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Demand for plant-based milks has skyrocketed in Australia over the past five years as traditional dairy industries attempt to wrestle back momentum. IBIBWorld senior industry analyst Matthew Reeves writes.

Bubs Australia will launch into Vietnam’s largest baby store chain Bibo Mart from December. The Vietnamese infant nutritionals market is estimated to be worth around AU$2.2 billion.

Seven Australian seafood companies recently pitched their solutions to industry issues at this year's Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum in Silicon Valley.

Coopers Brewery has achieved a two per cent growth in sales volumes during the 2018-19 financial year, yet its profit has dropped to $23.1 million, an $11 million loss from the previous year.

Murray River Organics has announced its exports have increased by 27 per cent over FY2019, attributing sales to Chinese customers as the major contributor to the increase.

Bioscience company Chr Hansen is using ‘good bacteria’ to fight listeria contamination. Doris Prodanovic speaks to ANZ CEO Kylie Evans to find out how.

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Spirits made from hemp are set to hit Australian shelves, with craft distiller Natural Distilling Co bringing out its boutique Limonene Hemp Gin and Myrcene Hemp Vodka.

Nexba has released a convenience drinks range in bespoke 450ml PET bottles, designed for 7-Eleven, Coles Express and Caltex stores around the country.

Remedy Drinks is launching its new passionfruit kombucha into 7-Eleven stores in November.

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Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil are on track to meet sustainable packaging goals, with all soft drink and water brands in Australia now being produced in 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles.

Colpac has launched a redesign of its chilled-food-to-go packaging range, following customer feedback, to incorporate new features and a new medium-sized salad bowl pack.

Iced tea franchise Chatime will eliminate single-use plastic from all 125 of its national locations by next year. Dubbed “Project Happy Turtle”, the scheme will see Chatime move from plastic to paper straws; introduce compostable cups and lids from BioPak; and sell reusable cups across the entire chain.

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A water brand created by US actor, rapper and entrepreneur Jaden Smith has launched into Australia with packaging designed to ease plastic bottle pollution in the ocean.

Brewing luminary Chuck Hahn has taken Kosciuszko Brewing Company back to tins with a couple of innovations planned for the canning line.

Australian hydration-boosting drink PREPD is looking for a capital injection to expand its business and grow market share.

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In a move that signals its intentions to expand its Asia Pacific operations, SIG is set to acquire Visy Cartons from Visy Pak Operations, a subsidiary of Pratt Consolidated Holdings, for $70 million.

Global glass giant OI’s Australian and New Zealand operations are up for sale, in a deal that promises to be the biggest local manufacturing transaction since Nippon stealthily scooped up the Orora Fibre Packaging business. Writing exclusively for PKN, Paul Allen of Margin Partners provides insights into the upside for potential buyers.

Australian coding and labelling specialist Matthews Australasia has this week launched a new online toolkit aimed at supporting Australian manufacturers who supply products to any of the major supermarkets.