Packaging

Plant Profile: Filling Local Demand

Flexible new Kleinpeter Farms Dairy ice cream facility mixes up homegrown success.
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Space: sustainability's final frontier

Container lightweighting and recycled materials are all well and good, but the real action today is in squeezing more units into less space.
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Geometry drives content

Artfully folded paper is the essence of origami. Inventively folded cardboard is the essence of Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.’s Meta boxes.
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Recession? What recession?

If the mood seemed upbeat to visitors and exhibitors at November’s PACK EXPO show in Chicago, it was for good reason: Nine in 10 end-users of packaging machinery report their purchases of additional equipment increased or remained the same in 2010’s third quarter, compared to a year earlier, with food and beverage packagers leading the way.
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Happy, happy, joy, joy

Graphic redesign can be a bear trap for an iconic brand. Doubters need only consider the experience of PepsiCo’s Tropicana, which briefly dropped the orange-and-straw graphic two years ago. 
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Chefs embrace lightweight pouches

Mass merchandisers aren’t the only customers putting pressure on suppliers to cut material use and shipping weights.
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PLA cup sidelines big oil

Functionality issues dogged plant-based plastic resins when they debuted, but product development is gradually overcoming them.
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Wholesale egg distributor cries foul during recall

Food safety was the clear focus in August’s nationwide egg recall, but the incident also highlights the need for strict control of packaging materials.
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Lite beer for lightweights

Not too many beer drinkers approach 16 ozs. of malt in installments, though that’s certainly an option with the Silver Bullet aluminum pint bottle from MillerCoors.
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Get the micro-oxygen out

Locking out oxygen is one of the primary functions of food and beverage packaging, but ongoing research suggests oxygen levels for shelf-stable foods are so high, the likelihood of delivering a quality product is remote, regardless of the package used.
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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

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Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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