• PKN Managing Editor & Publisher Lindy Hughson and Food & Drink Business Editor Kim Berry
    PKN Managing Editor & Publisher Lindy Hughson and Food & Drink Business Editor Kim Berry

In this episode, Lindy Hughson, managing editor and publisher of PKN Packaging News is joined by Kim Berry, editor of Food & Drink Business, to provide insight, analysis and commentary on the top news stories shaping change in Australia’s dynamic packaging industry in September.

The recording takes place while Kim is in Ireland for Combilift’s 25th anniversary, so we start by hearing Kim’s takeouts from this experience, and touch on Lindy’s visit this month to Pack Expo Las Vegas.

September was a busy month, and we kick off the main discussion by reviewing Orora’s acquisition of Saverglass, the $11bn merger of paper-based packaging giants Smurfit Kappa and WestRock, Kin Group's takeover bid for Pact Group, and Filton Packaging’s purchase of ACP to boost their flexible packaging offerings.

We also review recent plant expansions with Alepat Taylor’s installation of a new canning line, TricorBraun’s launch of their third Sydney facility, and the $35m upgrade for MAP WA’s meat processing operation. We explore the discussions surrounding the current state of the National Plastics Recycling Scheme, with a focus on the outcomes from the National Soft Plastics Summit hosted by the AFGC, before wrapping up with a look at the feedback from APCO’s nationwide industry engagement Town Hall sessions, where industry weighed in on mandated recycled content and EPR schemes.


From the factory floor: Combilift turns 25

Pack Expo 2023: What happened in Vegas

Orora raises Saverglass acquisition funding

New packaging giant: Smurfit Kappa, WestRock agree to US$11bn merger

Geminder launches bold takeover bid for Pact Group

Filton Packaging buys ACP to bolster flexibles offering

Melbourne co-packer Alepat Taylor installs new canning line

TricorBraun officially opens third Sydney facility

Multi-million upgrade for WA meat processor

National Soft Plastics Summit engages stakeholders

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MC: Grant McHerron
Host: Lindy Hughson
Producer: Steve Visscher
Editor: Chris Visscher

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Food & Drink Business

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