The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) hosted a breakout session yesterday at the AIFST convention in Sydney where we discussed the role that packaging plays in minimising Food Waste, Sustainable Packaging and the AIP led Fight Food Waste CRC Save Food Packaging Consortium and up-coming project.
The speakers in the session were Ralph Moyle FAIP, Education Coordinator, Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), who discussed Sustainable Packaging, Dr Karli Verghese FAIP, REDUCE Program Leader, Fight Food Waste CRC, who discussed the Fight Food Waste CRC and the Role of packaging in minimising food waste and Nerida Kelton MAIP, Executive Director, Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) who showcased innovative Save Food Packaging award winning designs and also presented the project outline for the AIP led Save Food Consortium project within the CRC.
Over 70 people attended the session and there were dynamic questions from the attendees during the panel discussion at the end. A number of people stayed on after the session had closed to discuss the topics further.
With the war on packaging waste, together with 2025 global packaging targets, it’s fair to say that the food packaging industry is busy finding new ways for smarter packaging. The strong media focus on “end of life” for packaging means consumer awareness and demand for green solutions is growing, along with the increasing concerns that packaging is ending up in our landfill and oceans.
While efforts to reduce end-of-life impact are certainly critical, the significance packaging plays in protecting food and reducing food waste is often underestimated. So, as we get busy finding new smarter ways for packaging, where exactly should we be focussing?
Designing food packaging for longer product shelf life and product protection is non-negotiable. Resources need to be optimised and end of life taken into account. Well-designed packaging takes the full life cycle of a product into account – end of life cannot be considered in isolation of the primary role of packaging.
Reducing, reusing and recycling are great ways to make a smart difference and certainly have their uses in the greater scheme of things. However, the best way is to embrace the opportunity to re-design, reinvent and change the status quo. For example, fresh proteins packed in a modified atmosphere tray lid configuration require absorbent pads to retain product purge. In fact, across ANZ’s fresh meat sector, more than 750 million soiled pads end up in landfill each year. That is a huge number. Rather than re-designing the pad to make it recyclable and therefore address ‘end of life’ concerns, a total rethink of the solution gave rise to a new sustainable way.
Get on the front foot with plastic: (l-r) Anthony Peyton MAIP, Mark Jacobson, Peter Tamblyn, Caitlyn Richards and Keith Chessell FAIP
Packaging professionals at yesterday’s NSW AIP meeting were urged to get on the front foot with plastic and spread the message about its positive benefits, as the industry comes under sustained attack.
Some 100 people were at the packed lunchtime event, which heard speaker after speaker spruik the uses of plastic, both virgin and recycled, and highlight the steps being taken by the industry to stop its adverse environmental impact.
A feisty question time saw the panel deal with whose responsibility it was to communicate to the public, wrestle with why one tray is marked as recyclable while another ostensibly identical one is not, and question whether laminate coated fibre packaging, such as Tetra Pak, should be marked as recyclable when only part of it is. The question time reflected the tumultuous impact the new-found public awareness of plastic packaging is having on the industry.
Opening proceedings Keith Chessell said, “There needs to be education as to what is happening with plastic. The industry is under siege, plastic packaging in particular. Australia has been sending eight million tonnes of plastic bags a year into the ocean. That is now being stopped. We need to ask ourselves as an industry, is there a future for soft plastic. The answer is yes, but recycling is clearly key.”
Caitlyn Richards, responsible sourcing manager, sustainable products and packaging at Coles talked about the supermarket’s own efforts, which include having all its own brand packaging 100 per cent recycled by the end of next year. She also said, “The lightning rod issues, like plastic wrapping of individual cucumbers, are far more complex than the public imagines. Plastic wrapping extends the shelf life significantly, which reduces waste, whose environmental impact is actually greater than the plastic, especially if that plastic is recycled.”
The Redcycle programme – which sees the public actively involved in plastic recycling – was hailed as major success, with all 812 Coles stores around the country running it. . Read more….
