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Sanitation measures in the HEPA-filtered packaging room include full garb, mask and boots for the operator, who also passes thro
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Nature's Pleasures launches fresh-cut apple slic es

This processor may not be the first to package apple slices in an extended shelf-life MAP format. But management believes its technology gives it an edge over those who pioneered the concept.
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Nestlé 'Flipz' for new bag

Nestlé Chocolate & Confections, a division of Glendale, CA-based Nestlé U.S.A., introduced Pretzel Flipz(TM) nationwide in August in the Stabilo Bag® from Rovema (Lawrenceville, GA).
As a case nears the print-and-apply labeling system, it passes between two 3towers2 that form a 100-watt light 3curtain2. As
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Print-and-apply units compute for Bay Networks

Computer peripheral maker/distributor Bay Networks doubles throughput at its Sunnyvale, CA, distribution center with an automated print-and-apply labeling system and networked computer software systems.
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Birds Eye tries fresh, not frozen

Birds Eye fresh vegetables?
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Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.
Two reciprocating fill funnels deliver walnuts to open bags, two at a time (above). Downstream, bags are picked up by robotic he
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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.
Early shipments of the product carried a label covering only half the lid, but now a round label covering the whole lid provide
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Fruit's best fresh, MAP cup proves

Canadian fruit marketer uses modified atmosphere packaging to get a fresh fruit combo, with an 18-day shelf life, to convenience stores via central distribution channels.
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Zipper boosts sales of bagged carrots

After introducing a reclosable zipper for its 2- and 5-lb bags of peeled baby carrots last March, Grimmway Farms of Bakersfield, CA, saw its sales jump, says marketing manager Patty Boman.
The side-by-side lines (left) are used by DISA to handle non-free-flowing products that contain cornmeal and brown sugar or lard
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Auger filler takes on challenging cornmeal

DISA's 60ꯠ-sq' facility in Cali, Colombia, was almost four years old before one of its packaging lines became fully operational. The division of food giant CPC Intl., discovered that Maizena, a family of corn-flour-based mixes for puddings, cakes, and beverages, was very difficult to fill accurately.
Film unwinds from left to righton this horizontal rotary form/film/seal machine. The machine produces about 60 pouches/min. A sa
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Stand-up pouch stands tall on the shelf

A first-of-its-kind rotary hf/f/s machine helps Indiana candy and snack maker Golden Stream introduce 30 products in stand-up pouches. Retailers like the ways pouches can be merchandised; consumers like the resealable zipper that's applied in-line.
Film is ink-jet coded prior to filling at speeds of 250?/min.
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Cheese wrapping on the double

State-of-the-art dual-lane 'hot pack' technology produces cheese slices hermetically sealed in film at 1길/min, with one operator. Integrated ink-jet printers code each slice for consumer convenience and quality control.
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Rounding out paperboard packages to set them apart

When product/packaging development teams turn to the subject of paperboard carton structures, the discussion is generally pretty "boxy." How long, wide and deep must the carton be to hold the product?
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Freeze-dried veggies enjoy PVOH shield

A 0.84-mil oriented polypropylene with a coating of polyvinyl alcohol plays a key role in the distribution of Veggibles(TM), a novel freeze-dried vegetable snack from Beverly Hills Farmers Market.
New containers are helping Nestlé?s powdered milk mixes stand out internationally. In the U.K., a new hot chocolate drink mi
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Nestlé puts new faces on mix containers

A multi-material oval can in the U.K., a twin-pack of pouches in Switzerland, and a high-density polyethylene oval in the U.S. each deliver kid-oriented retail punch for Nestlé's powdered milk mixes.

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