2020 Virtual Agenda

Watch videos of select 2019 sessions

BroadcastingLive2 Packaging Strategies is proud to present a fully virtual program for Global Pouch Forum 2020. All sessions will be broadcasted live via the EVOLVE virtual platform.

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM ET
Keynote: How the Pouch Adds Another Factor to HFactor Water

Gail Levy, CEO, HFactor

Gail will share the history of how she conceived HFactor in 2014 and the ensuing three years of research and development until the brands official launch in 2017. She will share the challenges and triumphs of creating a brand that was not only unique as a new product category but a new packaging concept in beverage. During it's conception, no one in the US could (or would) make her product, so she had to go off shore to avoid high minimums and costs. Gail also explored fitments and caps as well the flexible pouch and doyenne bottoms. During this presentation you will learn from Gail's experience including what she discovered about retail selling portals, ecommerce, shelf presence and the way to improve in all retail outlets. The presentation will conclude with present day, a nascent packaging concept in beverage and a look to the future asking, how do we create a flexible packaging pouch revolution?

Sponsored by

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM ET
AlOx and SiOx High Barrier Films for Flexible Packaging

Kazumasa “Jack” Kawabata, General Manager, DNP America, LLC
Ken Davis, General Manager, Sojitz Plastics America, Inc

Recently concerns about global warming and ocean plastics have been growing and we have to tackle them for future generations. DNP will explain how AlOx and SiOx technology enhance high barrier film properties and how this can help to achieve a sustainable future.

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12:15 PM - 12:45 PM ET
State of the Flexible Packaging Industry and Where it's Headed

Kathy Bolhous, Vice Chairman, FPA; CEO, Charter NEX

Kathy Bolhous, CEO of Charter NEX and Vice Chair of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) will update attendees on the State of the Industry for the U.S. flexible packaging industry. The industry was reported to be 31.8 billion in 2018 and Ms. Bolhous will present the latest findings from FPA’s state of the industry survey for 2019. Ms. Bolhous will also discuss the sustainability aspects of flexible packaging, including new research the Association has done on e-commerce packaging; the current legislative climate facing the packaging industry, and flexible packaging in particular; FPA’s advocacy efforts to combat the current anti-plastic and anti-packaging sentiment; and efforts to promote the industry with consumer product companies, consumers and policy makers.

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1:15 PM - 2:00 PM ET
The Limitless Possibilities of Pouching

Elizabeth Rhue, Director of Marketing, Flexible Packaging, Sonoco

Hugo Giorgio, Technical Manager, Flexible Packaging, Sonoco
Donald Taylor, R&D Engineer, Flexible Packaging, Sonoco
Scott Huffer, Principle Engineer, Flexible Packaging, Sonoco

How to make your packaging more engaging while delivering on product protection needs? Explore the versatility that premade pouches have to offer. Technical and manufacturing experts from Sonoco Flexible Packaging will guide you through envisioning the many ways that premade pouches can be customized to meet your product application and branding needs. We will cover multiple topics including barrier and high performance options, printing and decoration, closure technology, and sustainability.

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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
The Packaging Apocalypse

David Luttenberger, Global Packaging Director, Mintel

Somewhere between absurdity and science lies the truth, and maybe even the solutions, consumers are seeking from brand owners and package manufacturers. Mintel will share intriguing data, reveal new consumer sentiment, and challenge conventional thinking about the death of packaging as well as its undead future.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Cost Savings through SKU Rationalization

Jeff Abel, Principal Packaging Engineer, Adept Packaging

Companies face cost challenges every year. Many look to reduce packaging material costs to save money. However, how many times can an organization reduce material thickness or pouch dimensions before compromising quality? Another option for cost reduction is SKU Rationalization or Reduction. Any company that finds itself with a number of similar size pouches of similar structure or specification can benefit from SKU Rationalization. The key to realizing savings from this practice is understanding what Pouch SKU’s can be combined and how to do this without compromising product/package quality.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Laugh Your Pouch Off!

Michael Jr., Comedian & Actor

Enjoy a nice (and humorous) break from technical sessions with a comedic performance by Michael Jr. His impactful delivery and versatility has landed him on The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show, Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, and more.

