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PKN’s latest issue for 2024 is hitting desks, full of news and in-depth features, including our comprehensive coverage of the inaugural Women in Packaging Awards and its finalists, as well as the latest developments in Innovation & Design, Sustainable Materials, Pack & Label Printing, and Cosmetic Packaging.

Hot off the press, the PKN Packaging News May-June 2024 issue is on its way to you in the mail and available online for your convenience.

We start with our in-depth Women in Packaging Awards special (page 42). In the first year of PKN’s Awards programme, industry has stepped up with meaning. The response has been phenomenal, and the judges had their work cut out for them selecting a set of finalists from a competitive field of high-calibre nominees.

FEATURES

In our Cover Story, Melbourne specialty coffee roaster, Ranges Coffee, has installed an award-winning packaging print machine from Trimatt Systems and is applying its in-house, short run, on-demand capabilities to provide customised coffee bags to contract roasting customers (page 18).

In Innovation & Design, we see a collaboration between Ball & Doggett, Studio Guild and Labelhouse lead to the creation of a set of premium spirit labels that speak to the themes of luxury, innovation, and sustainability (page 20).

Then in Sustainable Materials, we speak to Nextloopp’s Prof Edward Kosior and MCC Verstraete’s Stijn Quintyn about an innovative PP lidding film to replace foil lidding that could boost PP containers’ recyclability (page 22); Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific's Richard Smith discusses the opportunity for circularity of flexible packaging in Australia (page 24); we take a closer look at the program driving paper cup recycling and reuse in Australia (page 26); Biogone’s Dr Ross Headifen shares his views on the potential of landfill biodegradable technology to manage plastic waste (page 28); and Avery Dennison explores how linerless labels can benefit the quick-service restaurant sector (page 30).

Over to Pack & Label Printing, where we find out more about GSI and Matthews’ new technology for the creation of high-resolution graphics on corrugated and films (page 31); HP Industrial Print Organisation’s Haim Levit provides his insights on trends in the labels and packaging sector (page 32); and Currie Group celebrates 75 years (page 34).

And finally, in Cosmetic Packaging, we speak to Quadpack about the versatility of wood as a responsible option for beauty packaging (page 36) and we highlight the company’s inspiring collection of finishes to support the latest beauty (page 37); and take a closer look at how Mecca Australia has extended its free in-store recycling program with TerraCycle to include glass perfume and fragrance bottles (page 38).

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

Rounding out the issue are our regular sections: Industry Insight, where Smithers’ John Nelson gives an update on the global sales of metal packaging (page 16); and in keeping with the trend towards metal packaging for soft drinks, Rippl Water becomes the latest Aussie brand to package water in aluminium cans (page 17). Tech Speak sees AIP’s Nerida Kelton share her experience representing the WPO at the Hungarian Association of Packaging & Materials Handling conference (page 40); and we highlight the upcoming industry events to mark on your calendar in What’s On (page 58).

In the News: TricorBraun buys Aussie packaging distributors UniquePak and Alplas (page 6); BioPak acquires reusable cup enterprise Huskee (page 6); Pact’s milk bottle recycling wins circular economy award (page 7); PakTech starts local manufacture (page 8); Industry welcomes return of China wine trade (page 8); Smurfit Kappa and WestRock join forces (page 9); The HIVE Awards’ Best Packaging goes to Don Smallgoods (page 10); Qenos in VA with Botany plant shutdown confirmed (page 12); new APCO report maps flow of packaging in Australia (page 13); and Cleanaway and Viva are set to test feasibility of circular soft plastics (page 14).

AND THE CHERRY ON TOP…

Our regular Machinery Matters supplement, brought to you in partnership with APPMA, keeps you updated on the latest trends, technology and company news from the packaging and processing machinery sector.

Companies and organisations featured include: PMMI, Rockwell Automation, Axelent, SMC Corporation, Propak Industries, AIPIA, Result Group, Matthews, GS1, Systech, Markem-Imaje, Antares Vision, Veracity Protocol, Blasta Brewing and Krones.

Enjoy the read.

Food & Drink Business

New Zealand grower-owned co-operative, Market Gardeners Limited, trading as the MG Group has sold its 70 per cent stake in Premier Fresh Australia to its Australian long-term business partners.

The 2024 National Food Waste Summit is underway, with more than 300 delegates hearing international and local leaders in the field provide updates on projects underway, overseas models and mindsets, and the challenges and triumphs of Australia’s commitment to halving food waste by 2030.

Auckland-based Scentian Bio has been awarded $10,000 in a food value chain pitch competition at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual expo in Chicago.