2018 Agenda

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2018 Global Pouch Forum Pre-Event Functions
Wednesday, June 13th

10:00 AM
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Registration Opens

Registration Hospitality sponsored by





karlville full

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tour of Karlville's Miami Headquarters & Technology Center
3600 N.W. 59th Street, Miami FL 33142


Karlville Solutions Showcase during
Global Pouch Forum 2018 was a great success


Karlville Solutions Showcase was a great opportunity for this year’s Global Pouch Forum attendees to learn about the latest flexible packaging innovations. Over 300 guests including customers, prospects, brand owners, co-packer, suppliers and partners, where able to tour Karlville’s Tech Center in Miami to see all machinery highlights presented this year.


We received the unconditional support of our sponsors: HP, Dow, 3M, Widmann, HDGebeam, Pearl Technologies, Thom, ePac, Green Plant and Hiperbaric, who made it all possible for a unique experience all attendees enjoyed.

We feel proud to offer a platform that promotes innovation and collaboration in the industry and we look forward to hosting this event in the future.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible!


Raul Matos, VP Sales & Marketing
Karlville Development

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6:00 – 7:30 PM
Global Pouch Forum Welcome Reception

Sponsored by: charternex


Registration Bag sponsored by   slide rite

Badge Lanyards sponsored by  bemis

Workbook sponsored by   zippak

WiFi sponsored by   printpack

Charging Station sponsored by exxon

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2018 Global Pouch Forum
Thursday, June 14th

7:00 AM
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Registration Opens

7:00 - 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by



8:30 - 8:40 AM
Grand Ballroom
Opening Remarks

John Kalkowski
Conference Director & Editor-in-Chief, Packaging Strategies


8:40 - 9:15 AM
Grand Ballroom


Introduction by Platinum Sponsor:

Sal Pellingra
VP Global Application and Innovation Development



 Explosive Growth in Pet Food: A Story of One Blue Dog’s Adventure with Flexible Packaging

kopplemanEric Koppelman
Chief Revenue Officer
Blue Dog Bakery

In recent years, people have been making a push for transparent labels and cleaner ingredients in their own food. Today, we’re seeing this trend spill over into the pet food industry, affecting the way we source ingredients, create recipes, market our products and design our packages. This presentation will provide the audience with an overview of the latest trends in pet food, and how companies can embrace the all-natural movement with visually-engaging packaging and compelling messaging that connects with consumers in the aisles.

BroadcastingLive2 Sponsored by proampac

9:15 - 9:45 AM
Grand Ballroom
The State of the Flexible Packaging Industry

keaneAlison Keane, Esq.
President and CEO
Flexible Packaging Assn. (FPA)

Alison Keane will discuss the state of the industry, including current statistics on packaging market and category segments; legislative and regulatory challenges and opportunities; brand owner and consumer insights; and FPA’s education and outreach campaign on behalf of the industry.

 BroadcastingLive2  sponsored by  exxon


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

Sponsored by

10:15 - 10:45 AM
Grand Ballroom
Creating Consumer Engagement with Flexible Packaging

pellingraSal Pellingra
VP Global Application and Innovation Development

This session will explore current trends and innovations in sustainability, functionality, design, e-commerce and smart packaging. It will discuss how these trends are building consumer engagement with packaging and the product. The session will also examine how these trends are leading to more opportunities to replace rigid containers with flexible packaging and pouches, the overall lifecycle of materials and the challenges packaging materials face as an essential part of the product’s value.

BroadcastingLive2 Sponsored by polyplex


10:45 - 11:30 AM
Grand Ballroom
Why Digital Print is Gaining Ground in Flexible Packaging

joachimCarl Joachim
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer
ePac Flexible Packaging

This session will cover market dynamics driving growth in digital printing in the flexible packaging market, why brands should pay close attention, and how businesses of all sizes can benefit from digital's unique value proposition. Mr. Joachim will exemplify his points through the use of actual customer case studies.

 BroadcastingLive2  Sponsored by hp


11:30 - 12:00 PM
Grand Ballroom
Squeeze the Day! Building Consumer Confidence with Clear Packaging

goodBrooke Goodrich
Senior Marketing Manager
Tree Top Inc.

gioldasisPete Gioldasis
Director of Product Marketing, Consumer Packaging


Join Sonoco and Tree Top, Inc. to learn about their shared success story from a Brand, Packaging Supplier, and Consumer perspective. Tree Top, a grower-owned fruit cooperative and provider of fruit products and ingredients, will share details around their recent product launch including: project genesis, how they are marketing the product and driving consumer trial & confidence. Sonoco, a global provider of innovative packaging solutions, will share results from independent Consumer Insights testing: including packaging preferences around clarity, as well as details around the technical challenges of providing clear, high barrier packaging.

