Tuesday 26th March 2019

08.30 - 09.00

Tea & Coffee on arrival - networking

09.00 - 09.10

APPMA Chairman and Minister Welcome Address

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

The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change

Conference MC, 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.


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’


Dr Steve Lapidge, CEO, Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre

Brooke Donnelly, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

Paul Klymenko, CEO, Planet Ark

Caitlyn Richards, Responsible Sourcing Manager – Sustainable Products and Packaging, Coles

The 2025 National Packaging Waste Target is presenting the 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.

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Morning Tea - Networking

Stream One - Processing and Packaging

Stream Two - Business Growth


Towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets

Brooke Donnelly, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

Key to the success of achieving the 2025 National Packaging Targets will be the willingness of all stakeholders to develop a collective, consistent and proactive approach to information sharing and problem solving within the packaging ecosystem. The challenge ahead of us requires a complete transformation of the current system.

Packaging waste is currently a poorly characterised waste stream in Australia and the materials from packaging – post-consumer glass, paper, metal and plastic – also have a very low rate of recovery for manufacturing new products, or for energy generation.

Brooke Donnelly’s presentation will discuss the outcomes from a recently released material flows analysis that characterises the waste material flows through the Australian waste packaging system, from consumption through to reprocessing. The presentation will also cover a range of potential strategies across the value chain to improve recovery of packaging.

Innovative packaging and processing solutions driven by the growth in e-commerce: The ABBE Corrugated

Richard Whetton, Head of Distribution and Logistics Operations,

When e-commerce organisation set out to purchase new packaging system, productivity and efficiency were key considerations. The company processes over 10,000 orders each day, from its distribution centre that holds over 40,000 products ranging from beauty items to grocery goods. During the Christmas rush, the operation can process as many as 17,000 orders in a single day. Working in collaboration with ABBE Corrugated, the on-demand CartonWrap packaging machine from Italian machine manufacturer CMC Machinery was recommended. ABBE Corrugated was able to drive efficiency, reduce waste and improve productivity with a customised solution that was able to adapt to the rapidly changing, customer driven e-commerce environment.


Compostable Packaging - A Viable Alternative

Steve McCormick, General Manager and Director, Parkside Flexibles Malaysia

Driven by huge media attention governments around the globe governments have woken up to the impact of plastics on the environment. Whilst plastics have a role in this world the disposal of such has a huge impact on land and sea. This presentation aims to determine the viability of using compostable materials as a replacement for plastics with regards to barrier, product safety, and disposal in land and sea. In addition it aims to educate on the requirements that ensure the composite materials have passed all tests deemed necessary to ensure their safety when disposed of.

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

Panel Facilitator: Dick Heintz, Director, Market Knowledge 


Amanda Green, E-Commerce Expert

Helen Souness, CEO, RMIT Online

Liza Nelson, Regional Account Manager, Systech

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

12.30- 13.30

Lunch - Networking

Stream One - Processing and Packaging

Stream Two - Business Growth


Keynote: Changing the message. Not what can A&IP do, but what it can do for YOU!

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

Jane Barnett, Head of Insights, South APAC, Mintel

Seniors are a vast group of individuals with a wide range of not just needs, but interests too. This is a challenging position for brands trying to target seniors who don’t want to be “categorised” as old but who do have special needs. This session will discuss the diverse segments that make up this demographic as well as trends and opportunities for the industry.


Smart Packaging - Technology in Practice- Vacuum packed red meat: real-time management of shelf life in the supply chain

Dr Ian Jenson, Program Manager Market Access Science & Technology, Meat & Livestock Australia 

Vacuum packed, chilled, red meat has a long shelf life in supply chains – as long as the temperature is controlled. But how much is shelf life affected by the temperature fluctuations experienced between processor and customer? MLA, in conjunction with the University of Tasmania, has developed a predictive model for vacuum packed beef and sheep meats.

This model is now being used, with near to real time collection of temperature data, to predict and manage customer experience of red meat products. Possibilities are also being explored to produce a visual sensor that will indicate that shelf life is near its end. Not only will these approaches ensure a great consumer experience, it will also avoid product waste through the application of arbitrary shelf life or discarding product with a doubtful history.

Winning the hearts and minds of the Future Consumer

Angeline Achariya, CEO, Monash Food Innovation Centre

We are now in a time of not disruption but high velocity change. With Millenials now our biggest consumer group globally, the Gen Z wave is making impact that will change the future of how these generations shop and consume. The key question is how do consumer goods businesses navigate through not only the generations but find the next growth opportunity.

This presentation will discuss the intersection of personalised nutrition, wellness, health and digitisation by looking through the generational shifts and more importantly show how businesses can design and develop new products that delight as we ride the wave of change.


Bottling the next frontier of packaging innovation

Ben Culligan, Marketing Director ANZ, Treasury Wine Estate

How Treasury Wine Estates used technology to hack the wine aisle and re-write the rules of wine packaging.

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 led 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


Jane Barnett, Head of Insights, South APAC, Mintel

Doug McNicholl, Manager – Supply Chain Sustainability Innovation, Meat & Livestock Australia

Angeline Achariya, CEO Monash Food Innovation Centre

Armando Bompane, General Manager, MultiVac Australia


Afternoon Tea - Networking

15.30 - 16.00

Keynote: Meeting the Energy Challenge

Brett Wiskar, Chief Future Officer, Wiley

Growing costs and uncertainty around reliable energy sources is a significant issue for the manufacturing sector in Australia. Society is taking a keen interest in how power is generated and consumed and policy frameworks are changing. The rise of renewables is everywhere and for our industries to be sustainable (environmentally and economically) they must seek to embrace the opportunity and rise to these new challenges.

This session will focus on how the manufacturing sector can capitalise on new technologies and opportunities in a volatile energy market to empower a bright future. By developing a sound energy strategy and embracing sustainable and collaborative approaches to energy solutions our industries can achieve independence from the market, control costs and build more resilient business.


Panel: Meeting the Energy Challenge - the long-term financial benefits of commercial Power Purchase Agreements

Facilitator: Sam Staples, Market Development Manager, Australian Energy Storage Alliance


Aylin Cunsolo, Special Counsel, Baker McKenzie

Andrew Hyland, Executive Manager Commercial and Wholesale Markets, Pacific Hydro

Jackie McKeon, Project Director, Business Renewables Centre – Australia 

Brett Wiskar, Chief Future Officer, Wiley

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.


Closing Day One

17.00- 19.30

Networking Drinks - Exhibition Floor

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