Packaging

Beverage bag debuts

Closeted for years in boxes and kegs, the beverage bag is emerging in all its glory, thanks to a collaboration between US and Israeli packaging firms.
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Good for body and earth

Probiotics and other healthy-living products flirt with the line between food and pharmaceuticals, and food companies are taking steps to make sure both the containers they come in and the products themselves have positive outcomes.

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A second look for induction seals

When concerns about product tampering spiked after September 2001, induction-sealer suppliers thought they might win more food and beverage business.
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More strength, less resin

Less can be more in container performance when basic architectural principles are brought to bear. At least, that’s what Ropak Packaging Corp. contends.
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Get the weight out

Lightweighting of PET containers and systems that otherwise reduce packaging costs were in abundance at PACK EXPO.

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MREs go mainstream

Still derided as the meals GIs love to hate, shelf-stable heat-and-serve entrees are angling for a supermarket shelf near you.
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Tastes great, less weight

Light weighting of the aluminum bottle may be the advancement that moves the container out of the novelty category and into the mainstream.
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How many calories in a dollop of happiness?

Nutritional labeling for restaurant meals is shaping up as a watershed change with implications for packaged goods from fast food chains.
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Material reduction generates heat

Reducing package material for its all-natural potato chips had a lot of upside benefits, though Salem, OR-based Kettle Foods Inc. didn’t anticipate the negative reaction from some of its customers.
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Collaboration keys can execution

Four parties work to fulfill a simple container request from a key customer.
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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.

Podcasts

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 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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