Purchasing plans for packaging machinery will outpace inflation in '99, says a survey conducted for PMMI. Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage businesses see biggest gains, while three industries expect declines.
A state-of-the-art line at Voortman Cookies in Canada uses 10 vision-guided robots to simultaneously pack cookies into five trays at 1걄 cookies/min. Saves C$450ꯠ/yr in labor costs and provides 10-minute tool-less changeover.
Several new bills have been introduced in Congress to require country-of-origin labeling on products containing imported meat and meat products. The bills would amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act so that packaging not containing a label identifying the country of origin of imported meat and meat products would be considered misbranded.