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What a morning! More than 120 food and beverage, packaging, brand and marketing industry specialists came together at the annual Food & Drink Business + PKN LIVE event in Melbourne today.

Mars Wrigley Australia, Toll Group and Charter Hall have announced a a seven-year partnership to build and manage a state-of-the-art warehouse in west Melbourne. It will house up to 49,000 pallets - enough space to store 733,824,000 Mars Bars.

What started as a trip to the US looking for products to import ended up as a hugely successful export business. Doris Prodanovic talks with Ron Rodda from The Good Crisp Company.

When Australian sugar manufacturer CSR wanted to create a sugar alternative, it looked to nature. CSR marketing manager Mel Clayton talked to Food & Drink Business about the product’s development.

Geelong-based chocolate manufacturer Freckleberry has entered voluntary administration, with avisory firm Cor Cordis appointed as the administrators.

The Australian Meat Industry Council and China Meat Association have signed a memorandum of understanding to underline a commitment to collaboration and to “secure trade outcomes that are beneficial to all parties”.

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A new range of live cultured sodas from Remedy Drinks is hitting supermarkets and convenience stores this month, based on traditional recipes. The product was designed to help consumers make the switch from sugary soft drinks.

Nestlé has collaborated its coffee brands with Starbucks, releasing a new range of coffee capsules through both its Nespresso and Nescafé brands.

The Secret Speyside Collection from Pernod Ricard-owned Chivas Brothers has made its way to Australian duty-free stores. It features 15 aged Single Malt Scotch whiskies from four distilleries based in Speyside, Scotland.

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Squad Ink branding studio together with Archie Rose Distilling Co have created an epic two-act gin release with the iconic Sydney Opera House. Our associate title PKN got a sneak preview of the packaging before its 1 October launch.

Wellman Packaging, the Sydney-based manufacturer of rigid plastics packaging, has launched itself into the sustainability spotlight today announcing a new ‘squeezy’ sauce bottle comprising 90 per cent food-grade recycled polyethylene plastic.

Chobani has moved to flip-top packs on its new FiT X range of high-protein yoghurts. We asked managing director Peter Meek why.

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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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Orora has entered into a binding agreement to sell its Australasian Fibre business to a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Paper, for an enterprise value of A$1.72bn.

Alf and Nadia Taylor, founders of food processing and packaging solutions provider tna, have been honoured as Members of the Order of Australia.

Norske Skog is closing its Albury newsprint mill business, with the assets including the mill itself to be sold to Visy, Australia’s largest paperboard manufacturer.