Key Messages:

  • Clear pouch packaging solves consumer issue, drives brand differentiation, and reinforces corporate beliefs in transparency and trust
  • Innovative packaging can drive the consumer brand experience
  • Collaboration drives speed to market and seamless implementation


12:00 - 1:30 PM
Bayfront Room
Networking Lunch

Sponsored by



1:30 - 2:00 PM
Grand Ballroom
What Companies Can Do about Packaging-Related Ocean Pollution

colabelloLia Colabello
Plastic Pollution Solutions

Plastic pollution is entering our waterways and ocean at an astounding rate. Researchers estimate that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight). This session will discuss the impacts and solutions to what has been described as a global waste crisis. It will also touch on international policies and corporate initiatives that have been announced in response to the rising tide of consumer concern.


2:00 - 3:30 PM
Grand Ballroom
End-of-Life Management for Pouches

dornBetsy Dorn

clarkDavid Clark
VP Sustainability

Rachel GoldsteinRachel Goldstein
Global Sustainability Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
Mars, Incorporated

Pressure is mounting on the plastics industry, retailers, and brand owners to reduce the environmental impact and further increase the sustainability of plastic packaging. Great strides have been achieved in source reduction via packaging redesign, however substantial challenges remain in managing plastic packaging at end of life. Even the most recyclable forms of plastic packaging are prevalent as litter and marine debris, prompting an outright consumer backlash against single use plastic packaging and utensils such as straws, in particular. In this session, speakers will share their perspectives on the evolving nature of end-of-life expectations for flexible packaging, how various industry stakeholders are responding, and the implications for future pouch design as well as producer responsibility.


3:30 - 4:00 PM
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Networking Break

Sponsored by


4:00 - 4:30 PM
Grand Ballroom
Innovating Your Innovation

martinRobby Martin
Senior Commercialization Manager
Bush Brothers & Co.

Pursuing innovation is at the forefront for many organizations these days. Recent industry news items include organizational changes to better achieve innovation goals. But, with the feelings of discomfort, angst, and even fear that many organizations experience with these changes, do we have to get this change right the first time? Or, is there value in taking an “innovative” approach to the innovation changes desired within the organization? And what in the world do we do if/when we get stuck? Don’t miss this discussion from someone who has been in the trenches, and shares a few lessons learned from his most recent journeys into the innovation space.


4:30 - 5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom
The Future of Contract Packaging: Maximizing Business Opportunities in this High-Growth Sector

melvilleCarl Melville
Founder & CMO
The Melville Group

Fact: The Contract Packaging industry is growing up to 4X faster than overall food/CPG, creating new business opportunities for vendors, customers, and investors. The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) just released a landmark study based on over 120 CEO / Owner / Executive interviews, plus extensive additional research. The result is an industry roadmap to opportunities in this rapidly growing sector. At this year’s Global Pouch Forum, the CPA will sharethe unique highlights of this report, emphasizing opportunities and revealing facts and industry insights not available elsewhere.

The 154-page, 16-chapter report, produced by The Melville Group, will be presented by Carl Melville, the study author, and 22-year industry veteran. Attendees, including customers, vendors, and investors, will find the content engaging, challenging and informative. The CPA’s objective is to reveal the deep changes, rapid growth, and significant industry opportunities in contract packaging and contract manufacturing.



5:00 - 7:30 PM
Mezzanine and Biscayne Ballroom
Global Pouch Exhibition & Networking Reception

Sponsored by 


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2018 Global Pouch Forum
Friday, June 15th

7:00 AM
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Registration Opens

7:00 - 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by


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

John Kalkowski
Conference Director, Packaging Strategies


8:45 - 9:15 AM
Grand Ballroom
The Symbiotic Relationship Between Pouches and HPP

lorsungGrant Lorsung
True Fresh HPP

True Fresh HPP provides processors of food and beverages with the state of the art HPP and value-added services ensuring food safety and extending shelf-life without the use of preservations or heat. True Fresh HPP is the single largest HPP tolling facility under one roof in Northern America operating 4 Hiperbaric 525’s with an annual capacity of 100 million lbs. HPP technology demonstrates the ability to extend chilled shelf life up to 10x normal expectations. As a result this allows manufacturers to supply fresh, refrigerated products that are Clean, Wholesome, Safe and Long Lasting as a national program while simultaneously increasing operational efficiencies.


