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Packaging helps drive global trend for more responsible drinking...

In London, Diageo pushes responsible drinking through a variety of channels, including advertising, a global website, customer carelinesÝand new labelling bearing nutritional and alcoholic information.
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"Green" costs less as oil prices rise...

This year, Wal-Mart, Wild Oats Market and a host of other retailers, as well as food suppliers like Del Monte and Newman's Own Organics, have embraced corn-based packaging for fresh produce.
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Functional foods are failing to win consumer confidence on both sides of the Atlantic...

according to a report from market analyst Datamonitor.
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China takes on global meat supply...

Mr Li, president of the China Meat Assocaition, says that food security has become the fourth major problem in the world after population, resources and the environment.
IMA Model BFB CP18 side-loading case packer
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The road to Las Vegas: PFM does M2P, IMA intros BFB CP18, ARC on ELAU

This week’s PACK EXPO Preview explains an alphabet soup of acronyms: PFM announces a Make2Pack machine, IMA intros side-loading case packer, ARC automation analyst reviews ELAU acquisition
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New RFID consortium misses the mark

The recent announcement of the formation of a new intellectual property (IP) licensing consortium sounds like the same group that lost out in seeking free/open intellectual property is trying another approach.
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Research and Markets...

...Through their Web site, offers “Smart Tagging and Smart Packaging in Healthcare.” The paid study covers RFID and Smart Packaging used to reveal overheating or the presence of specific bacteria and viruses, single use assurance, anti-counterfeiting, electronic drug delivery…
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Product tracking

Authentix™ offers Track & Trace, a method of product tracking to be used alone or with RFID tags. The system gives each product unit a unique “license plate” for identification and verification.
IFCO's new returnable plastic containers receive 'color wheel' and bar code labels for asset tracking, though the color wheels c
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IFCO's asset tracking produces results

A digital-based color wheel track-and-trace technology for IFCO’s RPCs brings ‘tremendous’ benefits.
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Excitement builds for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005

New pavilions have been added, and exhibition space is up 9%. Plus, making its debut is a brand new web-enabled service to enhance the attendee experience.
In processing and packaging, validation of equipment used in
the pharmaceutical industry is an increasingly complex process.
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Trends in pharma validation

What do pharmaceutical companies need from technology providers and packaging machinery OEMs to make FDA validation run more smoothly?
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Carb loading

The Food and Drug Administration is set to bring some order to a ‘Wild West’ array of label claims about carbohydrates on food packs.
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What skills are needed for healthcare packaging success?

Survey respondents identify knowledge of validation and regulatory issues, as well as materials expertise as critical.
On-shelf storage of bins at CCI: Item-level RFID from bin contents will be associated with bar code identification of storage lo
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Rx distributor turns to internal RFID

In-house UHF RFID at Cesar Castillo marries item identification with storage location to address inventory errors and inefficiencies.
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IBM's RFID man in Europe

Thierry Mottaz, IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain quality and customer support manager, server engineering, is leading a team developing an in-house RFID track-and-trace solution in Europe.

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