Vacupack – Asaf Weis, Managing Director & Coles Caitlyn Richards, Group Sustainable Sourcing Manager

Vacupack - Asaf Weis, Managing Director & Coles - Caitlyn Richards, Group Sustainable Sourcing Manager : Day 3 Session 1


Session : Plastic, A Packaging Technology – War on Waste

Ball & Doggett are proud to partner with Vacupack and the team at Coles to bring our audience an thought provoking experience.

A must see fire side chat shared with over 115 exhibition visitors with Vacupack’s Asaf Weis, Managing Director and Coles’s Caitlyn Richards, Group Sustainable Sourcing Manager.

Showcased as an industry first at Australia’s largest packaging exhibition, APPEX 2024 our stand sat amongst 450 others whilst we delivered a successful four day campaign including twelve live sessions with international and domestic specialists within the packaging supply chain. The ‘Live Experience’ platform focused on driving education, sharing expert insights from across the supply chain that impacts delivery of sustainable packaging into the industry.

As the Australian packaging industry navigates an unprecedented change, these conversations are more relevant than ever.

We know you will find this session insightful and invite you to journey with us and explore each of the live sessions captured for you to enjoy, learn from and share with your network.

Ball & Doggett is proud to partner with APPEX 2024 to deliver this experience for the Australian packaging industry.

With thanks to ecoporium by Ball & Doggett’s media partnership with PKN Packaging News.

Asaf Weis, Vacupack, Managing Director

Since childhood, Asaf has immersed himself in engineering and plastic packaging at Vacupack, a leading provider of thermoforming solutions in Australia for 40 years.

With over 25 years of industry experience, he possesses exceptional business management skills and an innovative approach to manufacturing. Asaf has been instrumental in expanding Vacupack and FocusIML, particularly in strategic business development. He founded Vacupack’s design and development department and implemented ISO9001 and HACCP accreditations. Asaf’s exposure to numerous food processing plants and automation systems deepened his industry knowledge and fortified his client relationships.

Now, his focus lies in environmental sustainability, making Vacupack Australia’s leading processor of Post Consumer Recycled rPET for thermoformed food packaging.

Caitlyn Richards, Coles, Group Sustainable Sourcing Manager

Caitlyn Richards, Group Sustainable Sourcing Manager at Coles, oversees sustainable sourcing policies, programs and initiatives for Coles Own Brand products and packaging.

This includes initiatives across high-impact forest, land, agriculture and seafood commodities, animal welfare and sustainable packaging. Caitlyn has worked within the sustainability industry for over a decade, primarily focused on sustainable supply chains and reducing the environmental and social impacts of business. Caitlyn has extensive experience collaborating with business, industry, NGOs and advocacy groups to deliver positive environmental outcomes and purposeful communication initiatives to increase awareness and consumption of more sustainable products.

Recently, Caitlyn was named in FS Sustainability’s ESG Power 50 list, which recognises the 50 most influential corporate ESG Leaders in Australia, and featured in the Sustainable Choice Group Podcast “Food waste, plastics and responsible sourcing, how the supermarket giant tackles it all.


Hosted by Zaidee Jackson (AAIP), National Business Development Manager – Sustainable Packaging