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Web Plus: Capsule reviews

A variety of distinctive glass wine bot-tles are featured at www.winebottle.com, the site of Wine Bottle & Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada).
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The automatic shrink bundler produces multipacks in unsupported film or in overwrapped trays
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Aseptic PET is Henniez's cup of tea

A leader in the bottled water business in Switzerland, Henniez is making a bold move into in-line blowing and aseptic filling of plastic bottles for iced teas.
Peelable lidstock is heat-sealed to hot-filled cups of salsa (left) on an intermittent-motion cup filling machine. Before sealin
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Film structure is tops with Bel/Kaukauna

A multilayer peelable lidding film for plastic cups of hot-filled salsa eliminates leakers and provides easy opening.
Ranpak uses virtual reality modeling to demo its protective packaging equipment
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Site answers food label approval questions

Food packagers seeking guidance on obtaining approvals from USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) may want to visit Prime Label Consultants' (Washington, DC) site at www.primelabel.com.
Formed beef patties are automatically dropped into formed trays by a retractable conveyor system
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Migros 'MAPS' out a meat strategy

The Migros chain of supermarkets in Switzerland relies on barrier materials and centralized, modified-atmosphere packaging for its case-ready fresh ground beef.
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Alcoholic beverage packaging ban stuns

A new proposal to limit packaging options staggers industry. Agency would ban alcohol in packages that could lure underage drinkers.
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Buying plans strong for '99

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.
Set-up cartons convey in two lanes (above and inset) from left to right past a control panel toward the auger filling system (a
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Filling in a Jiffy

Chelsea Milling's new dual-lane auger filling system produces 20 boxes/min more than the filler it replaced while cutting in half the amount of giveaway of Jiffy baking mix.
S leeves for digital camera bags (left) allow  consumers easy access inside the bag and highlight how the bag should be used. ca
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Paperboard packs award-winning punch

Award winners in this year's Paperboard Packaging Competition range from digital camera bag sleeves to catheter cards to bagel cartons.
Cross-feed conveyors receive product from a distribution conveyor for direct delivery to the combination scales. Shown here is t
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Fire gives snack baker a clean slate

Fire claimed Pretzels, Inc.'s Indiana headquarters plant on Christmas Eve '97. By the following August, a new plant with a streamlined packaging room had risen from the ashes.
The output from all ten robots is handled by a single flow wrapper that wraps trays at 90/min (right). Operators can monitor the
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Robotic tray loaders speed cookie loading

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.
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Salons sample new pack

Regis salons give away an unusual sample pack printed with a $1-off coupon to entice customers to purchase regular-sized hair-care products.
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Polaroid pictures a perfect pack (sidebar)

Global cassette packs, too
The RF-sealed blister pack that Polaroid developed for global sales of its I-Zone pocket camera is shown here (left) as it will
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Polaroid pictures a perfect pack

Polaroid prepares for the launch of a global product in a global package. The I-Zone instant pocket camera will also test the company's new regional packaging strategy.
One way Unilever made its redesigned lotion packaging more suitable for global markets was to eliminate sizes typical in America
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Packaging for a global marketplace

As today's marketplace becomes increasingly global, how does that affect the way products are packaged? The strategies adopted by these firms provide some useful clues.

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