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TECH FLASH

US canned foods market declines

With the US recession ending, many consumers are trading back up to more expensive foods.
Sales were flat in 2012 and are predicted to decline.
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Convenience aids top the list of packaging breakthroughs

DuPont released the list of the top packaging innovations of the 20th century.

The top spot on the list went to a basic technology with major ramifications.


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Printed magnet recloses gum pack

An inline coating process, developed by ASG, applies the magnetic strip to the paperboard to create a secure reclosure mechanism.
The stick gum from Mondelēz International(formerly Kraft) is expected to complete its global rollout by the end of 2013.


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Baby formula on-the-go

A self-heating package from Aestech, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, warms semi-liquid and liquid foods for on-the-go consumption.
 The design simplifies away-from-home preparation of baby formula by integrating pre-measured ingredients, a heating mechanism and a nipple in a self-contained package. 


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Labeler boosts productivity

The largest sauerkraut producer in the world relies on flexible equipment that handles frequent changeovers with minimal downtime.
When a labeler could no longer meet production requirements, company personnel began looking for a replacement that could handle frequent changeovers and multiple size and material changes.
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Recycling Assistance

Standardized label helps consumers recycle packaging

Nearly all packages will carry a How2Recycle Label by 2016 if the developer of the labeling system achieves its goal.


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Food Packaging

Microwaveable popcorn pops in ‘bowl’

A gusseted bowl design with a tear-strip opening moves to Canada to replace the traditional bag for Orville Redenbacher’s microwaveable popcorn.

The Pop Up Bowl’s wider mouth, sturdier sides and transparent top and bottom provide a stable serving “dish.”


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Food Packaging

Mobile portion control

Flexible packaging delivers on-the-go convenience and single-serving calorie counts.

As more consumers snack more often, brand owners provide products in portable, single-serving packs to appeal to these grab-and-go consumers and the retail outlets they frequent.


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Clear packaging shows off snack bar

A new flavor helped inspire a transition from opaque to clear film packaging.

A new flavor, coconut chocolate dipped mixed nuts, helped inspire thinkThin, Los Angeles, CA, to transition from opaque to clear film packaging so consumers could see the natural ingredients in its Crunch bars.


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On edge beverages

A functional beverage deserves an equally functional package.

A functional beverage deserves an equally functional package like the Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge carton SunOpta Inc. chose for the launch of its Sunrich Naturals brand SoL Sunflower Beverage.


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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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