Packaging

US packaging machinery shipments indicate a potential up-swing in the economy.

US packaging machinery shipments up 12 percent in 2010

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Shipments in 2010 saw a 12-percent jump over 2009.
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Scoop-and-store bag for nuts

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Convenience and freshness preservation are the drivers behind a new resealable pouch for baking nuts from Fisher Nuts, a division of John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc., Elgin, IL.
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Bag in bottle

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Green aesthetics meets bag-in-box functionality in the eco.bottle container.
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Tech Update: Packaging Machine Controls

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Teaching packaging machines to communicate. Thanks to open standards, packaging machine controls communicate up and down the line and with MES and ERP systems to provide key performance data.
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It's in the bag

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A canola-based plastic resin is the latest wrinkle in a larger effort to get protein processors to add value to commodity cuts with cook-in bags.
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What goes with a donut?

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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The donut shop experience can be replicated at home with Krispy Kreme’s three new coffee blends. Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp.Just as gas stations morphed into convenience stores, donut shops
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Sustainable Plant of the Year: Frito-Lay Casa Grande Plant Attains Near Net Zero

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Efficiency was built into Frito-Lay’s Casa Grande plant a quarter-century ago, but the snack maker takes the facility’s energy- and water-conservation systems to a new level with near net zero.
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Editor's Note: Making a difference in the battle of the bulge

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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Thank you to the food industry members who are making access to nutritional information easier.
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Front-of-package slugfest

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Icons for key nutrients provide an at-a-glance food guide under Nutrition Keys, a trade group initiative that is drawing criticism from public health experts and some food companies. Source: Grocery
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Retailers gear up for nutrition labeling mandate

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Raw meat and poultry increasingly are being packaged with nutrition information. Source: Sealed Air Corp.Three-fifths of meat and poultry products in grocers’ refrigerated lockers carry some form of nutrition information,
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The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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