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Sydney brewer 4 Pines has embarked on a high growth phase following its acquisition in September by global alcohol giant, AB InBev.

The capital injection has enabled 4 Pines to expand its operations, starting with an upgrade to its Brookvale brewery in order to increase production by up to 50 per cent.

Ensuring its facility met environmental requirements was essential, however the available space provided a challenge for wastewater treatment: there was only a small 15m2 footprint available... and the area was next to the public bar where food and beer is served.

Here's the story of how the brewer overcame these challenges, with help from wastewater treatment company Aerofloat.

Packaging News

It's been a long time coming, the evolution of AUSPACK into an ell-encompassing trade show for packaging and processing, truly reflective of the industry represented by show owner the APPMA. And last night at the APPMA Gala Dinner during AUSPACK, the APPEX show was launched.

The APPMA Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner was attended by 450 packaging and processing industry professionals, who gathered for the industry's night of nights to recognise this year's winners: Foodmach, Fibre King, GS1, Packsize, Trimatt Systems and Laco Automation were victorious, with emerging leaders from HMPS and Rhima also recognised.

On the Matthews Australasia stand at AUSPACK today, CEO Mark Dingley announced the company's new strategic partnership with FreshChain Systems, enabling end-to-end fresh food traceability from farm to fork.