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Labelers to gather in São Paulo

Label Summit Latin America, taking place May 15-17 in São Paulo, Brazil, will bring local and regional label printers together.
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Call for FDA-certified health labeling on food

Nutrition researchers are asking the FDA to regulate the numerous labels that claim health benefits on food packaging.
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Food and beverage markets expanding in Mexico

Lifestyle changes in Mexico mean profitability for processed foods.
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In Dubai, nearly 200 companies exhibit at Gulf Pack

Billed as the largest Middle East packaging industry trade fair ever, Gulf Pack opened April 2 at the Dubai Airport Expo.
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Global Packaging Minute's Labeling Bloopers edition

In a blog from Japan, the following labels were listed under a headline, "Dumb and funny warning labels." We don't know if these were cases of bad translation from another language or just really funny. Enjoy!
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New regulations for South Africa's bottled water industry

For the first time, South Africa's Department of Health is publishing regulations related to the processing and labeling of bottled water.
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India gets Minute Maid juice in plastic and glass bottles

In response to consumer preferences leaning toward health and wellness products, Coca-Cola is introducing Minute Maid juice in parts of India.
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Fruit on packaging found misleading

he Prevention Institute, a non-profit health advocacy group out of California, studied 37 heavily marketed foods with pictures of fruit on the packaging.
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Opportunities abound for pet food packaging

While the explosive growth in premium pet food has been a big story in the US, the trend is global in scope.
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Top 10 FDA developments

Packaging World and Healthcare Packaging columnist and attorney-at-law Eric F. Greenberg (www.ericfgreenbergpc.com) offered a list of key issues pertaining to healthcare packaging during the Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum (www.packworld.com/ppf), To read the complete story, visit this site.
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EPI Exact Packaging: Pre-Made Bag Feeder, Labeling System

EPI has introduced an automatic system for labeling pre-made coffee bags prior to filling the bags.
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Six Sigma and pharmaceutical packaging

In this article, Kent St. Vrain of Paxonix reports on Six Sigma benefits, economic justification, and streamlining the process of getting product more quickly to market.
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Co-packing industry assesses opportunities and challenges

The contract packaging industry has no shortage of opportunities and challenges, and some of them were discussed formally and informally at the Contract Packaging Association’s annual meeting, which concluded April 2 in Tucson, AZ. First, the opportunities. One of the hottest segments of contract packaging today is pharmaceutical products, and it’s promising even more growth for co-packers with the right facilities, capabilities, and certification approvals. Speaking to association members, Bill Sharpless said the $400 billion pharma industry is growing at 3% annually. Sharpless is marketing director of pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and medical packaging at Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
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Finding value in RFID

The sweet spot can be found in certain applications, according to this Webinar held April 5 that cited two RFID implementations.
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P-s labeler with outsert

Designed to serve the pharmaceutical industry, the new Master series p-s labeler from PE USA includes a nonstop-feed, hot-melt outsert system.

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