Winner of the Large Retailer Industry Sector award in this year's APCO Awards is Officeworks Ltd, with outstanding results reflected in its APCO Annual Report.

Officeworks has integrated the 2025 National Packaging Targets into its Sustainable Packaging Policy, which prioritises circular design among other sustainability principles.

This reporting period, the team has included either recycled or renewable content within 98 per cent of all packaging and labelled nearly 60 per cent with the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL).

The company supported this through developing a Sustainable Packaging Roadmap and Dashboard and reviewing nearly three thousand packaging SKUs against the Sustainable Packaging Guideline. As a result, Officeworks redesigned larger packaging formats to remove polystyrene and achieve optimisation across nearly 40 per cent of all packaging products.

Additionally, already committed to diverting at least 90 per cent of all waste from landfill by 2020, 2019 saw Officeworks successfully divert 84 per cent of operational waste from landfill and actively engage both suppliers and customers around the importance of packaging sustainability and waste diversion.

Food & Drink Business

Asahi Beverages has appointed Nigel Parsons as the new CEO of Asahi Lifestyle Beverages. He will join the company on 1 March 2021.

A research project commissioned by sustainable tech company iugis found businesses don’t fully grasp the scale of the food waste problem, or how it relates to the climate emergency.

Cobram Estate has been awarded one of the best oils in the world by the International Olive Council. Its Black Label Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded the best oil in the Southern Hemisphere.