Wine Australia has partnered with cloud-solutions technology Accela to help regulate Australia’s $2.84 billion wine export sector with a new licensing and approval system (WALAS), projected to process 200,000 transactions each year.

The new system will provide end-to-end processing, allowing exporters to apply online for licenses and certificates, including review and payment options online in real-time with 24.7 access. 

The project combines the partnership of US-based firms Accela and project management services DWS Limited with Wine Australia to introduce the SaaS govtech solution to a federal level.

“Our team at Accela is excited about this ground breaking effort to support Wine Australia’s transition of essential workflows online, promote efficiency gains, and regulate a critical market for Australia’s economic growth,” said Accela international managing director Khaled Jaouni.

“Our collaboration with DWS in the Australian market demonstrates the collective power of our best-in-class solutions to help agencies at the federal, state, and local levels better serve their citizens and deliver results, and marks a significant milestone in Accela’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region as our longest-running international operation of over a decade.” 

Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said the new system will manage the country’s growing number of wine exports, and “reflects our commitment to employing modern digital tools to better serve our grape and wine community”.

“Our new Licensing and Approval System will help deliver enhanced services to our sector and help provide critical infrastructure to keep Australian wine flowing to our international markets,” said Clark.

Packaging News

In the first year of PKN’s Women in Packaging Awards programme, industry has stepped up with meaning. The response has been phenomenal, and the judges had their work cut out for them selecting the finalists from a competitive field of high-calibre nominees.

At The Hive Awards in Sydney today, the Best Packaging category was won by Don Smallgoods, part of George Weston Foods, for its resealable flow wrap pack for sandwich fillers and other smallgoods. This innovative packaging is a departure from the conventional thermoformed packs and addresses consumer demands for better functionality, sustainability, and product visibility.

Applications for the 2024 APCO Annual Awards are now open, and are open to all of industry to apply.