Global Pouch West

November 13 - 15, 2018

Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes
Tempe, AZ

How Pouches Net Seafood Shoppers
Jan Tharp, Interim President & CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods

Consumers, especially young shoppers, have new expectations when shopping for shelf-stable seafood. They want it to be healthy, fresh-tasting and minimally processed. Seafood companies are finding several innovations in pouches that can help them deliver product that meets those criteria. Bumble Bee Seafood’s interim CEO examines why innovations in pouches are opening new possibilities for the industry – not only on retail shelves but also in foodservice applications. In addition, she explains the potential of flexible packaging in helping the seafood industry hook more customers.

Jan Tharp is Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for Bumble Bee Seafoods. Prior to this role, Jan held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Bumble Bee Seafoods is North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company. The company self-manufactures or co-manufactures in over 20 countries. Ms. Tharp received her undergraduate degree Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University and a dual MBA in International Business from London Business School in London, England and Columbia University in New York. Ms. Tharp is an Executive Council member of PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network and the Co-Chair of the Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network which serves to recruit, retain and advance women in the processing and packaging industry.

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