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Fashion for squares

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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A carton is a carton, but a catchy look is forever.


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UV, the Darwin award winner

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Survival of the fittest applies to packaging systems, too, and pulsed UV light is the apparent winner of the nonchemical sterilization competition for food containers.


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Truth be told

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Lee Marvin had his Dirty Dozen. The Kroger Co. goes eight times further with “Free from 101,” a list of ingredients and food additives it is banishing from its private-label natural products.
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Stackable and snappable

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When foodservice accounts ask if they can sell your product, you know you have a hit.
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The 80-foot microwave

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Shelf-stable foods prepared with microwave-assisted thermal sterilization may soon debut, provided the packaging riddle can be solved.
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Packaging Trends Survey: Greener Containers, Faster Speeds

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Whether they acknowledge it or not, food packaging professionals are operating lines where the goals of sustainable manufacturing are playing out.


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Houston's high-rise gin

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The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union may be the only organization that has not saluted New Artisan Spirit Inc. for the design and execution of its Roxor gin bottle.
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Pressure relief

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New solutions to friction reduction on bottling lines are becoming available to help bottlers cope with water-reduction goals and lighter, more easily damaged containers.
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All that jazzy

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In August, Britain’s best-dressed spud debuted on grocers’ shelves in a distinctive bag that lets it preen for shoppers in all its glory.
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Don’t it turn my white can blue

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Credit Todd Berardi for finding a way to be different while bending to convention.
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