Industry leaders to brainstorm on sustainability of the local packaging industry

The recent drought facing the Western Cape has highlighted the importance of sustainability and the preservation of precious resources. Packaging plays an important role in the prevention of food waste, thereby preserving all the resources investing in growing and producing the product. Quality packaging can dramatically extend a products shelf life, helping to save consumers money and prevent waste.

This year’s Packaging Indaba will focus on the sustainability of the packaging, plastics and printing value chains. The event will highlight how South Africa’s top retailers and brand owners are incorporating sustainable packaging into their products and reducing waste.

The Packaging Indaba one-day event programme includes:

  • Hannah Edinger, Associate Director of Deloitte Africa talking on ‘Economics & packaging: Investing in a sustainable future.’
  • Susan Oelofse, principal researcher at the CSIR on ‘Food waste & packaging: insights and advice.’
  • Andre de Ruyter, CEO of Nampak on ‘Sustainable Manufacturing: Are imports decimating the future of packaging?’
  • Don Mac Farlane of Woolworths Packaging on ‘The future of FMCG retail packaging – how are retailers & brand owners thinking sustainably?’
  • Riki Tzirin, Senior Account Manager at HP Indigo, Labels & Packaging on ‘Revolutionising the way brands go to market.’
  • Esti Prinsloo, Innovation Practice Director SA, Nielsen on ‘Innovation in a shifting landscape: Packaging adoption strategies driven by changing consumer behaviour.’
  • Marjie van der Walt, Director at M&A Design on ‘Packaging sustainability: Tools, systems & strategies for innovative package design.

The Packaging Indaba takes place on 26 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, alongside the packaging, food processing, plastics, print and labelling exhibition Propak Cape and the newly launched Wine and Olive Oil Production Expo.

The Packaging Indaba will be a valuable event for anyone wanting to enhance their packaging know how, network and meet industry experts and learn about current, contextual information relating to the packaging industry, various value chains and concerning sustainability issues.

The price to attend is R2 250 per person while IPSA, Packaging SA or Plastics SA members pay R2 000 per person. For more information contact VDS Media at or visit

Propak Cape is organised by Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, a member of the prestigious Montgomery Group. For further information or to register for free entry to the Propak Cape exhibition, visit the website at

Doors are open daily between 9AM – 5PM & you can stay connected to the build-up & with all of the daily happenings of the show via Propak Cape 2017 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn pages.