Perth-based manufacturer of fibre-based linear-formed composite packs, Zipform Packaging, is investing in a new composite pack manufacturing line in Melbourne.

Labelmakers Group and Huhtamaki have teamed up for a joint recycling initiative in Victoria that will see recovered label production waste used as feedstock for Australian-made fibre-based egg cartons.

The dairy industry has come out in strong support of a new $38m plastic recycling facility in Laverton, which will pave the way for increased use of recycled HDPE in milk bottles and other food packaging.

Winemaker Hentley Farm and wine tech company Cellr have developed a label that allows customers to experience the winery’s The Creation project.

Planet Protector Packaging has achieved top honours in the WEConnect International Rise to the Challenge awards for its flagship Woolpack product and added nine new companies to its client list.

Diageo’s pre-mix range UDL has unveiled a redesign for its fruity flavours range, which comes in a 6-pack and new mixed 10-pack offering, with a bright retro design.

The 2021 Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) was presented via a virtual ceremony over two days, with the company awards announced for the Food and Beverage categories.

A cloud-based printing tool to improve coding and labelling for fresh produce has been released by Matthews. The iDSnet Cloud software is free that generates and prints carton, crate and SSCC labels.

Hungry Jack's has launched its biggest on-pack promotion – UNO at Hungry Jack's – delivered by a cross-industry collaboration between the fast food chain, Result Group, TLC Marketing, Multi-color Corporation and Detpak.

Fresh Fodder, boutique producer of hand-crafted dips, has recently tripled its productivity rates with the help of the Ilpra FS2500 Rotary Cup Filler, which is part of Jet Technologies’ packaging and lidding range.

Grinders Coffee is now offering a range of industrially compostable capsules for its coffee as it helps combat the challenges of collection and processing when it comes to coffee capsule recycling.

Johnnie Walker has launched The Next Steps initiative, which is a wide-ranging action plan that will see the whisky maker become more “sustainable by design from grain to glass”.

At an event in Sydney this week, industry and academia involved in the smart sensing project for HDPE recycling shared progress and key findings of the NSW government backed initiative.

Grounded Packaging has launched a recyclable and carbon-negative sugarcane-based flexible pouch, which it says offers food manufacturers the same high-barrier functionality as plastic.

Apart from the massive strides Nestle's KitKat brand has made in working towards a circular economy model for packaging, it has also pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025.

Entries for the 2021 Australasian Packaging Innovation and Design Awards (PIDA) for Australia and New Zealand close today (5 March).