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3:30 PM - 4:15 PM ET
Flexible By Design: Stop the Waste and Close the Loop

Michelle Sauder, Sr. Marketing Manager for Food & Specialty Packaging, Dow

Bill Barlow, Sustainability Innovations Manager, Printpack
Guillem Clofent , Managing Director, Mespack
Larry Effler, Development Scientist, Dow

Hosted by Dow, this panel will explore the Design for Recyclability concept and the importance of value chain collaboration, while addressing some key topics, including:

  • What’s next in all-PE/mono-material pouches
  • Advancements being made in stand-up pouches to improve adoption of all-PE films
  • Where and why are all-PE/mono-material stand-up pouches being adopted more quickly
  • Challenges that need to be addressed to continue/expedite adoption of all-PE pouches

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM ET
The Changes & Challenges Facing Frozen Food Packaging

Brian Stepowany, Senior Manager of Packaging R&D, B&G Foods

Ecommerce, sustainability demands and changing eating habits are redefining packaging needs in the frozen food industry. Brian will look at the various changes and challenges facing the frozen food industry and discuss areas that are key drivers in the frozen food marketplace. Packaging technology, packaging design, sustainable packaging and ecommerce will be points of discussion and how the frozen food industry is addressing and evolving with these topics.

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM ET
Laser Solutions for Flexible Packaging

Tim Gamboni, Sales Manager, Preco
Matt Lackner, Key Account Manager, Preco

This presentation will cover:

  • Laser Scoring for Easy Opening
  • Laser Perforating for Breathable Packages
  • Laser Shape Scoring for Peel and Reseal
  • Laser Solutions for Microwave Venting


Sponsored by


12:15 PM - 12:45 PM ET
Machinery Innovations for Flexible Packaging

Tom Egan, VP Industry Services, PMMI

Machinery transforms a flexible package design into reality. Let’s explore some of the most recent ideas and drivers for machines in production operations today. Tom Egan of PMMI will highlight some results from a couple of PMMI studies focused on operations.

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12:45 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Waste-to-Syngas: Plasma Assisted Gasification Offers Recycled Content Without Compromise

Bruce Welt, Professor, University of Florida

Welcome to the war on plastics. While COVID-19 has offered a reprieve, winning requires simplification, robustness and versatility. The old model of transporting, sorting and redistributing waste for material-specific “recycling/reuse” represents intractable, impactful and expensive problems that will never be adequately. EPR only subsidizes this failure. Robust technologies are needed that can deconstruct waste into primary resources for manufacturing. Plasma Assisted Gasification/Vitrification (PAG/V) is uniquely robust and can accept unsorted waste, which is converted to syngas. Syngas can be used to make new plastics without compromise. Syngas is the key to circular economy sustainability.

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Network with Dow



Chat with other conference participants via GoToMeeting. Choose from one of two topics - Design for Recyclability or Adhesives and Coatings - or attend a little bit of both!

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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Regulations Affecting Cannabis Packaging

Mark Thompson, Partner, Keller & Heckman

This presentation will provide an overview of the regulatory requirements for packaging materials used for cannabis and hemp-derived products. This will include a summary of FDA’s evolving regulatory scheme concerning these products in view of the 2018 Farm Bill, and other key developments. Against this backdrop, we will explore the legal requirements that apply to packaging materials for such products in the United States.

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2:30 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Bringing Versatility to Single-Serve Pouches

Justin Markel, Business Development Manager, Hoffer Plastics Corporation

Pablo Pussell, Key Account Manager, Mespack

Hoffer Plastics and Mespack have partnered together, combining years of machinery excellence and technical know-how in pre-made spouted pouches, to develop and launch a revolutionary Fill Thru the Spout machine – the HF-Series. Hear more about how we’re keeping everyone – from the co-packer to the consumer – in mind, and see a demonstration of this innovative & eco-friendly Fill Thru the Spout machine.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
Flexible Packaging Sustainability Panel

Dennis Calamusa, President & CEO, ALLIEDFLEX Technologies, Inc.


  • Lou Fenech, Principal Engineer, Mondelēz International
  • Brent Haynam, Commercial Engineering Manager, Scholle IPN
  • Alison Keane, Esq., IOM, CAE, President & CEO, Flexible Packaging Association (FPA)
  • Dave McLain, Director of Sustainability, Printpack
  • Brian Wagner, Co-Founder and Vice President, PTIS LLC
  • Flexible Packaging has revolutionized the packaging of our food and most other consumer products by maintaining freshness, extended shelf life, safety and convenience. In recent years Flexible Packaging has been under growing attack due to end of life challenges by environmental and consumer advocates when compared to other easier and more traditionally recyclable alternatives. Our panel will level the playing field by advocating for what the packaging industry is doing to overcome these challenges and also raise awareness of how Flexible Packaging is actually the “greener” more environmental choice when compared to most alternative packaging formats. Flexible Packaging is here to stay and the industry will continue to evolve and adapt to meet the needs of the vast global market.

