Sustainability key focus at processing and packaging week

Dr Michael Okoroafor is the vice president of global sustainability and packaging innovation at McCormick USA.

Sustainability will be a key focus on day one of the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference, with packaging waste been tackled by Australian businesses.

Dr Michael Okoroafor, vice president of global sustainability and packaging innovation at McCormick USA, will give the conference’s opening keynote presentation – an industry outlook on key insights driving the future of packaging for fast-moving consumer goods.

Okoroafor, who was inducted into the Packaging and Processing Hall of Fame at last year’s Pack Expo International, has more than 40 patents to his name.

He’ll share his insights on using transformational packaging innovation and a re-aligned supply chain to drive FMCG industry growth.

He’ll look at how sustainability needs will push the circular economy and shape innovations in the future for FMCG companies, giving some examples of successful innovations that are transforming not only the industry, but society as a whole.

Okoroafor will be followed by a panel of CEOs from leading Australian sustainability organisations talking about what’s good for the planet being good for business, and working through the opportunities surfacing from the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target.

The panel’s facilitator is Craig Reucassel, who is the writer and presenter of ABC’s War on Waste.

His fellow panellists include Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, Steve Lapidge, CEO of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre, and Paul Klymenko, CEO of Planet Ark.

AUSPACK 2019 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 26-29.