Three Australian companies and one New Zealand company have achieved international recognition for their innovative and unique packaging designs in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards for 2019. The winning companies include Caps and Closures for Precise Pour, ILNAM Estate for 8 Kangaroos, Lactote for POLATOTE and Radix Nutrition for their Foil Packaging Breakfast Pouch and were across three categories, Beverage, Food and Domestic & Household. Radix Nutrition is the first New Zealand company to be awarded a WorldStar Packaging Award for the Food Category. A delegation from both Australia and New Zealand that included Radix Nutrition and Caps and Closures proudly attended the 2019 WorldStar Packaging Awards in Prague, Czech Republic .
This international recognition follows on from wins in the 2018 Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards, which are run by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and Packaging New Zealand. The PIDA Awards are the exclusive feeder program for Australia and New Zealand into the WorldStar Packaging Awards.
Company: Caps and Closures
Category: Domestic & Household
The Precise Pour takes a leap forward in the functionality of the simple tap, both for the consumer and the packer. It is simple to apply, intuitive to use, hard to damage and performs unlike any other tap on the market. The Precise Pour has features in all areas of the cap which create a user experience like no other. It is tamper evident, anti-surge, variable flow, 180 degree opening action, 360 degree pour, it has anti-binding lugs and has an anti-drip lip.
Company: Radix Nutrition
Country: New Zealand
The Radix Nutrition foil breakfast packaging is simple to use, accessible in any situation, preserves nutrients and there is no food waste. The packaging needed to be durable, yet lightweight as they didn’t want to create problems for their users as a lot of their consumers are marathon runners, athletes, rugby players, endurance long distance runners, cyclists, campers and many other outdoor loving people. These people want to enjoy their athletic and outdoor endeavours and to avoid increases in the weight of their kit so their pouch had to be highly functional, yet add no additional weight.
Company: ILNAM Estate
8Kangaroos by ILNAM Estate have been awarded the win for a unique and innovative wine bottle shaped like a Kangaroo. In addition, all raw materials were chosen for their ability to be recycled and there was extensive thought and consideration in the development of transport packaging to suit the shape of the bottle. The bottles unique shape makes it unlikely that it will be thrown away after initial use. It is envisaged that the bottle will be retained and used as a decanter, water bottle or just a curious item on a shelf. The bottle being embossed at the base with the brand name means that the brand will live on after the label has gone and the wine has been consumed. Destined to be extremely successful in the international duty-free market the family-owned business has developed an outstanding and innovative packaging design.
Polatote is both an off-the-shelf supermarket/liquor shop beverage multipack and a portable ice cooler. No longer do you need an Esky style ice container and/or the traditional ice bucket to keep your drinks cold. Polatote has been fully redesigned as a highly functional shrinkfilm multi-pack with global influence and appeal. It is an ice cooler, or more accurately, a method for controlling the temperature of beverages in and outdoors. It is a comfortable, convenient and sturdy parcel/package for personal carrying and an easily and safely palletised multi-pack for general transportation and distribution. Polatote is a container to ensure original contents once consumed are recycled and do not become litter. Polatote replaces the standard type of beverage packaging presently used to deliver bottles of all types, metal cans and Tetra type cardboard packs to the marketplace.
Australian Packaging Expert is awarded WPO Lifetime Achievement Award
Also in attendance at the 2019 WorldStar Packaging Awards was Keith Chessell FAIP, who was recognised for his significant contribution to the packaging industry over the last 50 years with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Only three people from across the globe received this recognition. Keith has been a stalwart of the Australia and New Zealand packaging community for close to 50 years and since his retirement he has invested even more time in giving back to the industry. Keith has a true passion to ensure that packaging technologists and designers better understand Sustainable Packaging and Save Food Packaging and the AIP are proud that he is a part of the Institute. Keith Chessell is a truly kind and generous person who always helps everyone around him with no hesitation.
Did you know that the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) have spent their Christmas Party every year for the last 8 years with a twist? The Members pack Foodbank hampers for people who need some assistance from their community at Christmas time. In 2018 over 200 people packed 1400 hampers for Foodbank to provide to those in need during the holiday season. The hampers included 1000 family hampers and 300 ladies packs. The total valuing over $120,000 worth of items that were either donated, or the funds raised for, by the Association and the wider industry. Over the last eight years, the team has packed 8000 hampers to the value of close to $900,000 for people in need and they look forward to packing even more hampers in 2019; including a Back-To-School Hamper for the kids that includes much-needed stationery items.
So how can your business help the AIP?
