Australian industry events are falling like dominoes as the coronavirus pandemic gallops through our communities. The latest casualty is foodpro 2020, scheduled for 5-8 July and now postoned to 2021, with no fixed date as yet.

Any business with a turnover of up to $500m can take advantage of the government's new $150,000 instant asset write down on newly purchased plant and equipment, but they must do so by the end of June.

The AIP Australasian Packaging Conference 2020 and surrounding events, including the PKN Women in Packaging Breakfast, has been called off in line with current coronavirus health measures. New dates will be announced imminently.

The much awaited and inevitable decision has been taken to postpone packaging and processing megashow interpack 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. New dates have been set for 2021.

Trevor Evans, the Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environment Management, and seven members of the APCO Collective Action Group have been confirmed as speakers at the 2020 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference.

Natural Evolution managing director and co-founder Krista Watkins has been named Queensland’s latest #eatqld Champion for her support of Queensland produce and agricultural innovation. Watkins will join the panel at the upcoming Women in Packaging breakfast forum on 2 April.

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) CEO Brooke Donnelly told a gathering of industry leaders at this week’s ANZPAC Plastics Pact workshop that now is the time for action. “This is not a talkfest,” she said.

Kate Stewart, Nicole Garofano and Krista Watkins have this in common: Passion and purpose are their guiding principles, and they'll be sharing their insights at the upcoming Women in Packaging breakfast forum in Melbourne on 2 April.

Industry leaders gathered in Canberra at the National Plastics Summit to find new solutions to the challenge of plastic waste and prompt action from governments, industry, and NGOs.

LJM is expanding into New Zealand, forming a joint venture with brand activation specialist Hoop. LJM said the venture was to become the “go-to service provider for all co-packing requirements in the New Zealand market”.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said today it does not oppose Orora’s sale of its Australasian fibre business to Nippon Paper subsidiary Australian Paper.

Australian company Aldus has acquired foilmaker API Foils Europe (excluding its Dutch and Asian subsidiaries), creating a new company, API Foilmakers.

Yoghurt business The Collective is introducing recycled plastic (rPET) across its packaging as part of a company-wide sustainability effort to reduce its environmental impact. It also features a specially designed recycling icon on its label.

Pact Group saw its profits nudge upwards in the first half of FY 2020 on the back of stronger offshore margins, as sales slipped from decreased contract packaging work.

After 20 years of working across large companies in the UK and Australia industry identity Liza Vernalls has launched her own package development consultancy, LV Consulting.