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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

A collaboration between O-I Glass, the Australian Beverage Council, brand agency Voice, and Monash University has created a new glass beverage packaging solution. Emma & Tom's will use the bottle for a new premium juice range aimed at the export market.

A trio of University of Sydney graduate students has found a way to produce biodegradable packaging from crustacean skeletons.

Australian organic winemaker Fourth Wave has partnered with Denomination for its latest range of lighter-style wines, Tread Softly.