Nine-color gravure printing and laminating in-line in a single pass is a sophisticated process. Not many converters possess the capability. However The Morrill Press (Fulton NY) is doing just that at its Morristown TN plant. In Morristown a Cerutti 950 10-station press from North American Cerutti (Pittsburgh PA) is providing nearly $20 million worth of business a year operating as the sole press at the plant. The Cerutti's technological capability has earned business from some packaging heavyweights. One example is Chattanooga TN-based Brach & Brock Confections. (The company is the result of a merger between E. J. Brach Corp.Chicago and Brock Candy Co. Chattanooga.) In May the confectioner began selling its milk chocolate-covered raisins in a new bag that takes full advantage of the Cerutti's printing/laminating capability. The result as seen in the accompanying photos is a bag that will certainly not get lost amidst the competition on store shelves. Bags tout a pastel vignette of sea sand and sky and are sold in 1.65- 7- and 14-oz sizes. The new design replaces more traditional graphics and colors used in the product's prior bag design. In a single pass the Cerutti gravure prints the film in nine colors onto AET Packaging's (Wilmington DE) 75-ga oriented polypropylene film. The printed structure is then laminated to a 1.75-mil white opaque linear low-density polyethylene structure from Deerfield Plastics (Deerfield MA). The Cerutti runs the job at 700 fpm speeds. The Cerutti was added to Morristown when the facility was built in '93. And while it's currently the only press used at the plant a new 11-station Cerutti is scheduled to be running by January. Morrill president and general manager Bob Crichton says the new press will double the plant's business. "We expect to do between $18 and $20 million a year on each machine" he tells PW. Yet another 11-station Cerutti 950 press is being installed at Morrill's Edinburgh IN plant. Start-up of this unit is expected by the fourth quarter of this year. This press is designed to print laminate and register in-line a cold- or hot-seal pattern coating. Crichton says Morrill has worked with the candy company for several years. The new design for the chocolate-covered raisins was conceptualized a little more than a year ago. "Our marketing group wanted a package that was visually exciting" says Armand Crema Brach & Brock's director of packaging. "The result was a vibrant but rather complex design."