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Study from Germany explains why brain identifies with brand...

...and makes it easier for shopper to buy.
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Maine says "no" to Santa Butt beer...

Maine's Bureau of Liquor Enforcement has censored labels for Santa's Butt Winter Porter and two other beers that a local distributor wants to sell in Maine.
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Perfume copycats feel heat...

"Smell-a-like" scents copy package one step short of total rip off. UK judge rules brand leaders hurt by cheaper product cashing in on famous name.
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Johnny Walker thinks globally but markets locally...

Fascinating look at a global marketing strategy that calls for a local JOHNNY WALKER message in four distinct target markets of Chinese society - broken up by age, sex, income and geographic location.Source: The Australian
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Something as simple as child-proof packaging...

...lacking in South Africa for parafinn leads to 80,000 child poisonings a year.
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India Pharmaceutical Industry Future...

Address at 23rd national conference of the Indian Pharmacy Graduates Association talks about excellent growth of the pharmaceutical market - on par with fast growing IT market - including growth of primary and secondary packaging.
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Pharmaceutical RFID tag safely sterilized...

...seems like news to us, company claims to make the only read/write RFID tag that is gamma radiation resistant.Source: PR.Com
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PLM and packaging

How Product Lifecycle Management can help packaging: An interview with PLM provider Agile Software.
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Security breaches include the Internet

A new report points to Internet activity as a growing portal for counterfeiting. What are the packaging implications?
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California dreamin'

Drug ‘pedigree' compromise in Golden State has RFID vendors expecting wider drug industry adoption.
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Tamper-evident RFID

It's another sign of the times we live in that authentication technologies, including RFID tags, may themselves need to be made tamper-evident to indicate when they've been messed with.
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Water, water is everywhere, perhaps not what you think

When it comes to bottled water, there is more to it than you may think, and less to it than you may think.
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Quick-Changeover Packaging Dynamics & Surging Growth Opportunities

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Jackie Chan launches cosmetics line...

The action star's diverse range of businesses already include fitness clubs, restaurants, a clothing label and cookies. The Jackie Chan Organic Skin Care Line, a partnership with businesswoman Maggie Chu, launched at the beauty care product trade fair Cosmoprof Asia. Chan's skin care products use natural ingredients that don't pollute and are packaged with recycled materials.Source: chinadaily
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Biodegradable film introduced in UK...

Innovia's NatureFlex films, made from cellulose derived from wood pulp, can be used for packaging fresh foods. In addition to being biodegradable, the film is also compostable. It provides improved dimensional stability under chill conditions, the company claims. Sainsbury's is among the first to adopt the film as a means of cutting packaging waste.Source: foodproductiondaily.com/europe
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New juice for kids in the Middle-East...

Masafi, a regional producer in the bottled mineral water industry, has launched a new juice package for kids.
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Special report on packaging growth in India...

"With consumerism on the rise, packaging is gaining a lot of importance," says this report. "Packing is getting a further boost because of the advent of the modern retail format where goods are getting eye-catching display."Source: Business Standard
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Chinese women spending on luxury...

Research reveals there is huge potential in China for luxury goods like perfume and champagne--bought by women. "Until recently 90% of all luxury spending in China was dictated by men ... The modern female luxury shopper includes the business woman, the celebrity and the newly independent rich wife."Source: Qatar's The Peninsula

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