APPMA finished 2022 with an influx of new member companies in the October to December quarter, with companies eager to engage and utilise the various member benefits and services.

New members are Beckhoff Automation, Argon and Co, Packaging Solutions and Equipment, Optima Weightech, Process Partners, Tynic Automation, Linear Technik and Schutz Australia, bringing the total number of members to 155.

“I’d like to welcome these companies to the APPMA community; we look forward to working with them all in 2023,” CEO Michael Moran said.

“Record company memberships drawn from all sectors of the Australian processing and packaging industry represents further reassurance of strong industry support and an ideal springboard as APPMA launches APPEX 2024 (Australasian Processing and Packaging Expo) – one show, run by the industry for the industry, where returns and benefits are reinvested by APPMA to support the industry,” he said.

“With exhibitors and space allocations already exceeding the total of AUSPACK, we are very excited about what this event can and will deliver as the planning and development continues during 2023,” Moran said.

Member and industry events
APPMA will be curating and hosting several networking events this year. Additional events and activities are being planned which will be communicated and updated on the APPMA website as they are finalised.

Dates to diarise for scheduled member networking events include:

  • Sydney: 28 March
  • Brisbane: 27 June
  • Melbourne: 5 September
  • Adelaide: 14 November

APPMA will also be supporting and participating in industry alliance partner events, including Hort Connections Exhibition scheduled for May in Adelaide, and Modern Manufacturing Expo scheduled for September in Sydney

“Members can find all the event information on our website, via the Events Calendar. Specifics, including registration information, will be added closer to the date for each event. We look forward to seeing everyone at one or more of these events,” Moran said.

Food & Drink Business

Beston Global Food Company’s Lactoferrin capacity expansion has progressed forward with the commissioning and operation of a third extraction column. It anticipates Lactoferrin sales to surpass 10MT in the first half of FY24.

Woolworths’ partnership with OzHarvest will see the supermarket match every dollar donated by customers to the charity's Christmas appeal in store and online until 26 December.

Global food and beverage group Retail Food Group (RFG) has entered into a conditional SPA to acquire Queensland pie maker Beefy’s Pies for $10 million. Family-owned, Beefy’s opened its first store in 1997.