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Oat-powered, co-packed beverages hit shelves

“Oats & fruits. It was Mother Nature’s idea. We just crammed it into a bottle” is the slogan for Oatworks (, a new line of oat-powered natural smoothies from New York-based Wellness Works.
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Get your co-packer friends to plant their pin…here!

Let’s get more co-packers on the map

September’s Pack Expo 2013 in Las Vegas brought two cool developments for those both seeking and supplying contract packaging services. The first — the Contract Packaging Association’s expanded presence — was apparent on the show floor.
Kane is Able shows-off customers with this promo pic!
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Kane is Able named awarded 3PL kudos; makes key hire

Company cited in 'Best for Small & Midsize Companies' list; separately hires a Six Sigma black belt with CPG supply chain and contract packaging experience.
Supplier News

CPA 2014 Annual Meeting gets a high-energy keynote on relationship building

Ted Janusz of Janus Presentations promises a high-octane keynote kickoff to the 2014 Contract Packaging Association's Annual meeting, February 27 to March 2 at the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, AZ.
Supplier News

P&G awards co-packer KDC highest global supplier partnership honors

KDC (Knowlton Development Corp.) earned top honors along with seven others, including packaging and logistics firms, as part of its 2013 External Business Partner Summit.
Pharmatek offers primary packaging of tablets and capsules in HDPE bottles. The company supports secondary packaging, cold chain management, including storage and distribution, and stability testing. Complex labeling requirements, such as foreign language labels, blinding and booklet labeling.

Pharmatek bottling line set to become operational

Automated line expands contract manufacturer’s packaging services, provides flexibility for small and large-volume clinical projects.
Starbucks juices in Korea use HPP from Avure

Did you know you're eating HPP-processed foods?

You're eating foods made safe without heat sterilization, instead using the 'cold pasteurized' of high-pressure processing. Many of these foods are co-packed at a handful of U.S. facilities, according to an executive from Avure Technologies.
BCC Research projects the global market for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing, research, and packaging will ascend to nearly $374.8 billion by 2018, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.1%.

Outsourcing seen as 'strategic competitive weapon' in pharmaceutical market

New report points to increasing price and cost pressures, regulatory changes, and patent expiries for 9.1% CAGR projection through 2018.
Plastic bottles used in a pharmaceutical application.

Report forecasts growth for plastics in healthcare packaging

Compound annual growth rate of 5.6% predicted through 2018 by BCC Research.
Figure 1. Manufacturer A is probably acting as a contract manufacturer/packager on behalf of the NDA holder, manufacturer B.

Working with CMOs under California e-pedigree

For different products, manufacturers may fill the role of an exclusive distributor, a contract manufacturing organization, or a repackager. Each of these would be treated differently under the California law with respect to pedigree origination and updating.


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