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A dozen major brands are named as Industry Sector winners in the annual Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation awards, their packaging gaining kudos in the march to the 2025 target.

Print21 and PKN Packaging News publisher Lindy Hughson sat down with Meredith Epp, industry partnership manager at APCO, as she announces the Industry Sector winners in the annual APCO Awards, ahead of the virtual awards event where other awards will be presented this afternoon.

PKN also spoke to CEO Brooke Donnelly about the awards programme who noted that in what has been an extremely challenging year for the industry like the one just past, the achievements of this year's winners really stand out.

"The awards are a milestone for the industry and the perfect opportunity to look back at everything we have achieved compared to last year," she said.

"For the APCO team, we have released Our Packaging Future, the roadmap towards achieving the 2025 National Packaging Targets and the Monitoring Program for how we will measure our progress," Donnelly said.

This year APCO will unveil three new categories to celebrate projects that are helping Australia reach the 2025 National Packaging Targets. The new Our Packaging Future Awards will highlight best practice sustainable packaging education, improved collection and recycling systems, and end-market development.

Other categories to be announced include the five Outstanding Achievement Awards that recognise the highest performing organisations in Industry Leadership, Packaging Design for Recoverability and Sustainable Packaging Operations.

Also returning this year is the APCO Sustainability Champion Award, which recognises people that make a tangible difference in sustainable packaging

These awards will be announced today (18 November) during a virtual awards ceremony staring at 3pm AEST. APCO members can register here to attend.

"Every year we are struck by some organisations that go above and beyond and some organisations are now showing particularly impressive leadership. Congratulations to this year's winners, who have delivered some exceptional results."

Winners of the APCO Industry Sector Awards 2020 are:

Agriculture and nurseries: Rivalea (Australia)

Airline, accommodation and tourism: Qantas Airways Limited

Chemicals, hardware and machinery: Colourtrend Paints (Aust)

Electronics: Kyocera Document Solutions Australia

Food and beverage: Chobani

General merchandise and apparel: 3M Australia

Healthcare and scientific: ABC Tissue Products

Large retailer: Officeworks

Logistics and warehousing: Chep Australia

Packaging manufacturers and suppliers: LyondellBasell Australia

Telecommunications: Optus

Tobacco: Philip Morris

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