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SPONSORs February 4, 2011 | Edited by Jim George

Vertical cartoner can run theater boxes VFS>>

The Model CV6-350C is a continuous motion vertical cartoner from Z Automation Company (ZAC) that features a streamlined, modular design, patented dynamic carton cell chain, volumetric filler, and integrated vision system.

Z Automation

Case packer with rotary upstacker infeed for cartoned multipacks VFS>>

See video clip of this advanced KD case packer from Massmann Automation Designs that loads multi-packed cartons into cases at medium to high speeds.

Massman Automation Designs

Video shows robotic loading/unloading of sealed meal trays into retort system >>

See how this robotic retort loading and unloading system for 10-oz meal entrees increase line capacity and efficiency.


Extended text label replaces blister pack for insect repellent >>

Tender Corp. replaces blister pack with highly durable, flexible film extend-text label from WS Packaging that complies with French/English dual-language labeling regulations in Canada.

WS Packaging Group Inc.

Video shows foam-in-place hand-held dispensing gun >>

Video of next-generation IntelliPack SmartAim foam-in-place system from Pregis shows how this hand-held dispensing gun can be used to create cushioning, blocking and bracing or pre-molded pads.



Sweet Candy launches manufacturing, packaging subsidiary

Sweet Candy Co., Salt Lake City, UT, has launched a new subsidiary, Mount Olympus, to focus on its contract manufacturing/packaging and private-label business. Mount Olympus has invested in new equipment to increase its capabilities and capacities.

Expansion in the starch mogul, chocolate-enrobing, and packaging departments increases Mount Olympus' depth and breadth of abilities. The manufacturing facility uses HACCP systems, is kosher-certified and FDA-registered, and also is rated superior by AIB. Mount Olympus leverages Sweet Candy's 118 years in the confectionery business.

"The equipment that Mount Olympus has invested in makes the company an even more viable player in the contract manufacturing arena," says Greg Cater, vice president business development. "There aren't many U.S. manufacturers who have the variety of manufacturing and packing equipment that we do. We have the ability to make jujus, jellies, pectins, gummies, and marshmallows on the starch moguls. We can also make taffy and caramels, milk- and dark-chocolate-enrobed confections, and sugar and chocolate panned products.

"Furthermore," Cater adds, "Mount Olympus continues to push the envelope by offering all natural and nonGMO-ingredient products."


CPA ready to ‘Power Up!' at annual meeting

If the buying, selling, and managing of contract packaging services is your business, the Contract Packaging Association invites you to "Power Up!" at its annual meeting Feb. 24-27 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ.

The association announces its speaker roster and agenda for the meeting. They include:

• Jeff Hayzlett, who led the turnaround of one of the most iconic brands in the world as chief marketing officer at Kodak. His keynote presentation will be "The Mirror Test—Is Your Business Really Breathing?"

• Mark Burgett of Wind Point Partners will explore "Mergers and Acquisitions," and how they are affecting the contract packaging industry.

• Eric Greenberg, principal attorney at Eric F. Greenberg P.C., will help attendees Power Up! By "Brushing Up on the latest Legal News" in packaging law, and how it affects contract packaging and your business.

• Thomas Hudgin, president, Wilmington Quality Associates, will discuss "Where Did My Customers Go?"

John Riley, CPA president, will update attendees on association directives and initiatives, and an executive panel will hold a question-and-answer session covering a variety of industry-related topics.


Zelesnik retires as Contract Packaging Association executive director

Stan Zelesnik has retired as executive director of the Contract Packaging Association (CPA).

"After five years with CPA, and more than 45 wonderful years in the packaging business, it is time to move on," Zelesnik says. "I look forward to having the opportunity to spend more time with my family, enjoy my lake home, and relax a little. I may also do some consulting work from time to time, as a way to stay connected with this industry and with my longtime friends and colleagues."

"During Stan's tenure, the Contract Packaging Association has experienced significant growth and success," says John Riley, CPA president. "We appreciate his tireless efforts on our behalf, and wish him all the best in this new phase of his life."

Zelesnik began his career as a packaging trade press journalist, eventually leading to positions in senior management with Food & Drug Packaging, Packaging Technology & Engineering, BrandPackaging, and Flexible Packaging magazines.

He also served as director of education for the Institute of Packaging Professionals before joining CPA as executive director.

Ed Landon, principal at Landon, Farrey  & Associates (the CPA's management company), will assume executive director duties for the CPA.

Upcoming events:

ARC's World Industry Forum
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld Marriott, Orlando, FL. ARC's World Industry Forum focuses on business challenges and winning strategies. It provides the ideal environment for executives to collaborate, share ideas, and find new ways to attack their most pressing problems, from February 7-10.

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. Find new equipment, technology, and materials to lower costs, reduce waste, and increase efficiencies, from February 8-10.

Contract Packaging Association Annual Meeting
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ. A packed business agenda, networking, and social and recreational events will make this Annual Meeting CPA’s best, from February 24-27.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL. Sustainable Packaging Symposium, produced by Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability, will examine the pivotal role of packaging in implementing sustainability across businesses’ supply chains, from March 16-18.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium


Kraft Foods to Present at Sustainable Packaging Symposium, March 16 - 18

Kraft’s Director of Sustainable Packaging, Roger Zellner, will be presenting at the 2011 Sustainable Packaging Symposium in Chicago. Gain inspiration and information from Kraft and other leading organizations, such as Starbucks, Marks & Spencer and Nestlé at this spring’s premiere sustainable packaging event. Learn more >>

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