Submissions are open for the tenth annual APPMA Scholarship program, which will enable one packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology through the Austarlian Institute of Packaging to the value of $9,000.

The scholarship, won last year by Nathan Leong of Primo Smallgoods (pictured above left with Mark Dingley, APPMA chair), is useful for those with backgrounds in technical, sales/marketing, QA, purchasing, engineering or design, said Nerida Kelton, executive director of the AIP.

“Completion of the Diploma in Packaging Technology demonstrates your commitment to your career and to the industry,” said Kelton. “Delegates who successfully complete the Diploma are equipping themselves for senior positions within the packaging industry.”

Submissions for the scholarship will close on 22 February, with the winner to be announced on 27 March at the APPMA 2019 Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner as part of AUSPACK 2019.

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Food & Drink Business

Queensland’s Food Technology and Manufacturing Exhibition returns to Brisbane this month! The triennial FoodTech Qld expo is on 28-30 July 2019 (Sunday to Tuesday) at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. This year’s theme is “Creating new lines in manufacturing” and aims to deliver nothing less.

Findings from a study of more than 100,000 people over nine years suggests that reducing sugary drinks may reduce cancer risk.

Drought-tolerant grape varieties from Cyprus will soon be trialled for suitability in Australian conditions, with researchers from the University of Adelaide hoping the vines will be able to grow “with minimal to no irrigation”.