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PMMI Partners with Ipack-Ima to Launch East Afripack

April 18, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has partnered with Ipack-Ima Spa to produce East Afripack, the processing, packaging and converting technologies exhibition. East Afripack will debut Sept. 9–12, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

GMA: Vt. GMO Bill a Step in the Wrong Direction for Consumers

April 18, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association responded to the movement of HB 112, a bill that would...

Code Reader Software

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

DataMan® 5.2 software features expanding tuning and scripting capability, as well as a new test...

Is That Bag of Chips Half Full or Half Empty?

April 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Mike Kuebler, Technical Director, Smithers Pira Testing Laboratory, @michaelkuebler | Articles | Comments

Distribution testing of packaged products can deliver material-efficient design with assured...

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Photos of the Day: State, Federal Lawmakers Combat Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.

Lawmakers Fight Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:39 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.

PMMI: 'PACK gives BACK' Event to Feature Jay Leno

April 11, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, announces the return of PACK gives BACK™, Monday, Nov. 3. The event, open to PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO registrants, will feature comedian Jay Leno. A portion of ticket sales will support the K9s for Warriors charity.

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IDFA Supports Bill to Establish Voluntary GMO Labeling Standard

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The International Dairy Foods Association supports the introduction of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, which would establish a federal standard for voluntary labeling of products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

Ergonomic Order Picking

April 9, 2014 9:44 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Ergo-Label Beam combines the comfortable, ergonomic order selection of the Ergo Beam® with the abuse resistance and barcode label protection inherent in the structural Label Beam®.

Cartoning and End-of-Line Packaging

April 9, 2014 9:30 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company offers two different approaches for cartoning and end-of-line packaging. To pack light-weight products, new delta robotic technology ensures smooth transfer of the packages for flexible pack patterns.

Federal Judges to Review COOL Ruling

April 7, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A full federal appeals court will review meat labeling rules that would require country-of-origin information on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat. The meat industry went to court in an effort to block the government regulation, which went into effect last year.

Ooho: The Edible Water Bottle

April 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Huffington Post | Videos | Comments

A trio of Spanish design students have created "Ooho," a gelatinous membrane that encapsulates water. Users can simply puncture the membrane to drink, or they can also pop the entire blob in their mouth and chomp down for a burst of hydration.

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Thermoforming Packaging Line

April 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Turnkey, end-to-end thermoforming packaging line with all line components from one source allows for full integration of the line modules, the right interfaces, single uniform operator guidance and one person to contact.

Neb. Brewers, Farmers Contest FDA's Spent Grain Proposal

April 3, 2014 1:14 pm | News | Comments

The mutually beneficial practice of brewers selling their spent grains to farmers for livestock feed is under scrutiny as the Food and Drug Administration ponders rules that would require the grain to be packaged before sale or sent to a landfill.

Case Erectors and Sealers for Ultra-Small Cases

April 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Both the CE50 Case Erector and CS50 Case Sealer are now equipped to handle RSC cases as small as 5" L x 3.5" W x 3.5" H.

April Featured Products: Palletizers & Cartoners and Drives, Motors & Bearings

April 1, 2014 3:44 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Each month, Food Manufacturing highlights products in a featured category. This month, we are spotlighting palletizers and cartoners, as well as drives, motors and bearings.

High-Temperature Lubricant

April 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Klüberfood NH1 CH 2-220 oil is designed for lubricating high-temperature chains in baking and beverage can manufacturing applications.

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Fill Level Monitoring: Saving Money and Staying Safe

March 31, 2014 8:00 am | by John Terra | Articles | Comments

Fill level monitoring, an alternative to checkweighing inspection, is a stage of the manufacturing process in which packages are filled to the correct height, regardless of the type of container or contents, using thermal imaging, sensors  and X-rays to measure the proper level.

Mat-Style Conveyors

March 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Mat-Style Conveyors are designed for package and product handling versatility. They easily handle flexible packaging, plastic containers, cartons, cases and bundles.

Appeals Court Approves COOL Meat Labeling

March 28, 2014 12:38 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is allowing labels on meat products that indicate where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule took effect last year and requires labels on steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat.

Oxygen Permeation Test System

March 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The OX-TRAN® Model 2/22 H is designed for food producers that need to test packaging structures for oxygen permeation.

Shrink-Banding System

March 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s Model 75C-E shrink bander is adapted for the sleeving of fresh and frozen oysters. Product shrink sleeves at up to 400 cpm, depending on sleeve dimensions.

Thermal Ink Jet Printer

March 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Videojet 8610 utilizes fast-drying inks, including MEK-based fluids. The system provides high-resolution print on non-porous packaging materials, including films, foils, plastics and coated stocks.

Study Showcases Benefits of Canned Foods

March 25, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

A Michigan State University study shows that canned foods are nutritious, affordable and safe, helping people increase their fruit and vegetable intake regardless of what area of the country they live, what time of year it is or how much money they make.

Compact Palletizer

March 25, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s compact palletizer automatically accumulates and stacks plastic totes or returnable plastic containers (RPCs) to form interlocking pallet loads that are secure for shipping.

Hygienic Liquid Sachet Packaging

March 25, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Sigpack RN vertical sachet machine features new liquid dosing capabilities. It is designed for packaging four-side-seal sachets for the food industry.

New Sensors Show When Food Is Spoiled

March 24, 2014 9:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers in China have created a new gel that changes color as food spoils. Author Michael Moss talks about how the technology could revolutionize how we track the safety of our food, as well as how the sensors could reduce food waste.

Pallet, Sleeve and Top Cap System

March 24, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The 1000 x 1200 CS CISC OPTE Bulk provides a bulk packaging solution to store, handle and ship food and beverage products.

EXPO PACK Guadalajara Adds New Pavilions

March 21, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has announced new pavilions for processing, pharmaceutical/medical devices and package printing, and new dates for the 2015 edition of its EXPO PACK Guadalajara. EXPO PACK Guadalajara will be held March 10–12, 2015.

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