Melbourne-based packaging technology company Packform has won two Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for most innovative startup in the technology and business services categories.

Diageo partnered with Pilot Lite to launch Pulpex Limited – a sustainable packaging technology company – and will release the first 100 per cent plastic free, paper-based spirits bottle.

The boutique food and beverage market is growing fast, with opportunities, and competition, abounding. Innovative digital labels and packaging can create the consumer engagement brands crave, deliver product authentication, and help drive strong sales.

The global packaging market size during the Covid-19 pandemic is projected to grow from US$909.2bn to US$1trn by 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 5.5 per cent.

Australian clean-tech startup, Seabin Project, is taking its next big step towards eliminating plastics in our waterways with the launch of a self-funded 12-month City Pilot in Sydney Harbour this week.

The Australian government is committing $190m to a new recycling modernisation fund that is to generate $600m in recycling investment and divert more than 10 million tonnes of waste from landfill.

KHS Group has introduced a new technology that uses its Innopack Kisters tray packers to wrap cans of food and beverages in paper instead of film or cardboard.

Amcor is donating one million of its Ultra and Bop sterilisation pouches to hospitals in Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine through its Covid-19 Community Program.

Detpak Cartons took out three Gold awards at the Print Industry Creativity Awards, topping the state in the number of Golds achieved, and winning the most Golds by any single packaging or label printer.

The Boomerang Alliance has called on all state jurisdictions to introduce bans on certain single-use plastic takeaway items before the end of 2021 to help combat plastic pollution.

APCO has announced a schedule of priority projects for the coming financial year. The list was developed to drive targeted progress towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

Packaging automation integrator Foodmach has appointed Chris Yule as national sales manager. He now leads a team of six sales and technical support engineers.

QLM Label Makers has opened a new Australian production centre. Clients, suppliers, and government ministers are lining up to wish the business well in a virtual event live-streamed to invited guests.

Unilever ANZ announced a range of measures aimed at fighting climate change, including a new partnership with the WWF and switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity.

ASX-listed packaging giant Orora is passing on $600m to its shareholders after selling its Australasian fibre business to Nippon Paper for $1.7bn in a deal finalised last month.

Planet Protector Packaging founder Joanne Howarth has won the Cartier Women’s Initiative for the South Asia and Oceania region, making her the first Australian winner since the launch of the global initiative in 2006.