The Jan/Feb issue of PKN is out now, featuring the packaging trends to look out for in 2020, and including our exclusive Machinery Matters supplement.

The latest issue is on its way to subscribers in the mail, but if you can't wait, the digital version is available here.

On the cover, automation and integration specialist Foodmach has launched a new line of Robomatrix case packers, and CEO Earle Roberts provides pointers on Industry 4.0 integration in our feature on page 46.

In ‘Industry’s 2020 vision’ starting on page 10, a panel of experts weighs in on what the future holds for Australian manufacturers and suppliers. And for FMCG packaging in particular, we talk trends with TetraPak Oceania MD Andrew Pooch in 'The big paradox of consumer preference' (page 32).

Plastic is once again in the spotlight in this issue. In our Sustainability section on page 14 we take a look at APCO’s plans around plastics for meeting the 2025 National Packaging Targets. Meanwhile, the anti-plastic sentiment might be creating impetus for growth in biobased materials for packaging, as Des King writes in ‘Green Expectations’ – his report on the latest European bioplastics conference, starting on page 42.

We also speak to Kate Bezar, co-founder of The Better Packaging Co, who has developed a range of compostable, biodegradable, and recyclable packaging for e-commerce. (See page 45).

Packaging’s role in preventing food waste is another focus, and in the AIP’s Tech Speak column (page 16), Nerida Kelton outlines the importance of adjusting date labelling communication systems (Best Before and Use By dates) to prevent food wastage.
In People in Packaging (page 21), we talk to Richard Fine, founder of Australian-based sustainable and renewable packaging manufacturer BioPak, the recent recipient of APCO’s Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership award.
Other special features and regulars include Active & Intelligent Packaging (page 38), Industry 4.0 (page 46) – plus don’t miss our special Machinery Matters supplement produced in partnership with APPMA .

And of course, we have the latest news, design case studies, new products and more – all available in a click.

Food & Drink Business

Woolworths Group’s commitment to Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2030 has been endorsed by the UN-backed Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Following its supermarket debut in Drakes stores in August, v2food has now expanded its product range to consumers, striking a deal with Woolworths to roll out in 600 stores nationwide.

Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirit Co. secured $16 million in growth capital from its completed seed round funding, the most material investment on record for the category.