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APPMA stand buzzes at AUSPACK
The APPMA stand enjoyed plenty of foot traffic at AUSPACK 2019, with visitors flocking to see the association and the organisations it hosted.
The stand presented the APPMA with
a great opportunity to get to know members and exhibitors, and vice versa, according to APPMA general manager Michael Moran.
“The APPMA stand itself was a hive of activity, with many APPMA members taking the time to come and meet the team, relax on one of the couches, have a coffee, and catch up on current APPMA activities and services as well as the plans for the future, while providing their own feedback,” Moran said.
“The stand also provided the chance to meet with other businesses and associations to explore opportunities that could be of benefit to the APPMA members and the broader industry, with new membership enquiries also being a positive outcome,” he said.
The APPMA team visited around 83 stands
at the show, and was able to engage directly with more than 50 per cent of member companies.
Also on the stand were three guest organisations: RMIT Online, Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (FFW CRC), and Family Business Australia. According to Moran, developing business and association partnerships is a key strategic goal for the organisation.
“The APPMA stand was designed to enable all exhibitors and visitors to be provided with the opportunity to engage with and learn more about each of these organisations, including the educational and business support services that may be beneficial to their specific businesses,” he said.
Emily Spalding, state manager for Victoria and Tasmania at Family Business Australia, said her organisation had a productive experience at the show, with many guests interested in finding out more.
“The buzz and the energy around the show was great, with visitors engaged on stands and visual stimulation at every turn,” said Spalding. “With plenty of foot traffic across the main days, it was easy to see that AUSPACK 2019 was a great success. Congratulations to all involved.”
Tanya Wilkins, communications manager
at FFW CRC, added that the event helped raise the centre’s profile in the industry.
The APPMA stand offered visitors the chance to meet their association representatives. APPMA’s AUSPACK welcome committee included (from left): Janelle Wildish, Michael Moran, Vicki Callaway and Amanda Griffiths.
BELOW: The APPMA Board (from left): Mark Krygger; Rym Kachouri; Peter Bradbury; Mark Emmett; Mark Dingley; Derek Ford; Robert Marguccio; Samantha Saunders; Stuart Shaw; and James Windsor.
“We were able to talk to visitors to the stand about what the FFW CRC has planned over the next 10 years, as well as ‘hitting the streets’ to talk to exhibitors and visitors about how the FFW CRC is relevant to them,” she said. “We asked if there was interest from their customers in dealing with food waste, what the role of packaging is in reducing food waste, and how to convert current food waste into higher value products.
“This would not have been possible without the support of the APPMA, and we appreciate it and look forward to AUSPACK 2021.”
12-15 JUNE
APPMA will be joining the Australian Pavilion to support exhibiting members and promote the APPMA and its members to overseas audiences.

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