Trends and Issues

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What's old is new...

Cadbury Dairy Milk, U.K., celebrated a 100-year anniversary by reviving packaging designs from as long ago as 1905 on a range of products called the Centenary Heritage Collection.
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Overcoming long-time prejudice...

Nippon Paper-Pak, a Nippon Paper Group company, signed a supply contract with a dairy product manufacturer in Jilin, China, to provide the Fuji-Pak system, its proprietary aseptic packaging system for beverages, to the Chinese company. China and Japan have long time differences stemming from W.W. II that sometimes cause diplomatic tensions. This agreement proves the global market continues to change and grow--and knows no bounds.Source: JCN Network
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Canada bans "racist" candy...

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has agreed to remove from its Quebec convenience store shelves candy that prompted a complaint of racism.
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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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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.
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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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.
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Japanese fake beer for kids is back...

this time shocking New Zealand Alcohol Healthwatch director.
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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