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GMA testifies on biotech labeling

GMA’s director of international trade and environmental affairs told a California Senate committee that proposals to require labeling of biotech products, such as those pending in Congress and in the California legislature, mistakenly raise questions about food safety and contribute to global trade tensions.
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Congressional report also touts biotech products

Agricultural biotech also got a strong thumbs-up in a report issued by the House Subcommittee on Basic Research. In a letter accompanying the report, subcommittee chairman Rep.
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Brazil exempts U.S. from packing requirements

Brazil took the U.S. off its list of countries that must fumigate its solid wood packing material (SWPM) before it leaves the country and must include a phytosanitary certificate before being exported.
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Relocations, expansions

Rexam Medical Packaging (Mundelein, IL) will invest $25 million in new equipment over the next two years, including new tandem coextrusion coating and laminating equipment, blown film coextrusion capacity, and custom-designed bag-and pouch-making equipment.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

International Paper (Purchase, NY) has offered to purchase all outstanding shares of Champion Intl. (Stamford, CT). International Paper has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Motorola, Inc.
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International agreements

Elopak (New Hudson, MI) has announced a joint venture with iplas (Cologne, Germany) and alfill (Hamburg, Germany) to complete and commercialize a plasma barrier coating system for plastic bottles.
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Appointments, promotions

Krones Inc. (Franklin, WI): Bernhard Baumgartner, president, CEO; Ronald Wallner, vp, COO; Rick Niespodziani, vp, service; Rob Hoskins, mgr., regional sales; Gary Burnside, mgr., regional sales; Pat Carroll, mgr., regional sales.
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Biscotti takes Art Deco look

Shades of brown and orange warm up the packaging of Nikola’s Biscotti, Minneapolis, MN, sold in gourmet coffee shops and cafes around the world.
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Right as rain

To communicate Rain Vodka’s natural organic grain and premium quality, Spar Inc. (New Orleans, LA) redesigned the spirit’s bottle to resemble a clear, pure raindrop.
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Juiced-up labels

Thirty-year-old After The Fall fruit beverages from Smucker Quality Beverages, Chino, CA, needed a packaging redesign to convey a “hipper” attitude.
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No plain Jane

The Jane Cosmetics Division of Estée Lauder, New York, NY, called on Sterling Group (New York, NY) to design a line of skin care products for teens.
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Spray-on sunscreen

Available in Canada since 1994, KINeSYS® Sport performance sunscreen arrived on U.S. shelves in April dressed in a curvy and colorful new package.
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Easy-open end for Campbell's RTS soups

“Campbell Soup Co. today announced the most comprehensive new product and packaging initiative in its history.”That, in a May 17 press release, is how Camden, NJ-based Campbell introduced the easy-open full-panel ends soon to appear on all of Campbell’s ready-to-serve soups.
Licensed logo as it appears on the package, above, is used by Dierberg's, below, and other providers of home meal replacement fo
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Dual-ovenable HMRs use logo

The new VersaTray™ identifying logo used by purveyors of HMRs emphasizes the CPET tray's dual-ovenable nature.
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Goodbye to drug package inserts?

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has formed a “Paperless Labeling Task Force” to investigate how timely distribution of full prescribing information can be provided to pharmacists using new technologies instead of relying on the printed package inserts now required by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

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