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When it comes to snacking, eat less than zero...

As long as there's less than half a gram of trans fat per serving, U.S. federal regulations allow food labels to say there are zero grams of trans fat.
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Let them eat candy...

In Ireland, candy and carbonated beverages are king—beating bread and milk as the most popular food products. Milk was third and bread fourth in the survey, conducted by Checkout Magazine. The number one product? Coke!Source: www.rte.ie/news
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Packaging joint venture in Vietnam...

Packaging companies in Malaysia and Japan recently announced the formation of Kian Joo Canpack Co. in Vietnam.
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Pepsi acquires Ukraine's Sandora juice company...

The Ukranian beverage company Sandora, a leader in juice drink products, was acquired by Pepsi in August.
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Package recycling at 57% in New Zealand...

The New Zealand Packaging Council is dismayed that its efforts to recycle are not being recognized by its government's Select Committee.
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At Halloween, candy's the thing...

More than 93% of U.S. children go trick-or-treating each Halloween.
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Sustainability should address environmental AND social issues...

"There's a social dimension as well as an environmental one" in the drive for packaging sustainability, according to the United Kingdom's Co-op environmental manager.
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Hewlett-Packard: Pharma ink-jet print cartridge

NEW FROM PACK EXPO LAS VEGAS: HP’s new HP Pharma Black CB935A Inkjet Print Cartridge uses FDA-GRAS (generally recognized as safe) ingredients for pharmaceutical applications, and brings the efficiency of non-contact, variable-data printing to pharmaceutical and tablet imprinting processes.
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Smart packaging--gaining traction in the marketplace

The promise of smart packaging has always been impressive. Now, at last, some pretty intriguing commercial applications are starting to surface.
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Ewwwww! Freegans eat garbage...

Governed by their conscience, not their pocketbooks, British Freegans scavenge food from supermarket trash.
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Malaysian government to require proper recycling of packaging...

Repackaging, reusing, or properly disposing of paper, plastic, and aluminum cans is now the responsibility of producers in Malaysia.
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Natural products on the rise in United States...

More than $56 billion was spent on "natural" product in the United States in 2006.
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In India, packaging is the fifth P...

To keep consumers coming back, packagers in India are becoming more and more innovative.
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Nanotechnology goes on unregulated...

While consumers may fear the rise in nanotechnology in products such as sunscreen, toothpaste, and shampoo, the FDA contends there are no safety issues.
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In the United Kingdom, it's more like "no"bots than robots...

In 2005, industrial robots surged 30%. But in the United Kingdom, robotics use is meager.
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Scotch whiskey going down smooth in India, China, and Venezuela...

Sales of Scotch whiskey in Singapore, China, India, and Venezuela are surging.
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Fruit Juice from The Netherlands...

Package designers and brand managers can now be inspired to new heights in design with the launch of a new Web site, Global Package Gallery.

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