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The AIP Australasian Packaging Conference and the PKN and Food & Drink Business Women in Packaging Breakfast scheduled for early April in Melbourne has been called off in line with coronavirus-related health measures. New dates will be announced imminently.

The AIP Board has decided that under these current circumstances, to ensure the safety of its members, the 2020 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference and all surrounding events, scheduled for 1-2 April, will be postponed until later in the year. This includes the PIDA Awards presentation dinner as well as the PKN and Food & Drink Business Women in Packaging Breakfast.

"This decision follows the federal government announcement on the weekend that is requesting social distancing, non-essential travel, advising against non-essential gatherings and 14 day self-isolation of all visitors to this country from all over the world," Carol Kilkullen-Lawrence, AIP national president said.

Lindy Hughson, publisher of PKN and Food & Drink Business, said: "We are in full support of the decision and will work with AIP to ensure we have a successful Women in Packaging Breakfast at a future date. Our priority is ensuring the safety of all delegates."

The AIP said that further information will be provided as soon as possible on the AIP Annual General Meeting and the announcement of the winners of the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design Awards.

"To our speakers, sponsors and delegates we will be contacting you all individually and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the details," AIP executive director Nerida Kelton said.

Should you have any questions please contact the AIP Australasian Office on 07 3278 4490 or email info@aipack.com.au.

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