People pack into AUSPACK expo on first day  

Monash Food Innovation Centre CEO Angeline Achariya is speaking at a conference during Packaging and Processing week.

AUSPACK has kicked off with hundreds heading through the doors of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 26.

The expo, which is part of Packaging and Processing Week, encompasses the manufacturing, food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

The event, which runs until March 29, is packed with companies from across Australia and the globe showcasing the latest in Industry 4.0, sustainability and efficiency.

This year’s expo is occupying the largest floor space in AUSPACK’s history, with more than 350 suppliers, including 100 international exhibitors.

The exhibitors are displaying more than 1,200 global brands covering the latest global trends.

These trends include fast and flexible machinery, track and trace, smart packaging, digital printing, accessibility and convenience, the explosion in e-commerce, entry-level equipment, robots, and factories of the future.

Along with the opening of AUSPACK today, Energy, Environment and Climate Change minister Lily D’Ambrosio officially opened the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference.

The two-day conference is about being smart, connected and sustainable.

Conference attendees are discovering how e-commerce is shaking up the supply chain and how Industry 4.0 and blockchain are transforming supply chains and traceability.

Speakers at the conference on Tuesday afternoon include Mintel head of insights Jane Barnett who is talking about the future consumer, who include more than just Millennials. With seniors being a vast group of individuals with a wide range of not just needs, but interests too, Barnett talks about the challenge companies face when trying to target seniors who don’t want to be categorised as old, but who do have special needs.

Monash Food Innovation Centre CEO Angeline Achariya will then talk about winning the hearts and minds of the future consumer. She will explain how companies can not only cater to the current generations making in impact on consumer goods, but also how they can find out where the next growth opportunities lie.

AUSPACK registration opens from 8.15am each day and the exhibition doors are open from 9am-5pm, Tuesday to Thursday, with an early finish of 3pm on Friday.

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