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Packaging Digest, Fall 2016

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36 BEST PRACTICES // FALL 2016 www.PackagingDigest.com 9HUWLFDO&RQYH\RUL]HG0RGHO USDA Approved Rotary Band Sealer shown with lower support conveyor. Models available with bag top trimmer. Non-trim models are perfect for stand-up pouches! 9DOLGDWDEOH&RQYH\RUL]HG0RGHO Medical Pouch Sealer with verification ports for process validation of pressure, speed, and temperature. Synchronized conveyor and extended heating and cooling zones. 7DEOHWRS&RQYH\RUL]HG0RGHO Portable Sealer with synchronized conveyor. Ideal for candy, confections, and snacks. The new crank handle adjustment allows easy seal height changes from 2" up to 12". 6HDOV7\YHN SRXFKHVDW XSWRIHHWSHUPLQXWH Call 1-631-588-7310 or 1-800-637-8808 or visit www.allpackagingmachinery.com PACK EXPO Booth S-2366 WEST PACK Booth 5463 Can slack-fill law drive sustainability in packaging? Public awareness about slack fll is on the rise and laws that publicize signifcant slack fll fnes or penalties are now on the books. How can brands rigHt-size tHeir packaging in the product development cycle? Rob Kaszubowski, Contributing Writer Slack fll. Sounds like a made-up phrase, right? Trust me, it's real. It's so real that it has legal implications, and many consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and food manufacturers are learning about slack fll the hard way. Slack fll is the diference between the actual capacity of a container and the volume of the product it contains. Is slack fll often an ethical dilemma? Yes, it is. And educated consumers are pushing back on consumer goods manufacturers who are using deceitful packaging to dupe them into thinking they are buying more than they actually are. Tat's why class action lawsuits are on the rise. Typical blatant slack fll law violations usually come from food manufacturers and the pharmaceutical and health and beauty industries—where the rules clearly state no use of false-side walls, which were used for years To remain competitive in the spice market, McCormick flled 3 ounces in the same tin that used to hold 4 ounces. The amount changed on the front panel graphics, but the action was still seen as deceptive to consumers.

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