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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cigarette Labeling Suit Starts Supreme Court Session
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
AOL News

The Supreme Court picked up Monday where it left off last term, signaling support for efforts to block lawsuits against tobacco companies over deceptive marketing of "light" cigarettes.The first day of the court's new term, which is set in law as the first Monday in October, included denials of hundreds of appeals. Chief Justice John Roberts opened the new session in a crowded courtroom that included retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor ...

Kraft Foods to Cut 400 Jobs in North America
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
USA Today

Foodmaker Kraft Foods said Monday it is cutting 400 jobs in North America to reduce costs.
Kraft spokeswoman Renee Zahery said the layoffs will represent a cut of about 1% in the company's North American work force. The largest U.S. food and beverage maker is in the middle of a three-year transformation that aims to improve sales and profits by lowering costs, launching new products and boosting marketing ...

Chilean Company Developing More Reliable Labels to Support New COOL Requirements
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
FreshPlaza.com
Colorama, a Chilean graphic company, has developed new more reliable labels for the fresh produce industry, particularly North American companies with the need to implement new Country of Origin Labeling requirements.Over recent years, Colorama has witnessed increasing problems with labels staying put or holding up during international transit. "We have been called on numerous times to help fix problems caused by lesser-quality labels ..." says Francisco Langlois, General Manager of Colorama ...
 

Monday, October 6, 2008

ITC to Use Wind Energy in its Packaging Business
Monday, October 6, 2008
IT News

KOLKATA, India: ITC will now utilize wind energy in its packaging and printing business as part of its commitment to progressively use renewable energy to further consolidate its carbon positive status. In line with ITC's abiding vision to contribute meaningfully to sustainable development, the company has recently commissioned a 14 MW Wind Energy project in Tamil Nadu by installing 4 windmills in Theni District, near Madurai and 5 windmills in the Radhapuram Taluk, Tirunelveli District, at a capital cost of about Rs. 90 Crores. The project will not only result in cost savings but will also enhance ITC's positive environmental footprint …

Alcan Packaging acquires pharmaceutical flexible packaging facility in India
 
Monday, October 6, 2008
International Business Times 
Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging has acquired the Chakan flexible packaging plant from Associated CapsulesPrivate Limited in India. According to the company, the Chakan operations both expand Alcan Packaging's geographic footprintand strengthen the organisation's strategic presence in the Indianpharmaceutical market, which is currently ranked 14th in the world in terms ofscale and expected to triple over the next decade ... 

The Pepsi Bottling Group Releases 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report
Monday October 6, 2008
TradingMarkets.com

The Pepsi Bottling Group today released its first Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled "Act! Our Commitment to Making a Difference." The report, which focuses on the company's U.S. business, lays out PBG's sustainability strategy across three primary platforms. "PBG has a strong track record of incorporating sustainable business practices into our operations, employee programs and community outreach strategy," said Eric Foss, PBG President and Chief Executive Officer ...

Pepsi Bottling Group names board chairman
Monday, October 6, 2008
Reuters

Pepsi Bottling Group Inc named Chief Executive Eric J. Foss to the additional title of chairman of the board, effective immediately. Pepsi Bottling, the largest bottler of PepsiCo Inc beverages, said non-executive board chairman Barry Beracha will resume his post as a board director ...

Sonoco's Belgian unit hiking containerboard prices
 
Monday, October 6, 2008 
Forbes.com
 
Sonoco Inc.'s Belgian unit said Monday it is raising the price of containerboard sold in the U.K., Scandinavia and Russia by 40 euros ($58.47) per ton, beginning with Oct. 28 shipments. The price hike of containerboard, which is used to make cardboard boxes, aims to cover increased costs.

Researchers Say 'Life-Threatening' Energy Drinks Need Warning Labels
 
Monday, October 6, 2008 
FoxNews.com
 
Your daily caffeine blast from "energy" drinks might be killing you. A new study says the high-powered drinks have so much of a jolt that the government should put warning labels on them. "The caffeine content of energy drinks varies over a 10-fold range, with some containing the equivalent of 14 cans of Coca-Cola. Yet the caffeine amounts are often unlabeled, and few include warnings about the potential health risks of caffeine intoxication," Roland Griffiths writes in The Gazette of Johns Hopkins University, where the study took place ...

Fire Burns Lawrence Brewery's Bottling Plant in Kansas
Monday, October 6, 2008
KCTV5.com

Investigators are working to determine what led to a weekend fire at Free State Brewery's newest off-site bottling plant. The fire began Sunday morning on Moodie Road in Lawrence.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ireland's recycling rate could increase by 15% 
Sunday, October 5, 2008
RTE News

Ireland is recycling more than it ever has before but the amount of waste it generates is also increasing. Ireland could increase its recycling rate by more than 15%, if householders were to include packaging from the entire house in their green bins. A campaign to highlight this is being launched by Repak to mark 'Recycling Week', which starts tomorrow.

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