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Australian businesses are increasing resources for environmental sustainability by more than 50 per cent, the latest Business Assurance Report by SAI Global says.

The Federal Full Court has dismissed an appeal by Shepparton Partners Collective Operations Pty Ltd (SPC) about an earlier ruling the business had infringed copyright through ongoing use of enterprise resource planning software by QAD Inc.

Around 300 deaths could be avoided every year if five major Australian food manufacturers cut the salt content in their packaged foods, research by The George Institute for Global Health found.

Strong growth in H1 FY22 for Halo Food Co was driven by its consolidated group EBITDA profitability – a 223 per cent increase compared to the previous year and a new record for the group.

The New South Wales government is heightening its surveillance on express and online alcohol delivery operators as businesses start to re-open after Covid lockdowns.

Nestlé has reached 100 per cent renewable electricity across its Australian operations, four years ahead of schedule. Brands like KitKat, Milo and Uncle Toby’s will now be powered by wind energy.

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Which companies are the Top 10 for 2021? There are the stayers and new players jostling for the spotlight. Fonterra, JBS, CC Amatil, and Lion all held their spots as the top 4, but Asahi arrived with a splash.

Five companies recorded double digit climbs in the 2021 Top 100 with the big hitters Bega and Asahi reaping the benefits of major acquisitions.

Most sectors had some stand-out performers in this year’s Top 100. Agriculturally focused industries continued to make their mark, with meat processors and dairy companies performing well.

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Speciality coffee roaster Seven Miles has brewed an on-the-go energy booster with the launch of its Nitro Black Coffee and Black Coffee in ready-to-drink cold brew cans.

The latest low-alcohol spritzer on the market wants drinkers to experience the high of summer without the lo of a hangover. Hilo comes in three varieties: Sav Blanc, Rosé, and Shiraz.

The iconic Tasmania Bakeries’ National Pies will now live up to its name, with a range of its pies now available on the mainland. Baked fresh in Hobart daily, all pies are coated with 128 layer of pastry.

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The dairy industry has come out in strong support of a new $38m plastic recycling facility in Laverton, which will pave the way for increased use of recycled HDPE in milk bottles and other food packaging.

Winemaker Hentley Farm and wine tech company Cellr have developed a label that allows customers to experience the winery’s The Creation project.

Planet Protector Packaging has achieved top honours in the WEConnect International Rise to the Challenge awards for its flagship Woolpack product and added nine new companies to its client list.

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In Australia 4.1 million tonnes of edible food is wasted annually, with more than half coming from the commercial food sector. Yume and Suez have partnered to do something to do about it. Doris Prodanovic writes.

For leading Australasian brewer Lion, 2019 was a watershed. For more than a decade the company had been implementing a range of sustainability initiatives, but last year saw an acceleration of its commitments. Kim Berry reports.

For a company with a large variety of packaging formats, driving a sustainability agenda is not for the faint-hearted, but Mars Food Australia is stepping up to the challenge. Kim Berry writes.

Packaging News

Close the Loop Group is listing on the ASX today, following the completion of an over-subscribed $12 million capital raising, with strong support from institutional and cornerstone investors.

Amcor has opened a new ISO certified medical packaging facility for the APAC region, with co-extruders and flexo printing centre stage at the Singapore-based plant.

PKN’s Nov/Dec 2021 issue is once again packed with latest stories from the world of packaging, shining a light on the latest news, trends and developments in sustainability, e-commerce packaging, packaging innovation, and pack printing and decoration.