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The Launch of AFGC Retail Ready Toolkit by Australian Institute of Packaging

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The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) Victorian Branch April technical evening launched of the AFGC retail ready toolkit and a presentation from international speaker, Allessandro Bello from GEA Procomac. 

Samantha Blake, Director of Supply Chain and Retail Policy, Australian Food and Grocery Council will be finishing off the successful roadshow that has seen the launch of the new retail ready toolkit to AIP members and colleagues in New South Wales and Queensland. 

The development of the Retail Ready Packaging - A focus on shelf ready packaging an Industry toolkit had significant changes such as global economic slowdown, commodity price increases, focus on sustainability, expansion of discount retail outlets and rise in oil price in the Australian markets. It is important for food and grocery manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and wholesalers to respond to these changes with the ability to adapt and develop agile responsive supply chains. ECRA has updated the guidelines and continues to work with retail and supplier organisations to ensure alignment wherever possible. An overview of the updated guidelines along with an assessment of the work currently underway with retail trading partners was also presented during the event.

Phillip Higgins MAIP, Innovation & Development Manager for Techline has created and assigned 23 patents and introduced 100+ products into industry and is a high performance, results-driven product design and packaging engineer. He provided a presentation on plastic closures in the beverage industry with a focus on how to correctly specify a closure including details on what impact the features of a closure will have in the beverage segment.

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