• Rob and Krista Watkins from Natural Evolution
    Rob and Krista Watkins from Natural Evolution
  • Brad Adams from Ocean Grown Abalone. Image: Russell Ord
    Brad Adams from Ocean Grown Abalone. Image: Russell Ord
  • Egmont Honey
    Egmont Honey
  • Bruce Picot, the founder of Pic's Peanut Butter
    Bruce Picot, the founder of Pic's Peanut Butter
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Our bumper November-December issue is here. Leading with our annual, exclusive and not-to-be-missed Australia's Top 100 Food and Drink Companies 2019, we also take a look back at the year that was, the companies to watch and much more.

EDITOR'S PICK

The year in review -  brought to you by Robotic Automation

2019 was a massive year for the food and beverage industry. Our 2019 Year in Review gives you a snapshot of all the major stories. Coles implemented a number of new strategies announcing a partnership with Uber and new format supermarkets; sustainability stories started to be more about action with Coca-Cola Amatil hitting a number of targets and launching the world's first rPET for carbonated beverages; the Pollywaffle came back; SPC was sold; Saputo bought Lion's speciality cheese business; KKR bought Arnott's; Woolworths offloaded ALH and Endeavour Drinks and China Mengniu Dairy Company bought Bellamy's. And that's just to name a few. (From page 58.)

Rising Stars - Brought to you by Matthews

Rob and Krista Watkins from Natural Evolution

The functional foods company Natural Evolution started with an experiment which is now exporting globally with products spanning baking, health supplements, beauty, equine health and healing. It is now branching into sustainable spirits made from by-products from processing fruit and vegetables under its Plantation Brew Co. Krista and Rob Watkins have both been recognised for their work and are advocates for growing sustainable food processing in rural and regional Australia.

We also look back on the rising stars we profiled in 2019. (From page 18.) 

Blue Sky

Brad Adams' family have been diving for Abalone for more than 50 years. Their company, Ocean Grown Abalone, listed on the ASX in 2017 and has just built a $3.4 million processing facility. Adams has also designed an abalone habitat which gives the company an aquaculture advantage in producing the lucrative wild green lip abalone. (From page 70.) 

New Zealand update 

Bruce Picot, the founder of Pic's Peanut Butter
Bruce Picot, the founder of Pic's Peanut Butter

Our New Zealand update profiles two companies passionate about their brands. Pic's peanut butter was started by Bruce Picot after he realised most peanut butters sold in New Zealand contained sugar. He's now exporting to China and around the world. Egmont Honey helicopters in beekeeping teams to the alpine region of South Taranaki to harvest Manuka flowers in a brief six-week window. It's a great read. (From page 74.)

 

And of course, we have all the latest news, new products to hit the shelves, equipment updates and loads more. Its all available in a click

Packaging News

The 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards winners have been announced, with eleven Australian and New Zealand companies to be recognised for packaging innovation across six categories at a gala ceremony during interpack 2020.

The November/December issue of PKN is out now, featuring a look back at the highlights of 2019 and including our exclusive Machinery Matters supplement.

Spicers is buying rival merchant Direct Paper as part of its strategy to move into new areas, with the deal giving it an increased presence in packaging papers and boards.