November 14, 2018
Registration Opens - Kachina Foyer
7:00 - 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast - Top of the Rock
8:30 - 8:45 AM
Opening Remarks, General Sessions - Kachina Ballroom
John Kalkowski, Conference Program Director
Editor-in-Chief Packaging Strategies
8:45 - 9:30 AM
How Pouches Net Seafood Shoppers
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.
9:30 - 10:00 AM
Flexible Packaging – Key Growth Opportunities in North America and Beyond
Demand for flexible packaging is set to continue to grow globally into the future. As the market evolves it is also creating new requirements for technical innovation and opening new spaces for flexible formats. Duane Neidert – the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry, will be sharing exclusive market data and expert analysis on this rapidly developing segment. This will include key insight in to current and future demand for flexible formats across different end-use markets in North America, and other key worldwide markets as the packaging industry reacts to new business and consumer needs. Neidert will also explore the key emergent product, material and component trends in flexible packaging, including:
- Innovation in closures
- The commercialisation of biopolymer packaging
- Demand for packaging for E-commerce sales
- The potential of brand differentiation with digital printing
10:00 - 10:30 AM
Networking Break - Kachina Patio
10:30 - 11:00 AM
Data Drives Operational Efficiency
Applying the latest technology to improve operations is not ‘rocket science’, and no longer requires an engineer or statistician on staff. Harnessing big data from the shop floor and from digital print and finishing equipment is the basis of powerful analytics that identify opportunities to improve workflow; improve staff communication, motivation and training; reduce waste; improve uptime and reduce cost.
Recent white papers note that increasing productivity is three times more important than equipment purchase price, “... productivity driven by automation, innovation, and technology embedded equipment drives down costs and increased financial performance.” KPI (Key Performance Indicators like OEE, which combines availability, quality and performance into a single KPI, are used to track improvement over time.
- Without data there are just many opinions.
- Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Artificial Intelligence are more than just buzzwords.
- Packaging production is manufacturing.
11:00 - 11:30 AM
Taking a Holistic Approach to E-Commerce Packaging
E-commerce sales growth is exposing traditional packaging to a new supply chain of increased touchpoints, which the packaging has not been optimized for. This leads to new challenges including: product damage, the total package cost, and environmental impact. To address these issues, the packaging value chain may need to assess the durability of traditional packaging and take a holistic approach to evaluate new primary, secondary, or tertiary package designs. This presentation will review the high performance packaging resin platforms and structures that could be used to unlock new formats that packaging engineers and designers can use as they begin this holistic design revaluation.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Strategic Approaches to the Global Plastic Pushback
Marine debris, China Sword, collection and end-market challenges are creating a global momentum against single-use plastic packaging. Yet we know there are significant benefits to pouches that lend value beyond their limited end-of-life recovery options. Is there a middle ground? What’s happening to resolve these challenges and how can companies drive opportunity in this space? This session will help you look strategically at the challenges and opportunities surrounding pouches to ensure you can maintain an edge in an increasingly complex environment.
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Networking Lunch - Hopi Ballroom
1:15 - 1:45 PM
Maximizing Pouch Opportunities in the Modern Contract Packaging Industry
The North American contract packaging industry continues to grow 4X faster than the food/CPG market. The industry is also consolidating as record amounts of new investment capital reshapes companies. Forces that are changing the food and CPG industry, such as the 3G Effect, the Amazon Effect, SKU proliferation and more are also producing tremendous new opportunities for vendors, customers, and investors.
The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) recently 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 West, the CPA will share the highlights of this report, emphasizing opportunities and revealing facts and industry insights. Get a front-row seat to the drivers reshaping the contract packaging industry. Global Pouch West attendees will leave with new, actionable information on the industry, and how they can maximize opportunities within it.
1:45 - 2:15 PM
Avoiding the Pitfall of Price
We’ve all done it. We’ve all been seduced by an attractive price, only to find out later that in the long run, we’ve spent dollars to save pennies...
Today’s pouch converters are feeling the squeeze like never before. On the one hand, vendors continue to raise raw materials pricing, while labor costs continue to rise. On the other hand, their customers demand lower prices on their pouches because they now consider the standard SUP a commodity product. This presentation will explore the practical ways your next pouch machinery purchase can actively help to rebuild eroding profit margins, both short-term and long-term.
2:15 - 2:45 PM
How Flexible Packaging Machinery Technologies Are Evolving based on Market Demands
Today’s innovative global flexible packaging machinery manufacturers are evolving along with market demand. Although production demands are increasing so is the need for flexibility to accommodate a wide variety of sizes and flexible packaging formats. Let’s explore the market and technology shifts that are impacting the new generation of pouch packaging machinery, pouch processing and pouch automation solutions.
2:45 - 3:15 PM
Networking Break - Kachina Patio
3:15 - 3:45 PM
Controlling Oxygen Ingress into Pouches
Consumers want to see real ingredients, fewer preservatives, and artisanal food products in transparent, microwavable packages. However, these products are often susceptible to rancidity or mold growth, making it difficult to maintain quality throughout shelf life. Conversions from rigid or foil are challenging because of the lack of accurate oxygen tolerance information and the long targeted shelf life of these shelf stable food products, resulting in protracted new product development. On-going industry consolidations and emerging retail channels also influence evolving packaging requirements. All of this highlights the need for improved, durable barrier technologies, which enable clean label, extended shelf life, longer production runs, and wider distribution benefits. AdvanSix will present its comprehensive approach to reducing both the time-to-market and risk associated with qualifying alternative barriers, along with how their oxygen scavenger can be a key factor in the food and flexible pouch innovation process.
3:45 - 4:30 PM
Nylons to Overcome e-Commerce Food Packaging Needs
UBE will discuss the evolution of nylons into new copolymers that can be used to overcome the limitations of traditional nylons in the e-commerce of food packaging in terms of abuse and structural material and aroma barrier. They will show that the new materials will provide the protection, strength and flexibility that are necessary in this relatively new distribution channel. Furthermore, UBE will discuss the developments of materials for food packages (especially Pouches) in e-commerce that is being conducted in collaboration with academia.