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Swedish "Love Drink" in time for Valentine's Day...

touted as the female viagra, drink was first made popular at a hotel bar in Sweden.
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Italians food processors and packagers...

are hot for food produced in India.
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Storm brews in U.S. over modified atmosphere meat packaging...

growing use of carbon monoxide as a "pigment fixative" is alarming consumer advocates who say it is deceptive and robs consumers of the ability to detect spoiled meat.
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India charts fastest growth in bottled water...

Earth Policy Institute study shows.
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Chesapeake Corporation Begins Construction on Pharmaceutical Packaging Plant in China...

plant near Shanghai will supply paperboard cartons, labels and leaflets to domestic and multinational pharmaceutical customers.
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Battle over use of PVC Clamshells continues...

According to Purchasing.com, "The marketplace wars persist over health risks--real or perceived--from plastic packaging made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins. Microsoft just stopped using PVC clamshell packs to protect new copies of its software products.
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Phillipine Dairy to launch new products/packaging to help consumers afford them...

Magnolia, a subsidiary of San Miguel Group is launching affordable new brands and repackaging its products to help consumers cope with higher costs. Cost of raw materials has squeezed profits, but company pledges to focus on developing products and new packaging to suit consumers' budget and lifestyle. Source: tmcnet.com
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Australia's Brewtopia...

allows people to customise their beer by designing labels and choosing packaging online.
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New FDA labeling law...

difficult and costly.
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Procter & Gamble and McLane Company, Inc. have announced that they have reached a settlement...

in a lawsuit that had been filed by P & G alleging infringement on four of its brands.
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New Zealand recycler refuses to take Tetra Pak...

milk cartons saying it is not economically feasible to process the milk bottle alternative.
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Wine market goes global...

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New FDA label ruling preempts state claims...

New prescription drug labeling rule from the Food and Drug Administration says that if a label meets the agency's requirements, state law failure-to-warn suits over the drug's risks are pre-empted, but plaintiffs' lawyers have vowed to fight.
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In U. S., Del Monte invests in cats not kids...

Del Monte to acquire Meow Mix at the same time selling off private label soup and infant feeding businesses to TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

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