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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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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.
MICROWAVE CONVENIENCE. An internal steam vent in this stand-up pouch permits self-venting in the microwave oven.
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The incredible flexible pouch

Economies of scale drive pouch costs down, while shelf appeal and convenience features deliver on the marketer's need to differentiate.
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Packaging in India: "It's more than packs. It's package engineering."

In India, the retail boom has just started and is catching on rapidly across the east, west, south, and north zones. At the beginning of this decade, organised retailing accounted for a mere $US 2.9 billion, just 1.25% of the estimated total retail market. By 2010, it is estimated to be a $US 33-billion industry. The retail sector in India is expected to grow by 20% each year in the next 10 years.
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Summit introduces Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum 2007

Presenters from Merck, Schering-Plough, and Cardinal Health will help Summit Publishing launch the Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum 2007 (www.packworld.com/ppf), scheduled at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia Thursday, March 29, 2007.
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Protecting food from terrorists

If we knew how they'd come at us, it would make stopping them a lot easier.
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In Canada, Coca Cola eyes coffee market...

Tapping into the market for premium espressos and lattes, Coca-Cola Co. launches "Far Coast," its own brand of specialty coffees in Toronto.
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Pakistan report on fruit and vegetable packaging...

Fascinating paper from a doctor in Pakistan laying out specifications to improve basic fruit and vegetable distribution and packaging's role...
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Sainsbury introduces green packaging...

UK based supermarket puts 500 products, ready meals and organic produce, in compostable packaging.
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Cocaine drink causes stir in Australia...

A new beverage called Cocaine has hit the market in Australia and has created quite a stir in the consumer press.
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Pharma packaging in India on high growth path...

Fueled by growth in worldwide demand for pharmaceuticals, packaging thrives. Materials include various types of glass, pet bottles, strip and blister packs, injectables and ampoules. With pharma companies mostly concentrated in the western region of the country, the packaging industry generates about 80 percent of the total revenue from there.Source: Hindu Business Line
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Tetra targets China...

To meet the "explosion" in milk consumption, Sweden's Tetra Pak will double capacity in Beijing. Packaging giant says they cannot maintain 26 percent growth per year as in past, expecting market to stabalize at 15 percent growth per year!Source: Food Production Daily
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International Paper sells Brazilian coated paper...

business to Storo Enso for 400 million dollars. IP is not abandoning Brazil, but concentrating on uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging worlwide.Source: Memphis Business Journal
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Kraft seeks packaging ideas...

This past May, the $34 billion food and beverage giant launched its Innovate With Kraft program, offering the public a venue to submit ideas for tasty new products, unique packaging ideas or innovative business processes or systems.

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