• PKN Managing Editor & Publisher Lindy Hughson and Food & Drink Business Editor Kim Berry
    PKN Managing Editor & Publisher Lindy Hughson and Food & Drink Business Editor Kim Berry

In this episode, Lindy Hughson, managing editor and publisher of PKN Packaging News is joined by Kim Berry, editor of Food & Drink Business, to provide insight, analysis and commentary on the top news stories shaping change in Australia’s dynamic packaging industry in March.

We start the discussion with an overview of APPEX 2024, the largest processing and packaging trade show held in Australia, with a major focus on efficiency, automation, and sustainability.

We get insights into industry people movements with APPMA chair Mark Dingley’s decision to step down from the Board, and the departure of Amcor’s CEO Ron Delia.

The discussion also explores upcoming recycling projects with the launch of Arnott’s, Paco & UNSW recycling research program, and the diversion of 9600 tonnes of materials from Victorian landfills following $3.4m in funding across six projects.

We also consider the concerns surrounding the speculative closure of Qenos' polymer manufacturing plants in Australia, as well as Raphael Geminder’s ongoing battle to take full control of Pact to delist it from the ASX.

We wrap up by extending invitations for our Women in Packaging event and the PIDA Awards, and we celebrate the packaging finalists from The Hive Awards.

Sponsored by Trimatt Systems

APPEX declared a "triumph" for all of industry

APPEX Files 2024: Conversations from the show floor

Industry figure Mark Dingley steps down from APPMA Board

Ron Delia to depart Amcor next month

Arnott’s, Paco & UNSW launch recycling research program

$3.4 million in funding to new recycling projects

Qenos closure rumour sparks industry concern

Qenos quo vadis? A long-term customer speaks out

Battle for Pact heats up as share sales blocked

Women in Packaging Awards

Women in Print Breakfast tickets available

2024 PIDA Awards: Call for entries

Hive Awards: ‘Best Packaging’ finalists revealed

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MC: Grant McHerron
Host: Lindy Hughson
Producer: Steve Visscher
Editor: Chris Visscher

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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.