In unity there is strength, particularly in lobbying. Two national grocery trade groups and several state food associations will join efforts to lobby on key federal and state issues affecting the food industry, many of which involve packaging.
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Culminating a two-year cooperative program, Avery Dennison's Decorating Technologies Div. (Framingham, MA) and Krones (Franklin, WI) have developed Thermocol, a new patent-pending system to apply heat-transfer decorating onto glass, plastic and metal containers at speeds to 500/min.
Sandoz Pharmaceuticals uses custom software on a central PC to control 16 devices--including label printers, applicators and scanners--to comply with customer bar code label requirements. The move saves over $425ꯠ annually.
In response to a petition from the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), FDA has proposed several changes in its food labeling regulations. After reviewing all its health claims rules, the agency is poised to propose simplified, flexible model claim language for some of the existing longer health claims.
As the U.S.Department of Agriculture moves towards implementing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based inspection system, nearly three-quarters of existing regulations could be simplified or even eliminated, according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
It's certainly not the size of Sutter Home. But Arcadian Estate Vineyards in Watkins Glens, NY, proved it could be pretty resourceful recently when it faced an order of 3길 bottles of chardonnay that had to be custom labeled for a Buffalo Zoological Gardens fund raiser.