All of industry is invited to donate items to the hampers, funds to assist with the purchase of items, or attend and participate on the actual packing day on the 6th of December. We do hope that you join us in 2019 for this wonderful program and to help us meet the $1 million mark in donations for Foodbank.
Foodbank QLD 2018 Xmas Hamper wrap up - YouTube
If you would like to contribute to this important initiative please contact the AIP
The winners of the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) for Australia and New Zealand were announced at a gala dinner on the 30th of April at the SOFITEL Wentworth, Sydney.
The Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) have been designed by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP and Packaging New Zealand to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across the two countries. The PIDA Awards are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards run by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) with the 2019 PIDA winners automatically eligible for entry into the 2020 international competition.
PKN interviews Joe Foster at PIDA 2019 - YouTube
PKN interviews Lucy Sorensen at PIDA 2019 - YouTube
PKN interviews Aleks Lajovic at PIDA 2019 - YouTube
The ability to attract bright young people and develop their critical thinking emerged as the key themes at the PKN + Food & Drink Business Women in Packaging breakfast panel, held at the AIP Technical Forum.
Hosted by PKN Packaging News editor Lindy Hughson, the panel comprised three leading lights in the packaging world, all committed to the development of the industry.
Discussing the issue were Liza Vernalls, director of packaging at Campbell Arnott’s; Nerida Kelton, executive director of the AIP; and Dr Rym Kachouri, APPMA board member and general manager for service and agency products at automation and robotics specialist Foodmach.
Engaging with young people and providing appealing pathways to their entry is central to the growth strategy of every industry, and packaging is no exception. However, with so much competition for bright young minds the questions posed by Hughson were how should packaging go about presenting itself as a positive and fulfilling career choice? And what kind of people should it be attracting? What kind of training should it be providing?
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) formally announced that the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre have approved their Save Food Packaging project as one of the first.
In 2016, the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) was the first member nation of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) to operate a Save Food Packaging Design Award for Australia and New Zealand category in their annual Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards. Developed in conjunction with the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), the Save Food Packaging Design Awards are designed to recognise companies who are developing innovative and sustainable packaging that minimises food losses and food waste, extends shelf life and improves the supply of food. The AIP has a goal to create a global standard for all Save Food Packaging design and that the criteria and guidelines are embedded in all NPD processes.
The AIP will be the project leader on the Save Food Packaging Criteria and Framework 1.2.1 project and have established an extensive Save Food Packaging Consortium that is made up of leaders in Save Food Packaging design and innovations to ensure that the guidelines are practical for the industries they will serve. The Save Food Packaging Consortium is made up of the AIP as project lead, RMIT as the Research Partner, Project Contributors will be ZipForm Packaging, Sealed Air, Multivac and APCO, Project Partners will be Plantic Technologies, Result Group and Ulma Packaging and the Extension Network will consist of AFCC, APCO, AFGC and AIFST.
The Save Food Packaging Design Criteria and Framework will integrate current research literature with industry knowledge regarding the functional properties and role of packaging in saving food being wasted. Whilst the primary functions of packaging are to contain and protect the content, as well as providing information about the product, the role of packaging in reducing food waste needs to be better understood by food producers, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and consumers. The connection between packaging design and food waste needs to be discussed more openly in the industry. From field to fork there are several possibilities for food loss and waste to occur. It has been approximated that up to 30% of the edible food produced, does not reach the fork. Packaging’s role in reducing food waste is the next challenge for Packaging Technologists, Designers and Engineers.
Using the industry networks of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) in partnership with AFCCC, AFGC, AIFST and RMIT University and an Industry Advisory Committee this project will produce packaging design criteria and communication material for the implementation into food packaging that will lead to better packaging design, material selection and format selection using appropriate portioning, sealability, resealability features, date labelling, extend shelf life and provide the information required to assist retail, food service and consumers to minimise food waste. This project will focus upon Australia/New Zealand. Future projects will look to other countries through the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The global project will also be led and coordinated by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) as the ANZ WPO Member.
The expected impacts of this project are:
• Packaging criteria for reducing food waste is known and applied in packaging design by food producers.
• The packaging criteria meets the needs of, and is used by, packaging and food technologists/designers/marketers/sustainability managers and is effectively communicated to the retailer, food service and consumers.
