2021 Virtual Agenda
Packaging Strategies is proud to present a fully virtual program for Global Pouch Forum 2021. All sessions will be broadcasted live via the Intrado virtual platform.
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Alison Keane, Esq., IOM, CAE, President & CEO, Flexible Packaging Association (FPA)
Alison Keane will update attendees on the state of the industry for the U.S. flexible packaging industry. The industry was reported to be $33.6 billion in annual sales for 2019 and Ms. Keane will present the latest findings from FPA’s state of the industry survey for 2020. Ms. Keane will also discuss the sustainability aspects of flexible packaging, including new research the FPA 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 policymakers.
Linda Roman, Head of Packaging Growth and Technology, Kraft Heinz
Recycling flexible films is challenging, for many reasons, including lack of collection and infrastructure. Kraft Heinz aims to make 100% of their packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025, and increase the use of recycled content, aggressively pursuing technical alternatives while also collaborating externally to advance the commitment. It is important for stakeholders across the value chain to partner in order to help drive successful recycling, and keep packaging in play for as long as possible. In this session, you will learn more about how Kraft Heinz is partnering to help move towards a positive end-of-life for flexible films, like recycling.
- Recycling flexible films is challenging for food packaging
- Flexible packaging must protect the product throughout the use cycle, and prevent food waste
- Partnerships are key to successfully recycling flexible food packaging
Mike Burns, Vice President of Polyethylene, RTi
Scott Newell, Vice President of Polypropylene Markets, RTi
How long will it take the North American resin market to recover? Low inventories, production issues, exports coupled with strong demand have led to historically high polyethylene and polypropylene prices. In the coming months, what strategies should processors utilize to gain a competitive advantage in unstable times? Learn the key drivers the RTi experts will be following to foresee the market recovery. End of March, polyethylene and polypropylene prices are up $0.43 and $0.65 per pound respectively over the past 12 months. What will it take for prices to subside? Mike Burns and Scott Newell will provide real-time market updates and outlook in the polyethylene and polypropylene resin markets and answer your market questions.
Brian Legg, Director of Procurement, HelloFresh International
Theresa Solberg, Strategic Sourcing Manager, HelloFresh International
HelloFresh’s meal kits have disrupted the industry. With their unique logistic concerns, retail packaging solutions simply do not work for them. This is evident in dairy and protein packaging, where they have systematically transitioned suppliers from rigid trays and cups to durable and flexible pouch or thermoformed solutions.
- Learn about the HelloFresh product, supply chain, and production
- Making the case to move away from retail packaging conventions.
- Key learnings from the challenges faced and best practice solutions discovered
- Vision for the future: plastic reduction, innovative/recyclable materials, and durability
Jorge Izquierdo, Vice President, Market Development, PMMI
Learn about the trends that have emerged or accelerated due to the pandemic and what trends will remain driving operations in the future and what are the key priorities and challenges for investments in operations as we take a look at the effect of COVID on operations
Todd Fayne, PepsiCo
Brian Flynn, Director, William Blair
Ron Puvak, Executive Director, CPA
A fast-paced, dynamic session exploring the rapidly-evolving contract packaging and manufacturing industries. Based on the 2021 Contract Packaging Association’s State of the Industry Report. Flexible packaging is the leading and fastest-growing format in the $76 billion US contract packaging industry. We will look at the growth, innovation, and changes through 2025 based on our exclusive research. Brands depend upon contract packagers more than ever. How did Covid impact these relationships, and how are contract packagers helping brands emerge as stronger competitors going forward? What trends are shaping the industry, and how can brands benefit? What are the impacts of the labor shortage on automation investment and package development? How are leading brands leveraging contract manufacturers to maximize their competitive position in 2021 and beyond? These and more questions will be explored and answered.
Betsy Dorn, Principal, Circular Matters LLC
Flexible plastic packaging has experienced phenomenal growth over the last two decades -- now exceeding all other packaging forms in the U.S. except for corrugated containers and claiming 19% of the $170 Billion U.S. consumer goods packaging market. As the U.S. market share for flexible packaging has grown, so has the concern over lack of sustainable end-of-life management options for this type of packaging. Increasingly, companies are working to design more recyclable packaging with the hope that recycling systems will grow to accept this material.
Given that municipal recycling programs are working to reduce contamination and accept only materials that can be economically recovered, processed and marketed, is it realistic to believe that flexible plastic packaging will ever be accepted in curbside recycling programs? Are store drop-offs really a viable recycling option over the long term? In this presentation, the speaker will describe existing and emerging opportunities for recycling flexible packaging along with associated challenges and limitations. Possible strategies will be presented for overcoming these challenges and clearing a path so that flexibles can make the transition from being non-recyclable, to "recycle ready," to actually being recycled.
Nicole Juntunen, Vice President of Commercial and Business Development, Aeroflexx
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