Hurricane relief

In the aftermath of Hurricane Georges on the Gulf Coast, an unusual line of shelf-stable entrees helped feed inhabitants at shelters when the storm cut local power.

So says Richard Hodge of Baldwin County, AL, in the Mobile area. What separates HeaterMeals (see Packaging World, March '96, p. 76) from other entrees is that a chemical heater, originally designed for military use, is packed into every carton. It allows the user to reheat the barrier-packed foods right in the folding carton. The folding carton also includes tableware, napkin and seasoning packets. Baldwin County officials first learned about the foods, marketed by Cincinnati-based HeaterMeals, Inc., when they attended a National Hurricane Congress last spring.

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