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Making your packaging company a cult brand

What do Jack Daniels Whiskey and packaging have in common? Both are price-sensitive commodities with distinctive characteristics operating in highly competitive markets. But, how many packaging companies command such customer devotion that price is not a major consideration?
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Marconi Data Systems to be sold to Danaher

Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marconi plc, announced that Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC) signed a definitive agreement to purchase Marconi for $400 million.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to consolidate in to a single independent agency the responsibilities for food safety, labeling, and inspection currently scattered among some 12 federal agencies.
Will packaged goods companies face price increases from converters who have to reduce emissions generated by coating and laminat
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Web of confusion

EPA’s proposed clean air standard is likely to cost packagers, one way or another, in add-on costs by manufacturers or converters.
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Upset over inserts (sidebar)

Stop bugging us!
Multi-panel labels have permitted some products to eliminate outer folding cartons. But FDA's proposal on inserts could change t
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Upset over inserts

New FDA demands for package inserts would bloat printing requirements and force some products to add outer cartons.
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Harmonizing U.S. and Canada nutrition labels

Health Canada, our northern neighbor’s counterpart to the Food and Drug Administration, has proposed amendments to its regulations governing nutrition labeling, nutrient content claims, and diet-related health claims.
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Non-GE labels misleading, says CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has called on FDA to take action against seven food manufacturers for making false and misleading label claims related to the absence of genetically engineered ingredients.
Colorful front labels are applied to pouches by a tamp labeler (top). On the can-filling side, cans are positively captured on t
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Packaging technologies blossom at seed company

Filling of plant seeds into cans and pouches sold to commercial growers took a big step forward when Seminis built a new plant. Front-and-back labeling systems are standouts.
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Food allergens nothing to sneeze at

FDA is looking more closely at food labels and processing/packaging materials to determine whether incidental additives must be declared.

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