Trends and Issues

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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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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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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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Asia starting to catch up to U.S., Europe and Japan...

in food packaging.
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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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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.
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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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.
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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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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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Japanese fake beer for kids is back...

this time shocking New Zealand Alcohol Healthwatch director.
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Italian officials sieze contaminated baby milk...

manufactured by Swiss food giant Nestle after tests showed it was contaminated with traces of ink used in the packaging.
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India calls for pictorial warning on tobacco products...

will shortly issue a notification fixing stringent norms for tobacco packaging and labelling, cautioning about its ill effects.
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Sourcing in China saves UK manufactures up to 80% ...

A recent survey of UK manufacturers concludes that the potential cost savings to manufacturers to source cheaper sub components are absolutely huge.
The GPS track-and-trace device measures about six inches.
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GPS track-and-trace demo

UCLA researchers demonstrate a wireless GPS-sensor tracking system that targets the cold chain and other applications.
From SoBe and from Trinity Springs: hot-fill PET bottles that don't require vacuum panels in the sidewalls.
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Look what's coming down the packaging pike

From sustainability to high-pressure sterilization to nanotechnology, developments in food and beverage packaging hold tremendous promise.
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Qualified health claims may mislead

The Food and Drug Administration’s policy of allowing preliminary health claims on food labels if accompanied by a disclaimer may mislead consumers. An FDA working paper posted on the agency’s Web site described a study to investigate the communication effects of four means of conveying information about the level of scientific certainty supporting a health claim on the label.

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