Trends and Issues

RFID for healthcare markets is forecast by Frost & Sullivan to reach $2.3 billion by 2011.
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Unraveling RFID for pharma

Frost & Sullivan's RFID expert assesses RFID in the healthcare and pharma markets.
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Building better bonds between makers and buyers of packaging machinery

People I talked to at Ipack-Ima 2006, held February 14-18 in an architectural wonderland called Fiera Milano on the outskirts of Milan, were cautiously hoping that the show may be a sign that economic recovery is on the way.
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Generation "Y" hungry for specialty foods...

twenty-somethings are being billed as the most food-savvy generation yet--poised to be the largest consumer superpower since the Baby Boomers. Desires include specialty sodas, Latin cuisine, flavored olive oils and salty snacks. Great trend piece that does not cover packaging's role in communicating brand experience for the buyer.Source: Specialty Foods.com
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Shocking Expose' in Washington Post...

U.S. hospitals are saving money by reusing medical devices designated for one-time use, ignoring the warnings of manufacturers, which will not vouch for the safety of their reconditioned products.
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Peruvian upstart cola-maker Ajegroup takes on Coke and Pepsi in Mexico...

has grabbed 5 percent of Mexico's soft-drink trade, a market Snapdata International estimates at $6.5 billion, forcing Coke and PepsiCo Inc. to lower prices. A 3.3-liter container of Big Cola brand sells for as little as 86 cents. "Half the population of Mexico is poor," Ajegroup spokesman Alfredo Paredes said. "For us, that was an opportunity."Source: SFGate.com
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Asia starting to catch up to U.S., Europe and Japan...

in food packaging.
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Food Trends 2006...

local paper from Northeastern Pennsylvania explores top 13 food trends for this year, many of which involve packaging. Including: store brands go upscale, global tastes, functional foods, etc. Nice round up! Source: Timesleader.com
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Procter & Gamble sues McLane...

owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, for selling items that copy the packaging for well-known P&G brands, including Bounty, Charmin, and Vicks' NyQuil and DayQuil LiquiCaps brands.
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Champaign in a can...

seems to be a contradiction, but Napa Valley's Niebaum-Coppola vineyard has introduced a new, bubbly, single-serve wine packaged in an aluminum can.
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Canada bans "racist" candy...

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has agreed to remove from its Quebec convenience store shelves candy that prompted a complaint of racism.
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Overcoming long-time prejudice...

Nippon Paper-Pak, a Nippon Paper Group company, signed a supply contract with a dairy product manufacturer in Jilin, China, to provide the Fuji-Pak system, its proprietary aseptic packaging system for beverages, to the Chinese company. China and Japan have long time differences stemming from W.W. II that sometimes cause diplomatic tensions. This agreement proves the global market continues to change and grow--and knows no bounds.Source: JCN Network
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What's old is new...

Cadbury Dairy Milk, U.K., celebrated a 100-year anniversary by reviving packaging designs from as long ago as 1905 on a range of products called the Centenary Heritage Collection.
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No Joke, Alcan buys Polish Plant...

Alcan Inc. announces it has agreed with the UK administrators of Parkside International, to acquire the assets of Parkside's flexible food packaging plant in Zlotow, Poland. This acquisition helps open up the Central and Eastern European markets. Source: The Aluminum Association
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Healthcare packaging pros discuss critical issues

Healthcare packaging experts discuss counterfeiting, packaging and personalized medicine, oil/resin pricing concerns, and material and machinery advances.
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FDA nixes tomato health claim

FDA will not allow manufacturers of tomato products and dietary supplements containing lycopene to put health claims on labels and in advertising that link lycopene to a reduced risk of many forms of cancer.
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2006: an exciting milestone and a new outlook for packaging

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pack Expo, being held October 29 - November 2 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. We spoke with Chuck Yuska, president of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), sponsor and producer of the show, about this special anniversary and what the new year has in store for packaging professionals.
Total Integrated Packaging Solution (TIPS) combines bar codes and RFID tag data in a serialized approach to track-and-trace auth
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Item-level ePedigree implementation

An item-level serialized RFID solution with "parent-child" association software is rolling out with five pharma pilots including for Pfizer's Viagra.
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Japanese fake beer for kids is back...

this time shocking New Zealand Alcohol Healthwatch director.

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