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Nestlé Australia, Smith’s win big at APCO awards

The 2017 APCO AwardsAustralian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) annual awards has recognised top companies.

Nestlé Australia took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Recycling. While Smith’s Snackfood Company & Sakata Rice Snacks Australia received the Outstanding Achievement in Design at APCO.

“With the spotlight now firmly on the waste and recycling industries, there has never been a better time for Australian businesses to reduce their environmental footprint. We commend all our finalists and award winners who are leading their industries toward a more sustainable future, and toward an Australia where packaging resources are used and disposed of wisely to minimise our environmental impact,” said Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO.

Other finalists include Mars Australia, Kellogg Australia, Campbell Arnotts Australia, Chobani, Lion, Snack Foods, C.A. Henschke & Company and Buderim Ginger. The businesses bagged the prestigious awards, heralding environmental sustainability in the industry. While Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Rawbone Pet Foods were named winners for their achievements in sustainable packaging.

The Smith’s Snackfood Company & Sakata Rice Snacks Australia have improved efficiencies in waste management and achieved an impressive recycling rate of 86 per cent.

“We continue to drive packaging and waste reduction and efficiency, closely monitoring our performance to achieve ongoing improvements. Being part of the Australian Packaging Covenant has helped us to contribute in a meaningful way to our global PepsiCo sustainability agenda, and packaging sustainability will remain a key focus for the business,” said Janine Cannell, Australia & New Zealand environment manager.

Reviews on Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ packaging has also resulted in the use of light weighting glass and label size reduction. Taking the final award, Rawbone Pet Foods made extensive efforts to embed sustainability principles with suppliers and customers, resulting in packaging optimisations and reduced waste.

“We are very pleased with this recognition as the sustainable packaging aspirations of APCO are very closely aligned to our own sustainability initiatives,” said Robert Taddeo, Pernod Ricard Winemakers operations director Australia.

All finalists were selected based on their performance in sustainable packaging design, comprehensive recycling systems and product stewardship activities to develop sustainable supply chains. APCO enables businesses, government and industry to design and utilise more sustainable packaging throughout the supply chain to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australia.

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