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RFID reaches 100% reliability...

During the recent RFID Health Care Industry Adoption Summit in Washington D.C., packaging maker Owens-Illinois (O-I) and RFID provider Impinj demonstrated 100% reliability of radiofrequency identification (RFID) for pharmaceuticals in an item-level live demonstration. The companies claim that a new "embedded tag" method has helped them achieve this.Source: Drug Researcher.com
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BOLOGNA, ITALY to host Pharmintech 2007...

Organized by Ipack-Ima and sponsored by UCIMA, an exhibition for the pharmaceutical, personal care, and nutraceutical industry in Europe, will take place June 12-14, 2007, in Bologna, Italy. Exhibits will include packaging machines and components, packaging materials and containers, and traceability systems and RFID.Source: pffc-online
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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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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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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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Totally contradicting this RFID news...

...is an article entitled, "Two Years In, RFID's Not The Cure." Talks about Cardinal Health's finding that technologies and processes have to improve. Also, "not enough suppliers, distributors, and retailers have demonstrated a commitment to RFID; standards adoption continues to lag; and privacy worries haven't been resolved." In addition, some biologics could actually be damaged by the heat generated by radio frequency waves. Source: Information Week.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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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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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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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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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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