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Hershey 'opens' up for digital motion control

Standardizing on SERCOS for digital motion control in packaging equipment permits Hershey to reduce construction, installation, start-up and maintenance costs.
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Future shock

Leading packagers chart a course into the 21st century of packaging technology.
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.
The barrier foam tray now used for secondary packaging replaced a thermoformed flexible film. It makes Burnett?s line of micr
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Burnett cooks with foamed PP/EVOH tray

California marketer of precooked beef and pork takes the home meal replacement concept to a new level thanks to its foamed PP tray with EVOH barrier.
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Lozenges are blister-packed, flow-wrapped

Seeking to make the packaging for its Throaties medicated lozenges more consumer-friendly, Ernest Jackson, based in Crediton, Devon, England, switched from a foil bag-in-carton to an overwrapped blister card.
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Looking for machinery trends? Read PMMI's numbers; forget DoC's

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Sealing jaws heat-seal the two side edges from the bottom up through the ultrasonically-sealed top zipper area before a cut-off
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition

Five new hf/f/s machines allow Heinz to switch from pillow packs to stand-up, resealable zipper pouches for its Pup-Peroni and Jerky Treats dog snacks.
The redesigned bags of chopped and shelled walnuts (left) provide a stronger brand identity than did their predecessor (above).
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Mariani's sales go nuts following graphic redesign

Richer, more vibrant colors, traditional logo and product viewing window trigger strong sales gains for Mariani, a California nut grower and processor.
By holding a die-cut handle at the top and shaking the bag, users can dispense ice melting compound through a mesh bottom gusset
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Bags stretch advantages for packagers and end users

Among FPA's winning packages sold at retail are a flat-bottom flexible bag made on first-of-its-kind vf/f/s machinery, a club-store bag incorporating a transverse zipper for reclosability, and a patented shaker bag that handily dispenses ice melt.
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition (sidebar)

Heinz weighs benefits of scale systems
The 14-head scale system1s (top) accuracy helps Basic American Foods reduce product giveaway. While bags (inset) are marketed fo
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Foodservice bag displays retail points

Basic American Foods launches a first-of-its-kind bag for dehydrated potatoes sold to foodservice markets. Pointillistic graphics attract customers while the bag reduces secondary packaging.
An improved bag for Manzate Fungicide (top) increases  productivity by 25%. GardenTech Singles (above) were developed with custo
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Agricultural winners at FPA

Two innovative flexible packages merit an 'A' for Agricultural.
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Packaging potatoes for consumer convenience

Add sliced potatoes to the growing list of branded, prepared produce packaged in flexible films for refrigerated display in the supermarket. Launched in the first week of January were four varieties of Fresh From The Start® potatoes from 50/50 partners Maine Packing of Caribou, ME, and Fresh From The Start LLC of Riverhead, NY.

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