PMA A-NZ Packaging & Waste in Fresh Produce Seminar

PMA A-NZ will be hosting a Packaging & Waste in Fresh Produce Seminar on 23rd July in Auckland. We recently delivered a Sustainable Packaging seminar held in March (Sydney) and participated in a Future Consumer Now session with Ernst & Young and we’ve found that the conversation around sustainability in fresh produce is evolving, particularly at the consumer end of the supply chain. 

Bringing together a number of leaders in fresh produce packaging, the seminar will focus on the efforts being made to move towards more sustainable packaging and reduced food waste in New Zealand.  It will provide attendees with an insight into the technology reducing food waste within the supply chain and the packaging trends which will see us move towards greater sustainability in the fresh produce industry.

The seminar will run from 10:45am to 1:00pm, including lunch, providing an opportunity to network and discuss the insights from the day.

Date: Tuesday 23 July
Time: 10:45am – 12.45pm
Venue: Chancery Chambers, 2/8 Chancery St, Auckland
Cost: PMA A-NZ Members – Free, Non-Members - $30


10.45am-10.50am PMA A-NZ Welcome and Introduction

10.50am-11.10am Packaging and Waste 2019 - How did we get here?

11.10am-11.50pm Panel Session - Making the move to more sustainable packaging and the key industry trends

- Jerry Prendegast, United Fresh

- Richard Fine, BioPak

- Jamie Sunam, Jenkins Fresh Pack Systems

11.50pm-12.45pm Networking and Lunch



Jerry PrendergastPresident of United Fresh New Zealand Inc.


After developing and owning a group of produce retail stores, Jerry joined MG Marketing in 2001 primarily as brand development manager for the Dole brand. He was later appointed the national key account and brand development manager role in 2011. Jerry had been on the United Fresh Executive Committee for many years, in 2016 he was elected President.

Richard FineFounder, Product Development & Sustainability Director of BioPak


Richard is a second generation packaging professional, he was involved in the family plastic molding business from a young age. After reading the book “Cradle to Cradle - remaking the way we make things”  Richard  was inspired to use his knowledge of the plastics industry in order to address the growing problem of plastic pollution. In 2006 he founded BioPak, a company with a mission to replace single use plastic disposable packaging with more sustainable alternatives.

Today BioPak is the leading supplier in Australia and New Zealand of compostable single use disposable packaging, the business is currently expanding operations into Europe the UK and Singapore.

Richard was a founding member of the Australasian Bioplastics association and is a member of the marketing committee. He also is actively involved in a number of industry working groups focused on developing policy and promoting compostable packaging as one of the solutions for a circular economy. 

Jamie Sunam, General Manager of Jenkins Fresh Pack Systems

Jamie has spent the majority of his career immersed in the primary sector, more recently homing in on horticulture. In his current role as General Manager of Jenkins Freshpac Systems, Jamie and his team are at the forefront of packaging and labelling in fresh produce working with some of the biggest brands in the country and the world to balance getting product flying off shelves with helping customers leave a sensible footprint behind them.


Hannah White

Technology and Innovation Manager

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