• Chris Foley, CEO of APCO.
    Chris Foley, CEO of APCO.

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation CEO Chris Foley, and head of government partnerships Peter Brisbane, will be visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide for APCO’s next roadshow for its members. The primary focus of this year's roadshow will be on the development of APCO’s 2030 Strategy.

The APCO 2030 Strategy will be submitted to environment ministers in the middle of the year. The National Packaging Targets have focused the way companies think about the packaging they place on the market, with design for reduction and recycling now high on the agenda.

APCO says that just a year out from the target date of 2025, the rates of recycling for key materials, particularly plastics, remain low. The 2030 Strategy aims to set out a bold new vision for Australia’s packaging system that closes the gaps on the National Packaging Targets.

The roadshow is a chance to meet with the APCO team, and have your say on the strategy.

APCO will be visiting the following cities:

Adelaide: 30 April | 9:30-11:30am ACST | In. Studio Café, 268 Pirie St

Perth: 2 May | 9:30-11:30am AWST | Mercure, Irwin Room, 10 Irwin St

Brisbane: 7 May | 9:30-11:30am AEST | Karstens, Level 24/215 Adelaide St

Melbourne: 9 May | 9:30-11:30am AEDT | Karstens, 123 Queen St

Sydney: 14 May | 9:30-11:30am AEDT | Karstens, 111 Harrington St

For those APCO members unable to attend, there will also be an online webinar on 14 May from 2:00-4:00pm AEDT.

You can register to attend the roadshow here.

Food & Drink Business

The federal government is in pre-budget mode with prime minister Anthony Albanese announcing a new wave of economic reform under the banner of the Future Made in Australia Act. Thin on detail but heavy on promise, Albanese says it's time for the government to step in and shore up the country for a more competitive global economic reality.

Lactalis will close its factory in Echuca, Victoria this year as it consolidates operations at its Bendigo site, where much of an $85 million investment will be spent.

In a move to provide working capital and pay down debt, Top Shelf International (TSI) has signed a $5 million sale and leaseback deal on its Eden Lassie agave farm with a company owned by non executive director, Stephen Grove.