POSTPONED: PKN + Food & Drink Business Women in Packaging Breakfast Forum


Kate Stewart, Nicole Garofano and Krista Watkins have this in common: passion and purpose are their guiding principles, and they'll be sharing their insights at the upcoming Women in Packaging breakfast forum in Melbourne on 2 April.

Women in Packaging event hosts PKN and Food & Drink Business are pleased to announce the speaker line-up for our popular annual breakfast forum, to be staged in partnership with AIP at the upcoming Australasian Packaging Conference.

Following keynote speaker Sonia Friedrich's presentation (more detail below), our panel of industry professionals will share their experience on how aligning passion and purpose can lead to business success while making a positive impact on the planet and its people.

Panellists (pictured left to right below) will include founder and MD of Stay tray, Kate Stewart, co-founder and MD of Natural Evolution Krista Watkins; founder and Brisbane-based plastics researcher and PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland, Nicole Garofano (MAIP).

Kate Stewart is the owner and founder of Stay tray, a reusable drink tray. Stewart says she had witnessed first-hand the copious amounts of waste and lack of sustainable practices in industry, and made the bold decision in 2018 to leave a lucrative FMCG role in the pursuit of a vocation more fulfilling, something that would literally make a difference to people and the planet... and thus Stay tray was born. Stay tray is all about reducing single use, all through the humble beverage tray. Stay tray is the very first, and only, reusable drink tray available in Australia, made from 100% recycled material.

Krista Watkins is a leader in agricultural innovation and entrepreneurship a company specialising in green banana and other horticultural waste produce products. Her interest in reducing waste and finding uses for unsaleable produce led to developing patented Nutro-Lock food processing technology, a technology which sustainably dries and mills fibrous material while locking in 20-50% higher nutrition. Watkins is also a founding partner in Evolution Industries a business which works with primary producers to create their own circular economy opportunities or direct to market strategies including brand building, marketing and exporting specialised products.

Nicole Garofano, a plastics researcher and PhD candidate is one of a select group of women who will be joining the eXXpedition round-the-world (RTW), an all-female sailing and scientific research voyage to explore plastics and toxins in our oceans.


Acclaimed inspirational speaker and behavioural economics expert Sonia Friedrich will deliver the keynote address, giving insight into the unconscious behaviours that cause shoppers to pick up a product. She will show how understanding how the brain works and applying this into packaging and design can change behaviour choice.

Sonia is renowned for her clarity and has created models that apply Nobel Prize-winning knowledge and experimental research in behavioural economics to shatter entrenched paradigms and transform industry.

Sonia believes the opportunity lies in sharing brain knowledge across departments, which will create a closer relationship between packaging, design and marketing and impact bottom line revenue outcomes.

TIME: 7.00am registration & coffee for a 7.30am (sharp) start. Event ends at 8.45am

DATE: 2 April

VENUE: Crown Promenade, Melbourne.

Everyone is welcome. The event is free of charge for AIP Australasian Packaging Conference delegates.

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