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Australia's food labels inaccurate and misleading...

A study by the New South Wales Health Authority found that 30% of foods tested did not reflect the nutrient content on their packaging, even after allowing a margin of error. The study found as many of 84% of labels incorrectly stated the quantity of least one component, which would have a definite impact upon whether you would recommend the food as being high, medium or low in that nutrient.Source: abc.net.au
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Coconut Water...

Not to be confused with coconut milk, US producer and distributer of "value-added, water-based" products, Tropical Beverage, introduces ONE. Packed in an aseptic Tetra Pak, the product is 100% coconut water, contains no preservatives and no fat. The product has been shown to rehydrate people very fast in studies and it is a perfect drink for kids. The company says ONE has taken off in stores like Whole Foods.Source: Beverage Online
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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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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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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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Graphic Packaging Intl.: Graphic Packaging Intl.: Secondary motion servo rotary vacuum placer

Minnesota Automation Products of Graphic Packaging International introduces its new secondary motion servo rotary vacuum placer that offers the versatility to pick lids up to 4" deep and randomly place them onto a continuous motion stream of product for the food industry at speeds to 125 packages/min.
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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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Middle East snack growth...

Western-style fast foods and snacks like potato chips and cheese balls all the rage in the region, with many states setting up large snack manufacturing units.
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Australians favor plain package for cigarettes...

A survey of 3000 adults shows 51 percent of men and 53 percent of women support the initiative by an anti-smoking lobby to push for plain packaging for cigarettes to reduce their appeal to consumers.
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Soft drinks gaining share by losing fizz...

New study available from Business Insights shows the overall soft drink category is growing and gaining share from other categories including beer, hot drinks and wine. But traditional carbonated drinks are losing share to fruit juices and bottled waters. In response Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are dramatically modifying their portfolios and Cadbury Schweppes has divested their European soft drinks business.Source: Just-drinks.com
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Kids' food and drinks to "soar"

Another new report, this one from Packaged Facts, says product offerings in food and beverage for children will explode in the next few years with the focus on fighting obesity.
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Further supporting evidence...cereal bars growth

On the back of this trend to offer healthier alternatives to kids, another study by Leatherhead International cites 9.6 percent growth in cereal snacks.
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First flexible alcoholic drink package...

Pocket Shot introduces unique new single-serve alcohol product in a flexible stand-up pouch in California.
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In India, traditional beauty care business heats up...

It's back to your traditional roots in the beauty and skincare business in India, as contemporary delivery systems take traditional "home grown" remedies for beauty and hair care like turmeric (manjal) scrub, shikkakai powder and hibiscus to a national audience.Source: The Hindu Business Line
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Secure track-and-trace container debuts

A modular system with user-specified features can secure valuable products through the supply chain.
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DuPont Packaging: PLA additive

Biomax® Strong, from DuPont is a petrochemical additive that is said to improve the toughness and reduce the brittleness of PLA materials.

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