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Candy container for captured creatures

Amurol Confections had kid collectors in mind with its Bug City package, a polystyrene jar filled with 2.4 oz of insect-shaped candy tarts. The Bug City product is not new.
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But the threaded closure used previously was causing problems on the packaging line because the threads wouldn't align properly thus causing a jam at the capper says Steve Paral director of purchasing for Yorkville IL-based Amurol Confections.

In partnership with distributor Berlin Packaging (Chicago IL) Waddington Jaycare (Carlstadt NJ) the maker of the Bug City jar approached Amurol with a solution: an injection-molded low-density polyethylene stock closure that snaps on for smoother application on the line. What's more Waddington Jaycare uses mold inserts to punch airholes in the 53-mm HingeGard® closure so kids have a reusable critter cage after the candy is gone. The candy is kept fresh with a removable foam liner inserted under the lid.

Paral hopes the fall release of two insect-related movies ("Antz" and "A Bug's Life") will ignite kids' interest in bugs and therefore his product. "We have a variety of counter and floor displays that we hope to promote by ourselves out in the marketplace while the subject matter is hot.

The 42# paper label has not changed. It's flexo-printed in six colors by MPI Label Systems (University Park IL).

Bug City retails for 89¢ and is available across the U.S. in convenience drug and grocery stores.

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