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Australians favor plain package for cigarettes...

A survey of 3000 adults shows 51 percent of men and 53 percent of women support the initiative by an anti-smoking lobby to push for plain packaging for cigarettes to reduce their appeal to consumers.
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Further supporting evidence...cereal bars growth

On the back of this trend to offer healthier alternatives to kids, another study by Leatherhead International cites 9.6 percent growth in cereal snacks.
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Kids' food and drinks to "soar"

Another new report, this one from Packaged Facts, says product offerings in food and beverage for children will explode in the next few years with the focus on fighting obesity.
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Soft drinks gaining share by losing fizz...

New study available from Business Insights shows the overall soft drink category is growing and gaining share from other categories including beer, hot drinks and wine. But traditional carbonated drinks are losing share to fruit juices and bottled waters. In response Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are dramatically modifying their portfolios and Cadbury Schweppes has divested their European soft drinks business.Source: Just-drinks.com
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GlaxoSmithKline in France...

Global pharma giant plans to invest 500 million euros in its vaccine production plant in northern France to expand capacity.
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In India, traditional beauty care business heats up...

It's back to your traditional roots in the beauty and skincare business in India, as contemporary delivery systems take traditional "home grown" remedies for beauty and hair care like turmeric (manjal) scrub, shikkakai powder and hibiscus to a national audience.Source: The Hindu Business Line
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First flexible alcoholic drink package...

Pocket Shot introduces unique new single-serve alcohol product in a flexible stand-up pouch in California.
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Middle East snack growth...

Western-style fast foods and snacks like potato chips and cheese balls all the rage in the region, with many states setting up large snack manufacturing units.
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CCL invests in Mexico labeling and tube extrusion facility...

"We see Latin America as an increasingly important geographic growth region for our customers in the consumer products business," says spokesperson.Source: Canadian Plastics.com

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