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Plastics can provide a challenge to making inks adhere.
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Five ways to better ink-jet printing

Inks are evolving as substrates, industry regulations, and customer demands change.
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Building better bonds between makers and buyers of packaging machinery

People I talked to at Ipack-Ima 2006, held February 14-18 in an architectural wonderland called Fiera Milano on the outskirts of Milan, were cautiously hoping that the show may be a sign that economic recovery is on the way.
RFID for healthcare markets is forecast by Frost & Sullivan to reach $2.3 billion by 2011.
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Unraveling RFID for pharma

Frost & Sullivan's RFID expert assesses RFID in the healthcare and pharma markets.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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Item-level ePedigree

An item-level serialized RFID solution with “parent-child” association software is rolling out with five pharmaceutical applications including Pfizer’s Viagra.
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Generation "Y" hungry for specialty foods...

twenty-somethings are being billed as the most food-savvy generation yet--poised to be the largest consumer superpower since the Baby Boomers. Desires include specialty sodas, Latin cuisine, flavored olive oils and salty snacks. Great trend piece that does not cover packaging's role in communicating brand experience for the buyer.Source: Specialty Foods.com
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No Joke, Alcan buys Polish Plant...

Alcan Inc. announces it has agreed with the UK administrators of Parkside International, to acquire the assets of Parkside's flexible food packaging plant in Zlotow, Poland. This acquisition helps open up the Central and Eastern European markets. Source: The Aluminum Association
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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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Peruvian upstart cola-maker Ajegroup takes on Coke and Pepsi in Mexico...

has grabbed 5 percent of Mexico's soft-drink trade, a market Snapdata International estimates at $6.5 billion, forcing Coke and PepsiCo Inc. to lower prices. A 3.3-liter container of Big Cola brand sells for as little as 86 cents. "Half the population of Mexico is poor," Ajegroup spokesman Alfredo Paredes said. "For us, that was an opportunity."Source: SFGate.com
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Shocking Expose' in Washington Post...

U.S. hospitals are saving money by reusing medical devices designated for one-time use, ignoring the warnings of manufacturers, which will not vouch for the safety of their reconditioned products.

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