2020 Agenda

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6:00 - 7:30 PM
Grand Ballroom ABCD
Global Pouch Forum Welcome Reception

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7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Grand Ballroom ABCD
Breakfast

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8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Opening Remarks

Moderator


8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Keynote Presentation:
How the Pouch Adds Another Factor to HFactor Water

Gail Levy, CEO, HFactor

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9:30 - 10:00 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
State of the Flexible Packaging Industry and Where it's Headed

Kathy Bolhous, FPA Vice Chairman, Charter NEX CEO

Kathy Bolhous, President and 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.


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Networking Break

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10:30 - 11:00 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Challenges Facing Frozen Food Packaging

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


11:00 - 11:30 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Creating Packaging For the Rapidly Evolving Cannabis Market

Steven Dang, CEO, Flavr

Jim Andrasic, COO, American Pouch Converters

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Regulations Affecting Cannabis Packaging

Mark Thompson, Partner, Keller & Heckman


12:00 - 1:30 PM
Grand Ballroom ABCD
Networking Lunch

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1:30 - 2:00 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
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.


2:00 - 2:30 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Beverages in Pouches

Irene Rojas Stanbury, CEO, Lemonkind

Alex Hoffer, Chief Revenue Officer, Hoffer Plastics


2:30 - 3:00 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Machinery Innovations for Flexible Packaging

Tom Egan, VP Industry Services, PMMI


3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Networking Break

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3:30 - 4:00 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Future of Plasma Gasification

Bruce Welt, Professor, University of Florida


4:00 - 4:30 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Four Scenarios for Plastic Recycling

Charles Williard, Senior Research Associate Lux Research


4:30 - 5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Flexible Sustainability Panel

Moderator: Dennis Calamusa, Founder/CEO, ALLIEDFLEX


5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Grand Ballroom ABCD
Networking Reception and Exhibition

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7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Breakfast

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8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Opening Remarks

Moderator


8:45 - 9:15 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
The Future of Packaging 2030: A provocative look at the future of packaging and what it means for Flexible Packaging in 2020

Brian Wagner, Principal, PTIS

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.


9:15 - 9:45 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Effective Cost Modeling for Packaging Production

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.


9:45 - 10:15 AM
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Networking Break

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10:15 - 10:45 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
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.


10:45 - 11:30 AM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
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.


11:30 - 12:00 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
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.


12:00 PM
Grand Ballroom EFGH
Final Comments and Conference Adjourns

Moderator


Platinum Sponsor

Charter NEX

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AMCOR Berry Dow Elplast Sonoco
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DNP Hoffer Plastics Dow Preco smart plastic UFlex
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