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Cocaine drink causes stir in Australia...

A new beverage called Cocaine has hit the market in Australia and has created quite a stir in the consumer press.
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Pharma packaging in India on high growth path...

Fueled by growth in worldwide demand for pharmaceuticals, packaging thrives. Materials include various types of glass, pet bottles, strip and blister packs, injectables and ampoules. With pharma companies mostly concentrated in the western region of the country, the packaging industry generates about 80 percent of the total revenue from there.Source: Hindu Business Line
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Tetra targets China...

To meet the "explosion" in milk consumption, Sweden's Tetra Pak will double capacity in Beijing. Packaging giant says they cannot maintain 26 percent growth per year as in past, expecting market to stabalize at 15 percent growth per year!Source: Food Production Daily
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International Paper sells Brazilian coated paper...

business to Storo Enso for 400 million dollars. IP is not abandoning Brazil, but concentrating on uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging worlwide.Source: Memphis Business Journal
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Also in the United Kingdom, packaging future could well be in the compost pile...

The future isn't now, according to some in the United Kingdom recyclable packaging industry.
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Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum 2007

Presenters from Merck, Schering-Plough, and Cardinal Health will help launch the Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum 2007, scheduled at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia Thursday, March 29, 2007.
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Fda Enforcement Stats Tell A Story, But What Is It?

Enforcement statistics, such as data on Warning Letters, recalls, seizures, and injunctions, can appear to support multiple trends at once.”
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Pedigree paralysis no more

FDA mandate for secondary wholesalers may help drive RFID into drug distribution chain.
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China brands not known worldwide...

A new survey of almost 3,000 business people from more than 40 countries attending a China Export Commodity Fair, said that while they may recognize the names of Chinese companies, they are unfamiliar with the brands they produce.
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Also in China, cold chain begs improvement...

Serious problems exist in the processing, packaging and transportation of perishable goods in China.
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Virus as food additive...

The FDA approved the first ever bacteria killing virus to be sprayed on meats prior to packaging.
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The truth behind Wal-Mart's green makeover...

Despite the inflammatory title, this is actually a pretty favorable article on a rather left-leaning website.
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Microwave meats...

Ninety-two percent of homes in the United States have microwaves and meat processors are taking advantage of the fact, meeting the growing consumer demand for convenience.
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Bend it like Mrs. Beckham?

British celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham are expanding the soccer ace's pefume line by launching his and her fragrances.
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Guyana rice millers need better labels...

The Guyana National Bureau of Standards has told rice millers and middelmen to accurately label all packages of rice that are to be marketed due to repeated customer complaints about unlabelled and inaccurately weighed bags. "The packages should contain the brand name of the product, its net contents, a date and place of manufacture as well as an expiration date," the GNBS said.Source: Stabroek News
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Controversy over U.K. wine health warnings...

"Jacques Chirac, chief detractor of eating in Britain, would lead the laughter," says food critic Egon Ronay, regarding the move to put health warnings on wine labels.
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India ready for vodka in a sachet?

Not sure if the language is a barrier because the article contains no photo, but Diageo, the world's largest spirits company, plans a new vodka packaging for India that involves convenient user-friendly sachets of 30 and 60 ml.
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South African and Indian firms win aids drug license...

Aspen Pharmacare, South Africa, and Emcure Pharmaceuticals, India, have won a royalty-free licence agreement for the generic of Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMS) antiretroviral drug Atazanavir, which earned BMS $696 million in sales in the US last year.

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