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New York Times reports new condom package...

a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, explained that the effort was more about packaging than branding, providing the department with a better way to measure the effectiveness of its free condom distribution.
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Muslim outrage over cartoons hurts Danish Dairy Arla....

A Muslim Middle East boycott of Danish goods following publication of twelve cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed has hurt many global suppliers.
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Jamaica struggles with counterfeit medicine...

public awareness campaign "Raise the alarm counterfeit medicines can harm" will run in print and electronic media as well as on posters and billboards. Paints an awful picture citing 192,000 deaths in China in 2001 from fake drugs. "Check the packaging" suggests Health Minister.Source: The Jamaica Observer
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New Zealand study determines "country of origin labeling"...

would cost up to $60 million and offer little consumer benefit.
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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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Private label skin care...

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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.
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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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