December 7, 2017

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7:00 AM

Registration Opens

7:00 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

John Kalkowski, Conference Director
Packaging Strategies/Global Pouch West

8:45 - 9:15 AM

Passionate About Packaging: A Business Owner's Perspective

Mark Howley, CEO, Pacific Bag


Mark uses 30 years of experience in consumer goods flexible packaging to deliver a humorous, lively, and practical roadmap to identify some keys to the pursuit of professional and personal advancement. Mark speaks about "the 3Ps": Passion, People, and Perseverance and how small business success requires staying on top of market trends, leveraging employee skills with small business management, and balancing the pressure from personal and professional demands.


9:15 - 10:30 AM

Novel Film Materials for Stand-Up Pouches

Moderator:Scott Wilkins, Lead Consultant, Scorcia Packaging Resoures
Jill Martin, Packaging & Specialty Plastics Fellow, Dow Chemical Company
Bill Handy, Americas Marketing Director, Jindal Films
Seth Holmen, Director of Technology, American Packaging Corporation
Mike Greely, Senior VP & Sales Manager, Totani America

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New films have been developed that change the way pouches are being put together versus traditional PET/PE or PET/MetPET/PE pouch production. To meet the demand for recycling, companies are developing all-PE pouches which will meet approval requirements of the How2Recycle program. This program requires novel materials to allow for stiffness and barrier without PET or MetPET in the structure. For source reduction and cost savings, oriented PP and PE films offer advantages in stiffness and other performance attributes over blown PE to allow for downgauging. To meet millennial consumers’ preferences, AlOx and SiOx are gaining in popularity as barrier materials that allow consumers to see whole, fresh ingredients inside the packages.


This session will explore how:

• Traditional pouch formats will continue to maintain a majority of the market share, but new formats are providing differentiation in the marketplace.

• Innovation has taken place throughout the value chain, including new materials by resin suppliers, modified or new manufacturing equipment, novel film designs, and modified converting and end use equipment.

• Innovations are being driven to satisfy initiatives such as cost savings throughout the value chain and Walmart’s Sustainable Packaging Playbook.

• Global regulations also play a part in changes in materials, for instance, Japan banning CFCs in packaging and India’s desire to move to mono-materials.

• Newer sealant webs include high-seal strength OPP and biaxially oriented PE reduce cost while improving stiffness and puncture. There are advantages and disadvantages with each material versus traditional pouch films.


10:30 - 11:00 AM

Networking Break


11:00 - 11:30 AM

Shelf-Stable Liquid Foods and Beverages - A Flexible Perspective

Danny Beard, Consultant, Packaging Specialists


Pouch use is growing across the food and beverage industry. However, filling liquid products into pouches can be challenging. As an independent consultant focused on flexible packaging of liquids, Dan Beard has worked with numerous companies to provide support as they navigate the very complex liquid flexible packaging industry.

Dan will provide an unbiased overview of the commercial options for filling equipment for the various food processing techniques. Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of the available equipment and which direction might make the most sense for them. Major points include:

• Dramatic changes in filling equipment for pouches. How do they compare?

• Should I buy now or wait for more changes?

• Hot-fill vs Retort vs Aseptic vs HPP. Which processing technology wins for pouches?


11:30 - 12:00 PM

How Ultrasonic Sealing Works and Why You Should Consider It

Bill Aurand, Packaging Technology Manager, Sonics & Materials


Ultrasonic sealing has become a popular process in the world of pouch sealing. Despite its popularity, many people do not fully understand how ultrasonic sealing actually works. In this presentation we will clearly explain what is occurring during the ultrasonic sealing process and the theory behind it. We will also provide a comprehensive description of the benefits that can be expected when ultrasonic sealing is implemented for use with pouch top seals. Finally, we will explore additional potential benefits and possible future uses of ultrasonic sealing in standup pouches.


12:00 PM

Conference Adjourns