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In Japan, kiddie cocktails reach mass-market proportions. . .

Fake alcoholic drinks are being marketed to children purportedly to make them "feel included" in Japan's adult alcohol-drinking culture.
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In India, bottled water market is set to boil over. . .

A ban was lifted on mineral water produced and sold by Pepsi and Coca-cola in Kerala, India. Now the Kerla Water Authority (KWA), which controls the water supply network, will compete with the cola giants in the battle for bottled water sales.
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New Zealander dies after buying meds from India online. . .

After illegally buying anti-depressants online, a 43-year old man died of an overdose.
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Worth the price of admission: What purchasing managers should know about packaging

Hear TricorBraun's Jim Moseley, when he presents at CP 07: Succeeding with Contract Packaging. Moseley will illustrate eight factors that contribute to packaging cost; conference attendees will learn how to use this information to make better purchase decisions. More info >>
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Procter & Gamble goes for all that glitters. . .

Even though Pantene is the #1 selling shampoo in the world, Procter & Gamble is changing its packaging, store display, and ad campaign.
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Anti-counterfeiting strategies begin to take shape

From the automotive aftermarket to personal-care products to pharmaceuticals, new brand authentication and anti-counterfeiting initiatives are swimming into view.
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Irradiation again, labeling this time

My fear right now is for those of you who might not finish reading this column, but who work with irritating colleagues.
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Back in the U.S.A.

Drug reimportation legislation seems likely to pass in Congress. It may jumpstart track-and-trace packaging technology.
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GlaxoSmithKline in France

Global pharma giant plans to invest 500 million euros in its vaccine production plant in northern France to expand capacity.
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Russian counterfeiting

Russia at forefront of new wave of high qaulity fake medicines.
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New package shapes, new markets, new products

Whether you’re in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and/or nutraceutical business, it’s always wise to pay attention not only to competitive product packaging, but also to products sold in other segments.
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South Africa's poor hit with counterfeit food

Poor people in outlying and rural areas of South Africa are seeing a growing number of fake food products.
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Labelers to gather in São Paulo

Label Summit Latin America, taking place May 15-17 in São Paulo, Brazil, will bring local and regional label printers together.
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Fruit on packaging found misleading

he Prevention Institute, a non-profit health advocacy group out of California, studied 37 heavily marketed foods with pictures of fruit on the packaging.
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When beverages cross the line. . .

In separate incidents, three beverage companies have had to pull their products off shelves for product or package impropriety.
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In Pakistan, mango export becomes standardized. . .

This month, mangos will be exported from Pakistan in packages of standard weight in kilos.
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Cheers to UK brewer upon environmental award win. . .

Adnams, a mid-sized brewer in England, won the top prize in the carbon Trust Innovation Awards this year.
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Product and package innovation dominates functional soft drinks market. . .

Competition among the major drinks corporations is high in the health and wellness soft drinks market, reaching $140 billion in 2006.

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