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    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM ET
    The Future of Packaging 2030: A Provocative Look at the Future of Packaging and What it Means for Flexible Packaging in 2020

    Brian Wagner, Co-Founder and Vice President, PTIS LLC

    Since 1997, PTIS and leading futurists have led year-long programs with dozens of leading companies from across the Packaging value chain. "The Future of Packaging 2030" looks out 10 years and helps companies use foresight to plan for the future. This presentation includes keying in on crucial elements of success while identifying and eliminating the roadblocks.

    Sponsored by

    11:45 AM - 12:15 PM ET
    Idemitsu Zipper Profiles for Flexible Packaging

    Hidekazu Moroi, General Manager, Idemistu Unitech Co., Ltd
    Yoshinori Namba, Business Manager, Idemitsu Chemicals U.S.A. Corporation
    Yohei Oguro, Sales Manager, Plaloc Asia(Thailand) Co., Ltd.

    This presentation will cover:

    • POCKETZIP – Front panel zipper with pull tab
    • Linear tear zipper profiles
    • Eco-friendly zipper profiles


    Sponsored by

    12:15 PM - 12:45 PM ET
    Cost Estimating and Commercial Excellence in the Packaging Industry

    Liam Barbary, Company Director, Benchmark Consulting Global

    This presentation will explore the common errors and best practice when dealing with SME and KAM customers in our industry. A particular focus will demonstrated on pricing and tender management and how to drive success by ensuring your unique production capabilities are represented in all commercial offers.

    12:45 PM - 1:15 PM ET
    The Future of Plastic Recycling

    Charles Willard, Senior Research Associate, Lux Research

    Recycled plastic has the potential to displace over 100 million tons of traditional plastic by 2030 due to new legislation and downstream demand. Where will this recycled plastic come from? Investment into advanced recycling technologies - namely depolymerization, pyrolysis, and solvent-based recycling - has positioned these technologies to threaten mechanical recycling’s dominance in the plastic waste market. This talk will analyze the economic factors affecting these advanced recycling technologies in the current market and potential future market scenarios.

    Sponsored by

    1:15 PM - 1:45 PM ET
    UFlex Presents 'Project Plastic Fix'

    Luc Verhaak, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, UFlex Packaging
    Anantshree Chaturvedi, CEO, Flex Films International

    UFlex will present ‘Project Plastic Fix’, our pioneering global sustainability initiative designed to make the company part of a solution to keep plastic in the economy and out of the environment. Learn how UFlex will clean up plastic waste through a mix of four innovative ways that will create wealth from plastic waste.

    Sponsored by

    1:45 PM - 2:15 PM ET
    Recruiting and Retaining Employees

    Michael Chase, Managing Partner, Chase & Associates

    Losing your best and brightest to a competitor is never easy. In this candid presentation, you'll learn how to shore up employee loyalty from a veteran recruiter that knows all the angles. Peek behind the curtain to better understand why peak performers seek greener pastures. Tap into real-world insights that will help you keep your best employees.

    2:15 PM - 2:45 PM ET
    Global Consolidation in Packaging: Growth and Exit Strategies to Maximize Success

    Thomas Blaige, Chairman & CEO, Blaige & Associates

    Utilizing 34 years in mergers and acquisitions, Tom Blaige will discuss exit strategies for companies in the pouch converting sector. Successful deal making is both an Artistic and Scientific process and remains crucial to success in today’s rapidly consolidating market. The “Science” will include M&A Trends, consolidation trends, headline deals in packaging and Case studies. The “Art” will review maximizing value, a process which takes place both before and during sale, as well as available transaction options. He will cover exit strategies as well as how to maximize value and growth as discussed in the Blaige proprietary Nineteen Year Plastics and Packaging Mergers and Acquisitions Consolidation Study. On average, approximately 70% of 2001’s top 50 plastics and packaging companies in each sector have undergone a change of ownership or been eliminated, thus large consolidators are making it more difficult for small and mid-cap (independent) processors to survive and thrive. In summary, Mr. Blaige will reveal valuable strategies designed to help company owners understand how to navigate and succeed in today’s mergers and acquisitions environment.

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