Endeavour Awards

Endeavour Awards 2021: Tickets on sale now

Tickets for the postponed 2021 Endeavour Awards, Australia’s premier manufacturing industry awards, are on sale now – celebrating the best in Australian innovation, products and services on 24 March 2022 in Melbourne. The 2022 Endeavour Awards will run as planned later in the year. Read more

AUSPACK will showcase megatrends for food industry

AUSPACK will be showcasing megatrends for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors, AUSPACK offers face-to-face involvement with the latest in fast and flexible machinery, track and trace, smart packaging, digital printing, Industry 4.0 and robots.

It also covers accessibility and convenience, e-commerce, saving food from waste and sustainable solutions. The 2019 edition of AUSPACK’s Packaging and Processing week will also see a range of new initiatives that offer enhanced opportunities to learn, engage and network with industry and peers. These initiatives will be announced throughout the lead up to AUSPACK, which takes place from March 26-29 next year.

Going digital is one of the focuses AUSPACK has highlighted as being of significance to industries including food and beverage. Digital allows converters to meet the demand for short-run and multiple-version packaging, and sectors such as digital labelling are seeing a rise worldwide.

Compared to the labelling industry as a whole, which experiences roughly four-to-five per cent growth each year, digital labels are expanding by about nine-to-ten per cent annually, AUSPACK indicates.

A new conference focussed on industry key challenges and opportunities around sustainability, innovations in technology and design, systems thinking and factories of the future, will also be a part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019.

With the theme smart, connected, sustainable, the conference is for decision makers, owners and key staff from the packaging and processing, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, along with associated industries such as design and print, marketing and advertising industry associations.

The business and industry conference are all about exploring new ideas and business potential through case studies, interactive Q&A sessions and keynote plenary sessions – of which there will be seven, along with 18 breakouts across two streams, which are packaging and processing, and business growth. Sub-themes include innovation and technology, sustainable solutions, smart packaging, e-commerce, future consumer, export and distribution, blockchain, design trends and strength through diversity.

Several prominent speakers for the event include Michael Okoroafor, vice president global sustainability and packaging at McCormick USA. Responsible for the strategic direction, policies, development and execution of agricultural, ingredient, product and packaging sustainability, plus packaging innovation capabilities globally, Okoroafor was inducted into the Packaging and Processing Hall of Fame at PACK EXPO International. In addition, he has over 40 patents to his name. Okoroafor will be the opening keynote on day one.

Economist Stephen Koukoulas will kick off day two of the event. He was the senior economic advisor to the prime minister and the chief economist of Citibank. His presentation will break down complex economic analysis into easily understandable terms.

Katie Spearritt, CEO of Diversity Partners, will speak about “Innovation and Strength through Diversity”. Spearritt’s session aims to have participants talking about diversity and inclusion in ways they might not have previously considered.

Slim Secrets

Slim Secrets secures China deal

Slim Secrets, an Australian healthy snack brand, will continue its global expansion into China following the signing of a strategic agreement in Shanghai with Chinese company Sunjoy Marketing and Trading.

Already available in over 15 countries around the world, the China deal is a milestone for Slim Secrets as it moves into its next major growth and development phase. Slim Secrets Founder and CEO Sharon Thurin sealed the agreement with Sunjoy following the brand’s participation in the Sial Trade Show.

The brand will launch an aggressive China marketing plan this month featuring a collaboration with Avril Lavigne, one of the most influential western personalities in China, who appears in a video on China’s Weibo social media platform.

“We have had an incredible response to our brand in China,” said Thurin.

“The agreement with Sunjoy gives us access to a full range of sales channels with national distribution, not just in traditional consumer channels but the health sector as well.

“We have also had the likes of China 7Eleven, Costco and many others potentially interested in working with us over there as a result of the Sial trade show.

“Our investment into our marketing – and especially with our influencers and soon to start Chinese campaign – was the attractive tipping point for many of these interested companies.”

Within Australia and internationally, Slim Secrets – which began as a small, family-run FMCG company operating from Melbourne – is acclaimed for its wide distribution and brand recognition.

Slim Secrets’ strategic partnership with Sunjoy Distributors will officially commence in July 2017 following a close collaboration with The Export Group, who led the growth of Weet-Bix in China.

Ayomo pressed juices are now being stocked in some of Melbourne’s best cafes.

Nutritionist and co-owner Sherie Liang understands the benefits of the cold pressing process, and not using centrifugal force to extract juice Ayomo cold pressed juices are made locally in Port Melbourne using fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers and recycled glass bottles.

Sherie says: “Cold pressed juice is so nutritious and beneficial to your health. I started Ayomo to allow anyone in Melbourne to be able to drink cold pressed juices, because making a cold pressed juice for one can be very time consuming and expensive”.

Since opening Ayomo’s South Melbourne café in 2013 the company has extended its reach across three kiosk style stores in Melbourne QV, Doncaster Westfield and Chadstone Shopping Centre.

Bottle production is up 1,000% over the last year with Touchwood ordering 100 bottles per weekend to keep up with demand, Square & Compass refilling orders 5 to 6 times per week and Proud Mary selling out of their first 24 bottles within the first four hours of being open on a Saturday morning.