PMA A-NZ will be hosting a Sustainable Packaging in Fresh Produce Seminar on March 13 2019 at the Sydney Markets. The event will focus on the efforts being made to achieve the Australian Government’s target of 100% of Australian packaging being recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025.
Bringing together a number of leaders in fresh produce packaging, the seminar will provide attendees with an insight in to the future direction of the packaging industry, as well as the trends which will see us achieve the sustainability goals.
The seminar will run from 10.00am to 12.00pm with a lunch following providing an opportunity to network and discuss the insights from the day.
Date: Wednesday 13 March
Time: 10.00am – 12.45pm
Venue: Sydney Markets
Cost: PMA A-NZ Members - FREE. Non-Members - $60
9:45am – 10:00am
Arrival and Check-In
10:00am – 10:05am
Welcome and Introduction
10:05am – 10:40am
Anthony Peyton - Co-founder and CEO of PREP Design
Anthony will be sharing his insights on his role in the designing of packaging in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to meet 2025 recyclable packaging targets. Anthony will discuss the development of the PREP tool, alongside Planet Ark and Innovyz, his involvement in the redevelopment of the Australasian Recycling Logo (ARL) and the changes needed to make it all work.
10:40am – 11:20am
Panel Discussion: Innovation in Packaging Production and Supply
Insights into the action being taken by packaging producers and suppliers to reach the 2025 targets and what further action needs to be taken within industry to ensure they are met.
- Andrew Russo - General Manager Sales and Marketing ANZ, Orora Fibre Packaging
- Richard Fine - Founder, Product Development and Sustainability Director, BioPak
- Richard Smith - Director Safety, Quality & Sustainability, Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific
11:20am – 12:00pm
Panel Discussion: Packaging Innovation in Industry
Insights into the sustainable packaging trends and innovations already on shelves and how they will help us reach the targets.
- Brooke Donnelly – CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
- Sharnah Coulthart – GM Marketing, Hydro Produce
- Fiona Baxter - Coles Group Manager Responsible Sourcing, Coles
12:00pm – 12:45pm
Co-founder and CEO of PREP Design
Anthony Peyton is the co-founder and CEO of PREP Design, a business established in 2017 with Planet Ark and Innovyz.
The company's PREP software is used by brand owners and packaging designers to design recyclable packaging for the Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom markets. It also provides the evidence for standardised on-pack recycling labels in each nation, including the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL).
PREP is used by over 150 organisations in Australia and over 300 in the UK to help them meet the 2025 targets for recyclable packaging.
Founder, Product Development and Sustainability Director, 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.
General Manager Sales and Marketing ANZ, Orora Fibre Packaging
Andrew Russo is currently the General Manager Sales & Marketing ANZ with Orora Fibre Packaging. Andrew has over 16 years packaging experience focussing on new product development/innovation and in the establishment of new channels to market. Andrew has sales expertise across a variety of business segments including retail, fresh produce, protein, industrial through B2B and B2C.
Director Safety, Quality & Sustainability, Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific
Richard Smith is the Director of Safety, Quality and Sustainability for Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific - Australia New Zealand. (AFAP)
Richard was previously Director of R&D and Innovation Excellence for AFAP based in Singapore, and was also Amcor’s regional Sustainability Leader working to address customers’ sustainability goals through responsible flexible packaging solutions.
Richard joined Amcor in 2005, and prior Richard held senior roles in packaging technology management, as well as extensive experience in FMCG industry.
Richard is a Chemical Engineer, having studied at Melbourne University, and in 2013 was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging for significant contribution to the development of innovative plastics packaging.
Panel Discussion: Packaging Innovation in Industry
CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation. Masters, Sustainable Leadership in Management
Brooke Donnelly has spent her career working in product stewardship, recycling and sustainability, spending her formative years managing her third-generation family business, specialising in the recycling of industrial packaging. In her current role of CEO at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Brooke develops and leads APCO’s strategic direction and vision. APCO enables businesses, government and industry to design and utilise more sustainable packaging throughout the supply chain to reduce the environmental impact on Australian communities. Brooke is also the co-founder of the Product Stewardship Cluster, a voluntary group working to accelerate Australia’s journey to a circular economy through product stewardship.
Coles Group Manager Responsible Sourcing
Fiona Baxter is an experienced Corporate Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the retail, agricultural, manufacturing, telecommunication and mining industries. With a background in environmental chemistry, Fiona is currently the Coles Brand Manager Responsible Sourcing, leading the implementation of the Coles Group responsible and ethical sourcing programs. This includes driving the transformation of Coles Own Brand and fresh product packaging to meet the Coles 2020 commitments for packaging recyclability, reductions and increased recycled content.
GM Marketing, Hydro Produce