simplified drawing shows a SERCOS network that connects the drives and the motion controller, which in turn is connected to
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Hershey 'opens' up for digital motion control (sidebar)

What SERCOS is and isn't
Among Nabisco?s global product offerings is this flexible structure for Oreo cookies marketed in Indonesia
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Packagers ponder global opportunities for flexibles

Packaging executives from Procter & Gamble, Nabisco and Phoenix Packaging Resources discuss flexible packaging priorities and challenges in markets around the globe.

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