Packaging

A bag to cluck about

Like Frank Sinatra, Scott Sechler’s mantra is, “I did it my way.” So when a key customer asked him to come up with case-ready packaging for his antibiotic-free, organic chickens, Sechler took pains to find something distinctive and different.

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To corner a market, use a box

Breathtaking changes in food production are a hallmark of California agriculture. The latest is occurring in the Sacramento Valley, where the owners of California Olive Ranch (COR) have made a $60 million down payment toward an aggressive plan to produce four million tons of olive oil a year, about 5% of US consumption.

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Forget about convenience! What about fun?

Sean O’Connor doesn’t think his company’s sales are coming out of the hides of Aunt Jemima or Bisquick’s Shake ‘n’ Pour. Instead, he sees his aerosoled pancake batter expanding the market.

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Time/temperature monitoring labels add a measure of cold-chain assurance

Tad Pawlowski had a problem with the live lobsters he was shipping to Europe: most of them were dead before they cleared customs.

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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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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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