9:15 - 9:45 AM
Grand Ballroom
A Flexible Future in Pool Chemicals

boydKaren Boyd
Senior Packaging Engineer
Lonza Corporation

Scott MitchellScott Mitchell
Market Development Manager

Lonza recently made the decision to sell its pool chemicals in a flat-bottom, premade bag. This presentation discusses the factors in their decision to go with that packaging. It provides a technical description of the base material and converted package, which is a PET/PE flat-bottom, premade bag. It offers a description of how they worked with their supplier to prepare a comparative return on investment analysis of the technology, in context with comparable technologies. Their analysis also included retailer and end-user benefits, such as outdoor storage, less packaging, clear gussets to see the product inside,lowered shipping costs, retail ready packaging and increased shelf presence.


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

Sponsored by


10:15 - 10:45 AM
Grand Ballroom
Retort Pouch Manufacturing - Overcoming Unique Operational Challenges

Julian StaufferJulian Stauffer
Chief Operating Officer
PTI - Packaging Technologies & Inspection

For over a century, the can has been the most common package format for cooked and preserved food products.  Easy to stack, years of shelf life, and a package recognized by all.  Times are changing in North America, and the appreciation for innovative package formats is increasing.  Shelf stable food products in retort pouches have experienced significant growth in recent years.  For brand owners, the pouch is a billboard for their brand, an opportunity for newer products, and a lower variable cost structure.  For manufacturers contemplating the transition to pouch, there are unique operational challenges and a learning curve that may dissuade most, but technology has evolved.  Today there are a variety of effective solutions for improved efficiency, performance, and quality. This presentation will cover the following critical aspects of retort pouch manufacturing:  Packaging Machinery, Retort Processing, and Quality Control technologies.


10:45 - 11:15 AM
Grand Ballroom
Accelerating New Technology Into the Market

hansenSydney Hansen
Marketing Manager
The Dow Chemical Company


There are many large consumer trends in packaging that have been emerging including e-commerce, customizations, added functionality, and sustainability. Responding to these trends can be challenging as it is not always easy to rapidly change packaging, especially when undergoing a whole-sale material conversion. Considering the total pouch and its rippling affects down the supply chain is key, and Dow has worked with a network of partners in the value chain to help incubate and accelerate changes in flexible packaging to respond to these large consumer trends.


11:15 - 11:45 AM
Grand Ballroom
Success Through Collaboration in Recyclable Stand-Up Pouch Development

clareRob Clare
Applications Development Specialist
NOVA Chemicals

hammerScott Hammer
Product & Applications Manager
Charter NEX Films

potterDavid Potter
Vice President
Plastic Packaging Technologies


Major advances in innovative packaging are made possible by collaboration throughout the supply chain. NOVA Chemicals, a leading supplier of polyethylene (PE) in the Americas, CharterNEX, a major supplier of specialty packaging films, and Plastic Packaging Technologies (PPT), a well-known packaging converter, worked together to develop a recyclable high-performance pine nuts SUP for one of the largest brand owner-retailers in the US.

To achieve technical and commercial success, the project team leveraged each company’s expertise in PE materials, film manufacturing and packaging conversion. Just as importantly, they worked in a highly collaborative manner to deliver a commercially viable product in a very short time. The project was kicked off in July of 2017 and the final package, a premade HDPE-based SUP, has completed trials and will go into regional commercial production in early 2018. The project marked a major success with a leading brand, and demonstrates the value of close collaboration in developing innovative sustainable packaging solutions that meet brand owner and consumer needs.


11:45 - 12:15 PM
Grand Ballroom
Assessment of the Snack Foods Market: 2018 Packaging & Processing Trends in the Snack Foods Industry

billyDavid Billy
Project Manager
Dynovel, Inc.

Dynovel Inc. recently conducted a study for PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, to provide their members with insights and findings that explore the challenges, latest industry developments, trends and forecasts associated with packaging and processing equipment in the context of the Snack Foods market.

David will present a summary of the study results and explain how consumer and retail trends are likely to impact the investment in processing and packaging machinery from Snack Food manufacturers in the coming years.


12:15 PM
2018 Forum Adjourns

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