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In a move hailed as a circular economy game changer and praised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Planet Ark, Nestlé has announced it will invest AU$3bn (CHF2bn) to shift from virgin plastic to food-grade recycled plastics.

Packaging and print businesses impacted by the fires will be able to claim a tax-free grant of up to $50,000 in a new initiative from the federal government.

Pact Group will divest its Contract Manufacturing division, in a move which CEO Sanjay Dayal says will simplify its portfolio and sharpen its focus on the core packaging business.

Joe Foster of O.F Pack has been recognised with an international Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award for this year’s WorldStars.

Convenience and personal control will be the biggest consumer trends of 2020, according to Euromonitor International's latest report. It suggests while consumers aim to strike a balance between the two, brands must balance trust, security and delivering products that add value.

Visy is reportedly squaring off against two private equity firms in the battle for Owens-Illinois (OI)’s Australian and New Zealand assets.

PKN and stablemate Food & Drink Business will be hosting our third Women in Packaging Breakfast Forum, in partnership with AIP, during the Australasian Packaging Conference 2020, on 2 April at Crown Promenade in Melbourne.

Packaging and food businesses are making big donations to bushfire relief, with Visy’s Anthony Pratt; Tetra Laval; Foodmach; Coca-Cola Amatil; and supermarkets Coles and Woolworths among those supporting the cause.

Four entries from Australia and New Zealand have been named finalists in special categories at the WorldStar awards for 2020.

Health and the environment are converging as top concerns for consumers, with almost 60 per cent of consumers believing their health and well-being are strongly affected by environmental problems, according to a new study from Tetra Pak.

The Australian Institute of Packaging has had another successful year of its annual Foodbank Hamper Packing Day, packing 10,000 hampers for those in need and raising a million dollars in donations and funds.

Marian O'Leary of Melbourne-based packaging company RollsPack has been named Young Achiever 2019 at the Mebourne Business Awards – South East Region.

The 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards winners have been announced, with eleven Australian and New Zealand companies to be recognised for packaging innovation across six categories at a gala ceremony during interpack 2020.

The November/December issue of PKN is out now, featuring a look back at the highlights of 2019 and including our exclusive Machinery Matters supplement.

Spicers is buying rival merchant Direct Paper as part of its strategy to move into new areas, with the deal giving it an increased presence in packaging papers and boards.