The AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference is all about being Smart. Connected. Sustainable.’ – make sure that you are a part of it!

Over two days, a comprehensive program of international and national keynote speakers, industry leaders and innovators will present case studies, interactive Q&A sessions and keynote plenary sessions.

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Tuesday 26th March 2019


Tea & Coffee on arrival - networking


Welcome and introduction to the conference

APPMA, Mark Dingley, Chairman, The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association

Facilitator, Nigel Collin


Opening Keynote: Industry Outlook - Key Insights Driving the Future of Packaging for the FMCG Industry

Dr Michael Okoroafor, Vice President, Global Sustainability & Packaging Innovation, McCormick (USA)

In this keynote, thought leader Dr. Michael Okoroafor will share his insights on leveraging transformational packaging innovation and re-aligned supply chain to drive growth for the FMCG industry.

The presentation will address digital transformation and the power of e-commerce, and how it shapes the future of retail and on-demand marketplace. Plus, hear how sustainability imperatives will drive the circular economy and shape the future of innovation for FMCG companies.

The presentation will conclude by sharing examples of successful innovations that are transforming our industry and the society at large.

Session take outs:

  • Discover how the power of e-commerce is shaping the future of retail and consumer behaviour
  • Learn how global sustainability imperatives will drive the circular economy and shape the viability of FMCG companies
  • Hear examples of successful innovations that are transforming our industry and the society at large.


Keynote: Finding sustainable solutions - the value of industry collaboration


Morning Tea - Networking

Stream One - Packaging and Processing

Stream Two - Business Growth


Panel: What's good for the planet is good for business - exploring the opportunities arising from the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target


Craig Reucassel, Writer and Presenter of ABC’s ‘War on Waste’ and ‘The Chaser’


Steve Lapidge, CEO, Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre

Brooke Donnelly, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

The 2025 National Packaging Waste Target is presenting industry with one of the biggest challenges of our time. Recognising that in every challenge lies an opportunity, this session will focus on how the processing and packaging industry has the potential to be a leader on this issue, plus, the implications and the importance of collaboration. We are delighted to have speaker, writer and comedian Craig Reucassel from ABC’s “War on Waste” and ” The Chaser” chair an industry panel and Q& A session that will ensure a lively discussion and thought-provoking debate.

Topics covered:

  • The role of packaging in minimising food waste.
  • Implications for industry and consumers of The 2025 National Packaging Waste Target.
  • The innovations arising from the move away from single use packaging and the reduction of food waste.
  • The potential of the Circular Food Economy.

More panellists to be announced shortly!

Panel: How is e-commerce shaking up the supply chain?

Amanda Green, Director for E-commerce, L’Oreal Australia

Changing purchasing habits as a result of the growth in online shopping has given rise to packaging and supply chain challenges. This panel discussion and Q&A session will bring together some of Australia’s leaders in the e-commerce field to discuss:

  • E-commerce friendly packaging
  • Safe Product delivery
  • Cost effective shipping
  • Sustainability and innovation
  • Unique supply chain logistics
  • Positive customer experience
  • New technologies



Case Study: Sustainable Solutions in Practice

Following on from the discussion on how to achieve sustainability in packaging and processing, what does this look like in practice? Hear from the innovators and changemakers.

Case Study: E-commerce innovation


Lunch - Networking

Stream One - Packaging and Processing

Stream Two - Business Growth


Keynote: Smart Packaging - How can packaging be part of the sustainability solution?

Andrew Manly, Communications Director,  Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association

Active & Intelligent Packaging has now reached a critical phase of development. Brand Owners no longer need convincing that there is ‘something to it’ and that the technologies work. But the next milestone for A&IP practitioners is to show the real benefits of these solutions in the value chain. The session will also cover the latest advances in manufacturing and design to provide scalable and low cost production as well as components that can be integrated into existing graphics and established Brand images. Finally some of the latest A&IP trends, such as Augmented Reality, will be reviewed.

Keynote: The Future Consumer - it's not just about Millennials

Shelley McMillanAssociate Director, Consulting ANZ, Mintel

Most conversations on the consumer of the future focus on millennials and Generation Z. Many industries are realising that they also need to respond to the needs of an aging consumer base by adapting or segmenting their products and packaging through customisation. This session will discuss current research, trends and predictions but most importantly, what does the industry need to consider?


Smart Packaging - Technology in Practice

Case Study: Keeping up with the Customers - Customer Driven Innovation

Angeline Achariya, CEO, Monash Food Innovation Centre


Case Study: Smart Packaging Innovation

Panel: The rise of the Mindful Consumer - Consumer demands driving change in packaging and processing

How do I reduce waste? Where does it come from? Is it safe? How was it made? Is it kind to the environment? These are the questions an increasing number of consumers are asking during the purchasing process. This panel discussion and Q&A session lead by Lindy Hughson from PKN magazine will address the impact of the mindful consumer and what this means for the packaging and processing industry.

Panel Facilitator:

Lindy Hughson, Publisher, Yaffa Media


Shelley McMillan MintelAssociate Director ,Consulting ANZ, Mintel

More panellists to be confirmed.


Afternoon Tea - Networking

15:00 - 16:00

Keynote: Meeting the Energy Challenge

The high cost and uncertainty around reliable energy sources has become a significant issue for the manufacturing sector in Australia. The absence of political leadership on the issue in Australia has meant that increasingly industry is creating their own solutions. This session and following panel discuss will discuss how the energy challenge is currently being met, who is leading the way with innovation and the importance of a collaborative mindset.


Keynote: Meeting the Energy Challenge - Security, reliability, accessibility


Sam Staples, Market Development Manager, Australian Energy Storage Alliance


Aylin Cunsolo, Special Counsel, Baker McKenzie

How can industry secure their own sustainable and reliable energy future?  Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), which establish fixed energy pricing from renewable resources, may be the answer.  An expert panel representing the innovators, brokers, government, industry and energy providers will discuss the drivers behind commercial PPAs,  how to navigate the legal process, the potential benefits and risks.

Session take outs:

  • Long-term financial benefits of commercial PPA’s
  • Potential risks and how these can be minimized
  • The motivational drivers behind commercial PPA’s
  • PPA accounting
  • Navigating the legal process
  • Benefits of assets incorporating Energy Storage



Closing Day One


Networking Drinks - Exhibition Floor

Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (the Organisers) reserves the right to alter key note speakers, session presenters or the conference program timetable and delivery without notice due to unforeseen reasons. Neither Exhibitions & Trade Fairs nor the Conference Program Manager accept any liability for any loss or inconvenience caused to any attending delegate under such changes.