Category: North America

Lightweight water bottle contains 50% rPET

Lightweight water bottle contains 50% rPET

December 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

U.S.A. – Lightweight, half-liter Eco-Shape polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle for Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water from Nestle Waters North America, Stamford, Conn., now contains 50% recycled content. The Reborn bottle consumes 15% less energy than it takes to produce bottles from virgin PET. With widespread distribution on the West Coast of the United States, use [...]

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Clear Choice Awards honor extraordinary glass containers

Clear Choice Awards honor extraordinary glass containers

December 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

U.S.A. – Skinnygirl Vodka took home the top prize in the annual Clear Choice Awards, sponsored by the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), Alexandria, Va. Made by Beam Global Wine and Spirits Inc., Deerfield, Ill., Skinnygirl Vodka, features a glass container manufactured by Vitro North America, Plano, Texas. The frosted container reflects the product’s natural flavors [...]

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Edible, water-soluble film holds drink mixes, ingredients

Edible, water-soluble film holds drink mixes, ingredients

November 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

U.S.A. – The Vivos™ Edible Delivery System from MonoSol,Portage,Ind., expands the use of pre-measured mixes or ingredients beyond household, agricultural and industrial chemicals to food. Pouches formed from Vivos™ food-grade, water-soluble films dissolve when exposed to hot or cold liquids, release their contents and are consumed along with the food. Attendees at PackExpo International (October [...]

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Labelers require no special expertise to run

Labelers require no special expertise to run

November 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

Canada – Pressure-sensitive labelers from Nita Labeling,Terrebonne,Quebec, rely on nonproprietary components including a programmable servo drive instead of a programmable logic controller. Greatly simplified operation results because the drive is always synchronized. There’s no need to move sensors during changeover, nor waste associated with machine tweaking. In addition roll changes occur in about 90 seconds [...]

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Paperboard blister protects flea treatment

Paperboard blister protects flea treatment

November 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

U.S.A. – TruRx LLC, Eagle, Idaho, adopts EnviroGuard paperboard packaging from Colbert Packaging Corp.,Lake Forest,Ill., for eight stock keeping units of VetIQ VetGuard Plus brand flea, tick and mosquito protection for small, medium, large and extra large dogs. The display packs consist of a formed paperboard tray sandwiched into a foldover card of 18-point paperboard. [...]

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Robotic case erector cuts changeover to 2 minutes

Robotic case erector cuts changeover to 2 minutes

November 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

U.S.A. – Automatic adjustments on the gantry-robot-equipped, servo-controlled CE-TRS Transector case erector from AFA Systems,Brampton,Ontario, cuts changeover time to 2 minutes, versus up to 30 minutes on conventional systems. Robot moves up and down and side to side to pick and erect a case and than move it past the plow and sealing head to [...]

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Brand owners study cup filling/sealing machines

Brand owners study cup filling/sealing machines

November 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

U.S.A. – An array of machines shown at PackExpo (October 28-31,2012, inChicago,Ill.) address rising demand for products packaged in sealed cups or trays. The servo-driven R-2×3 Rotary Filler/Sealer from N.A.P. Engineering,Largo,Fla., handles cups up to89 millimeters (mm) in diameter. Priced at less than $150,000, the machine runs six-up at 40 indexes per minute to achieve [...]

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New challenges for flexible packaging

New challenges for flexible packaging

November 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

U.S.A.- The recently concluded PackExpo International (October 28-31,2012, inChicago,Ill.) reflects growing interest in flexible packaging. One commercial example, a fitmented, handled pouch from Star Packaging Corp.,College Park,Ga., holds1 quartof motor oil for Universal Oil Inc.,Cleveland,Ohio. A proprietary polyethylene sealant layer in the reverse-printed polyester/nylon film ensures seal integrity. Food-grade material broadens potential applications for the [...]

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Smaller hot-fillable PET barrier jar debuts

Smaller hot-fillable PET barrier jar debuts

October 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

US – Hot-fillable, 24-ounce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) jar from Graham Packaging, York, Pa., features 63 millimeter neck finish, patent-pending StarFlex™ base technology and Monosorb® oxygen barrier system. Intended for products such as salsa and tomato sauce, the stock jar combines high clarity with a monolayer structure. Manufacturing smaller PET containers with adequate barrier properties poses [...]

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Opaque container helps milk retain vitamins

Opaque container helps milk retain vitamins

October 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

US – White pigmented Pure Protect® Bottle adopted by Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms, Lansdale, Pa., blocks exposure to artificial light or sunlight that degrades product quality. Milk develops off-flavors and loses vitamin A after as little as two hours of light exposure, according to research done atCornellUniversity, Department of Food Science,Ithaca,N.Y. Yet, gallon containers of [...]

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‘Green’ shippers maintain chilled temperatures

‘Green’ shippers maintain chilled temperatures

October 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

US – Tropical Traditions, West Bend, Wis., ships its perishable products in biodegradable, compostable corrugated/foam shippers from Landaal Packaging Systems, Burton, Mich. The custom insulated shippers rely on cornstarch-based Green Cell Foam from KTM Industries, Inc., Lansing, Mich., and a corrugated ECT32 outer box containing approximately 60% recycled fiber. The corrugated/Green Cell Foam shipper maintains [...]

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Coca-Cola expands production of plant-based plastic packaging

Coca-Cola expands production of plant-based plastic packaging

October 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

US – The Coca-Cola Co.,Atlanta,Ga., partners with JBF Industries Ltd.,Mumbai,India, to expands use of its PlantBottle™ packaging. The deal moves Coca-Cola closer to its 2020 target of using PlantBottle technology in all of its plastic bottles. Since its introduction in 2009, Coca-Cola has sold more than 10 billion PlantBottle packages worldwide, eliminating the equivalent of [...]

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