Food

Tapping into the latest food trend, provenance, free-range poultry producer The Free Ranger has launched new packaging and a marketing campaign dedicated to sharing the stories of its chickens.

A partnership between Detpak and Subway aims to remove 26 garbage trucks full of plastic from the environment each year through the design of a new fibre-based catering platter.

Mars Food & Nutrition Australia has collaborated with Wellman Packaging to evolve its MasterFoods squeezy sauce bottles towards a more sustainable future.

Rivalea, part of JBS Australia’s Pork Division, has been recognised as the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s 2023 Annual Industry Sector award winner in Agriculture and Nurseries for its sustainable packaging.

Major international and local equipment suppliers were behind the successful plant fitout for Beak & Johnston's new $110 million pastry and ready meals production facility. The company has installed technology from the likes of BVT, G Mondini, HMPS, JBT Corporation, Schubert, and Ulma.

Foodtech Packtech enjoyed a triumphant return in its first showing since Covid, with many Australian companies – including members of APPMA, the packaging and processing industry's peak organisation – crossing the ditch to support their business operations in New Zealand.

PKN national sales manager Sharon Amos was on the packaging beat at Foodtech Packtech in NZ this week, gathering information and images to allow the PKN team to compile part one of our report.

Meat processor MAP WA says the $35 million investment at its Bibra Lake facility has doubled its capacity and enabled the installation of the latest thermoforming technology from Multivac to reduce packaging waste.

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Jet Technologies is expanding its bag-in-box packaging offering and expertise, which it says is in response to double-digit growth in demand from Australian food and beverage companies.

SPC has partnered with Foodbank to supply pantry staples, producing 230,000 cans of spaghetti and tomatoes at the SPC Factory in Shepparton, with the support of supply partners Visy and Rinoldi.

In partnership with Navi Co Global, Australia’s largest fresh fruit company Costa has released a paper-based bunch bag for premium grapes.

Vegemite has revealed its 100th anniversary label designs, releasing three limited-edition jars as they roll off Bega’s production line in Port Melbourne.

SEE, formerly Sealed Air, and ExxonMobil are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind advanced recycling initiative for food-grade plastics in Australia.

Fruit producer Piñata Farms is using innovative Australian-designed Escavox technology to track the temperature and location of premium berries and mangoes along the supply chain, giving it valuable data for optimising delivery.

Food packaging exists for many reasons, but it no doubt plays a vital role in the sustainability of the food system. Avery Dennison's Cath Cornaggia looks at the challenges and opportunities faced.