Packaging

Dispenser pioneer passes away

Curtis Allina’s departure from Pez Candy Inc. in 1979 was abrupt, but his contribution to both the company and food packaging will live on for years.
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A raspberry for excess headspace

The January edition of Consumer Reports magazine takes aim at food packages that seem to promise more than they deliver, with Lay’s potato chips cited as exhibit A.
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Delaware microbrewery likes aluminum

Chalk up another craft brewery in the aluminum-container column: 16 Mile Brewing Co., a start-up brewery in Georgetown, DE, debuted its Old Court Ale and Amber Sun Ale in 22 oz. aluminum bottles in June.

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The well-engineered cap

Premium products demand premium delivery systems, which is why a Texas salad dressing maker pioneered the use of a no-drip, no-glop closure.
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Three cheers for a reclosable pouch

Every container company is playing the green card these days, so it isn’t surprising that a new Canadian copacker would choose to call itself the Eco-Container Corp.
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Me-too tray is step-saver

The better-mousetrap principle applies to the new snap-tray container from Sealed Air’s Cryovac division.
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Variations keep on coming from Guinness

Iconic advertising and a powerful ethnic pull have helped Guinness stout become one of a handful of truly global beers.
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Licensing expands single-serve coffee

While hard times have taken a bite out of the gourmet coffee business, indulgent caffeine consumption continues to propel single-serve coffee sales, both for in-home and at-work consumption.
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Product integrity drives container switch

Attracting shoppers’ attention requires every tool available, especially for small food companies.
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Another victory for synthetic closures over cork

It was a small skirmish in the continuing war of the wine-bottle stoppers, but a recent filling and capping operation at a small winery in Walla Walla, WA marked another victory for synthetic closures over cork.
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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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