There's never a dull moment in the dynamic Australasian packaging industry, with M&A activity, leadership changes, and product innovation keeping our news desk busy all year long.

From Orora's booming growth over the financial year, to the Australian Government's pledge to make all packaging in the country reusable, compostable or recyclable by 2025, to needles in strawberries and plastic bags out of supermarkets, to the first ever Print21 + PKN LIVE joint event, 2018 was a rollercoaster of a year for the packaging industry... and PKN was there to cover all the news highlights.

See our review of the year that was in the latest issue of PKN magazine.

Food & Drink Business

Global metal packaging manufacturer Jamestrong opened a new $15 million, future-proofed, can making facility in Auckland last night, catering to the burgeoning infant formula market.

PepsiCo has spent $37m upgrading its Regency Park manufacturing facility in South Australia. Over the last three years, new technology has been installed and legacy equipment replaced to increase capacity and improve environmental performance.

With growth in the functional beverage space showing no slowing down, Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker takes a 
closer look at the sector.