• Education and training programs are delivered demonstrating how to use the criteria and integrate within product-packaging development processes.
• Food producers, manufacturers, retailers and packaging companies are designing innovative Save Food Packaging and communicating this to customers and consumers.
• Companies are recognised for their Save Food Packaging innovations through the Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards and the international WorldStar Packaging Awards program of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The AIP are the ANZ Board Member on the WPO.
• Best-practice award-winning Save Food Packaging innovations across ANZ are showcased on a regular basis.
• Revision, where required, of the criteria for the Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Save Food Packaging Design Special Award.
Jerry Tharapos AAIP
Chief Operating Officer Supply Chain Director Flint Group
The AIP would like to welcome our latest Member Jerry Tharapos AAIP, Chief Operating Officer & Supply Chain Director, Flint Group.
Q1: WHY DID YOU JOIN THE AIP? WHAT BENEFITS DO YOU BELIEVE THE AIP OFFERS ALL THEIR MEMBERS?
A: I joined the AIP because it is the leading body for those working in the printing and packaging industry. The AIP offers excellent events, training and education programs & the opportunity for members to network, collaborate and learn from each other at AIP hosted events.
Q2: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY? WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE?
A: I have been in the industry for over 10 years and bring over 20 years’ experience as a Supply Chain Director, Chief Operating Officer and transformation consultant leading supply chains and operations globally, including working in China. The particular strength and skill that I bring is my proven track record of successfully developing, leading and transforming supply chains and multi-site complex operations with billion dollar budgets. I have driven multi-million dollar efficiencies and created industry benchmark supply chain practices and processes in several organisations. I have transformed businesses and been instrumental in driving them to increased profitability and future growth.
Q3: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB ROLE AND WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES?
A: After leading the site operations and supply chain across Australia and New Zealand for over 4 years at Flint Group, I am now consulting and involved in interim executive management.
At Flint Group I was responsible for:
Manufacturing operations across Australia and New Zealand Maintenance and capital expenditure SHE LEAN Warehouse operations, logistics and distribution Customer service S&OP Demand and Supply Planning Forecasting Purchasing Director of the Program Management Office
The AIP would like to encourage all of our Members to please help Wanjun Chu with his Phd. Wanjun is a PhD student from Linköping University, Sweden. His general research focus is on the topic of design for sustainable behavior and sustainable interaction design. Currently he is working with Professor Karli Verghese FAIP from School of Design, RMIT, where they are conducting a research project to systematically explore how to better design on-pack date labels and storage guidance to support consumers in reducing food waste.
Relation between on-pack labeling and consumer food waste:
On-pack date related label is one of the most direct information carriers used in food industry to communicate specific product attributes with consumers. On one hand, it is regarded as an effective tool which can help consumers to make informed consumption decisions. However, on the other hand, it has been identified as one of the major factors that contributes to the problem of consumer food waste.
Industry’s opinions matter:
Specifically, in this project, RMIT are interested in exploring and experimenting novel ways to create better interactions between these on-pack information attributes and consumers. In order to achieve this, RMIT would like to reach as many industry participants as possible to understand your knowledge, experiences, difficulties, and suggestions regarding the design of on-pack date labels and storage information.
Practical sustainability values and potential benefits for industry:
Apart from learning from industry practices, RMIT also aim to make practical changes in people’s daily life and bring potential benefits to food and packaging industry practitioners. Wanjun has developed a digital mobile app prototype, which integrates the newest technology (Augmented Reality & AI assistant) with the on-pack date labels and storage information to help consumers make more tailored and informed food consumption and disposal decisions. RMIT would like to collect your feedback and co-design this new consumer-packaging interaction concept with you.
Interview and design ideation session
The way RMIT would like to engage you in this research is through an interview & on-pack label design ideation session, which lasts approximately 90 minutes in total. Depending upon your own schedule and preferences, they can always adjust the session time accordingly.
Regarding the place of the interview and design session, it would be great if it could take place at the environment that you are comfortable with, for example RMIT can visit you and conduct the session in your company or organisation. You are also welcome to visit RMIT, where they will arrange the meeting for you. Video or telephone interviews can be an alternative in case you are unable to meet face-to-face.
If you are interested in participating, or want to know more about the project, please feel free to contact: