• A riveting read: Mark Daws, director of Labels & Packaging ANZ at Currie Group, enjoys a copy of the PKN July-August issue, hot off the press.
    A riveting read: Mark Daws, director of Labels & Packaging ANZ at Currie Group, enjoys a copy of the PKN July-August issue, hot off the press.

PKN’s July-August issue is another bumper edition showcasing sustainability and innovation in Snacks & Convenience, Flexible Packaging, Digital Printing and Smart Factories, and featuring the gold winners in this year's prestigious Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA).

Hot off the press, the PKN Packaging News July-August 2021 issue is on its way to you in the mail, and available online in digital format for your convenience.

Starting with the cover story on page 32, where PKN takes a look at fast-growing craft brewery Little Bang, who has used HP Indigo variable data printing to give its beer cans presence on the shelves and personality in the eyes of the consumer. We speak to Ryan Davidson and Fil Kemp, who started Little Bang, and Mark Daws, director, Labels & Packaging ANZ at Currie Group, the supplier HP Indigo equipment, and Ian Sarney of label printer Peacock Bros., about the success of the recent partnership.

In the now regular feature of sustainability, the ANZPAC Plastics Pact makes its official debut, with backing from major supermarkets, a host of brand owners and suppliers (page 12); Colgate-Palmolive launches an Australian-first recyclable tube for its toothpaste (page 14); a new consumer insights report developed by APCO and Planet Ark reveals packaging labels are key to recycling right (page 16); and Vinpac and Orora partner to develop a lightweight sparkling wine bottle (page 17).

Next up, we focus on the latest developments in flexible packaging: Parkside Flexibles has rethought its packaging design to reduce food waste (page 20); Amcor has trialled the world's first recyclable PE-based blister pack (page 21); Apex Films is now registered to use the Australian Made and Owned logo, and is investing in new technology (page 22); and Innovia Films has launched a new BOPP film in its Propafilm range of transparent specialty packaging options (page 23).

In a special Factory Focus, we also look at the Martogg Group's Life Cycle Management (LCM) division, who is driving the change to a circular economy for plastics (page 35).

For the snacks & convenience feature, Paul Jenkins from ThePackHub shares insight into trends in the global snack packaging market post-Covid (page 36); Karen McKenzie crosses new frontiers in convenient packaging for the legalised cannabis trade (page 38); Zip-Pak observes the challenges brand owners face to balance the industry initiatives around waste with the call for convenience (page 40); LyondellBasell Australia commits to Operation Clean Sweep and calls on the plastics supply chain to join (page 41); Arnott's Group sets sustainability agenda with release of its formal Sustainability Statement (page 42); and PepsiCo becomes the first large FMCG business in Australia to move to 100 per cent recyclable packaging (page 42).

Over to pack & label printing, where Hungry Jack's has launched its biggest ever on-pack promotion delivered via smart packaging (page 44); PKN takes a closer look at digital finishing for packaging and asks Kurz Australia's Stephen Pratt to weigh in (page 46); Durst showcases the Tau RSC digital UV single pass inkjet label printer (page 48); Epson offers complete end-to-end label printing thanks to a partnership with GM (page 48); HP's Dscoop shows packaging is seen as a major growth opportunity by a panel of Australian printing industry leaders (page 50); Amcor invests in ePac for digital flexibles business (page 51); and the Label & Packaging Expo promotes its show that was destined for Melbourne at the time of going to print (but has since been postponed) (page 54).

Then to smart factories in packaging, where OFS raises concerns over the productivity of craft brewers and points to better data for more efficiency (page 56); PKN asks Universal Robots to break down how value can be unlocked from cobots (page 58); SMC says it is keeping its finger on the IIoT pulse (page 60); ABB launches a new flexible delta robot, which delivers faster and higher payloads (page 62); and Kuka Robotics Australia joins the Open IIoT initiative (page 63).

Finally, we take a deep dive into this year's Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDAs) and highlight the breadth and depth of innovation expertise in our region (page 24).


Rounding out the issue are our regular sections: Industry Insight, where the latest Smithers' analysis predicts demand for flexible packaging will continue to rise; The Bottom Line, where Paul Allen tells companies how to protect their blind side; and People In Packaging, where PKN spotlights the achievements of Nina Nguyen and Alan Adams.


Our regular Machinery Matters supplement, brought to you in partnership with APPMA, keeps you updated on the latest trends, technology and company news from the packaging and processing machinery sector. Member companies featured include ASC, Omron, Foodmach, KHS, Linpac, Fresh Fodder, Deloitte, HMPS. 

Enjoy the read.

Food & Drink Business

Meat & Livestock Australia has opened applications for its next round of the ambassadors for its Red Meat Industry program. The project is designed for producers and support role workers.

Rabobank has appointed Stefan Vogel as the general manager of RaboResearch, the Australian and New Zealand arm of its global food and agribusiness research division.

Preparations for the southern hemisphere’s leading processing and packaging trade event AUSPACK are well underway, with the expo being held in Melbourne from 17-20 May.