The award giving body recognised 14 Australian business from different sectors, including FMCG, retail and pharmaceutical. The businesses who are most involved in providing solutions to reduce the harmful effect of packaging on the environment.
“All the winners and finalists of the 2018 APCO Awards have demonstrated that no matter where their business sits within the packaging supply chain, there is always opportunity for positive change. This year, we wanted to celebrate the industry members and key stakeholders who are leading the way in packaging sustainability,” APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly said.
Campbell Arnott’s Australia took home the 2018 Food and Beverage Sector Award and Outstanding Achievement in Packaging Design Award. APCO said the company made significant strides in its sustainable packaging and environmental performance. Last year, it has facilitated mandatory sustainability training with its internal packaging team and converted over 1,400 tonnes of tertiary packaging from bleached white board to higher recycled content domestic brown board.
Confectionery giant Nestlé Australia was shortlisted for saving over 2,800 tonnes of packaging in the Oceania region over the last decade. Fonterra Brands gained recognition for being active in sustainability committees and develop a complete life cycle approach to packaging.
While Smith’s Snackfood and Sakata Rice Snacks Australia were awarded for saving 7.4 tonnes of flexible film, 19.2 tonnes of polymer and 4.8 tonnes of stretch wrap. Mountain Bread was recognised for actively searching for suppliers who use recyclable materials and continually review packaging design containing recycled materials.
“With the 2025 target to make all packaging 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable now in sight, industry collaboration and innovation have never been more important. Campbell Arnott’s, Nestlé, Smith’s Snackfood and Sakata Rice Snacks, Mountain Bread and Fonterra Brands are fantastic examples of sustainable leadership in the food and beverage sector. We look forward to continuing to work with them in close partnership, in order to share the innovation, learning and insights required to build a circular economy here in Australia,” said Donelly.