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Sonoco’s New Plant

Sonoco will be manufacturing multi-layer HDPE co-extrusion blow-molded bottles at a new facility in Corona, California.

The high barrier plastic bottles are used to package a wide array of beverages such as soy, dairy and juice. This is Sonoco’s first extrusion blow-molding manufacturing facility.

Roger Fuller, division vice president of consumer products- North America, said: “There is growing demand for extrusion blow molded plastic bottles, due in large part to the increasing popularity of protein smoothies and other fruit flavored and juice-based beverages as meal replacements and dietary supplements. Our plastic bottle technology is ideally suited for these products as it meets the demands of hot and cold fill as well as aseptic filling and offers advanced oxygen and light barriers that protect the nutritional content and flavor beverages.”

Sonoco’s plant will feature blow-molding technology such as high-speed equipment designed for quick changeover, with multiple tooling to accelerate production of stock and custom shaped bottles.

Sonoco has over 20 years experience in the materials science and manufacturing of injection and blow-molded plastics for industrial, foodservice and consumer applications.

Sonoco, North Second Street, Hartscille, South Carolina 29550. Tel: (1)(843) 383-7794, Website: www.sonoco.com.

Free Hamilton Beach Commercial Services

The new Express Care Service Program (ECSP) from Hamilton Beach Commercial is offering customers free service with the purchase of select Hamilton Beach Commercial products. The program works as three steps: If any product covered under the ECSP program needs service during the in-warranty period, the customer calls Hamilton Beach Commercial’s toll-free service center. An initial phone diagnosis is made.

If the product cannot be fixed by minimal on-site maintenance, Hamilton Beach Commercial will expedite a brand new replacement product to the customer’s location.

After the replacement product is received, the customer sends the troubled unit back to Hamilton Beach Commercial at no charge.

“We know the durability of our products is so outstanding that we developed a program that communicates our confidence to customers,” said Jay Morfitt, director of marketing for Hamilton Beach Commercial.

Hamilton Beach Commercial is a division of Glen Allen, Virginia-based Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex, Inc. Hamilton Beach Commercial have been makers of kitchen equipment since 1911.

Hamilton Beach Commercial, 4421 Waterfront Drive, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060. Tel: (1) (910) 692-2223, Fax: (1)(910) 693-0178, E-mail: salessupport@hamiltonbeach.com, Website: www.commercial.hamiltonbeach.com.

The Essence of Espresso

Essence, a super automatic coffee-espresso machine from De Jong Duke is available.

Designed for corporate and foodservice operations, horeca, catering and office coffee service, the machine has a 5.3 lb. capacity for whole beans and/or pre ground coffee and 120 cups per hour performance.

The design allows for cappuccino, coffee, hot chocolate or double espresso. Cleaning functions are programmed and take approximately five minutes. The machine is also equipped with a brewing unit which switches automatically between the production of an espresso based drink or a freshly brewed filter coffee depending on the selection made. The machine is available in five different versions and three different colors.

De Jong Duke is a family owned company based in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands. De Jong Duke, established in 1897, has been building coffee machines for more than 45 years and supplies customers throughout Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

de Jong Duke, Bruningsstraat 1, 3364 AD Sliedrecht, The Netherlands. Tel: (31) 184 496767, E-mail: essence@dejongduke.nl, Website: www.dejongduke.nl.

Tea & Coffee - October/November, 2004

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