December 6, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 AM
8:30 - 8:45 AM
John Kalkowski, Conference Director
Packaging Strategies/Global Pouch West
8:45 - 9:30 AM
How Flexible Packaging Fits Into the Circular Economy
Nina Goodrich, Executive Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition
A circular economy aims to systematically eliminate waste throughout all products’ lifecycles, retaining as much as possible of the material, energy, and labor value that goes into each product. Keynote speaker Nina Goodrich, executive director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, explains how consumer packaged goods companies are recognizing this problem and what they can do to minimize the waste of packaging resources. For this conference, she will closely examine the advantages and disadvantages of laminated flexible packaging—and how pouches might play an improved role in our move toward a circular economy.
9:30 - 10:00 AM
Trends in Flexible Packaging
Ciaran Little, Director of Operations - Americas, Smithers Pira
Smithers Pira is a leader in marketing and technical services for packaging with a global market focus combining industry expertise and strong relationships with key business decision makers. Smithers Pira uses its own team of experts and an extensive global network of leading consultants and researchers to study market sizing, forecasting and assessing the impact of technology and trends on packaging in more than 50 countries. In his presentation, the Smithers Information director for the Americas, will provide insights on the global outlook for flexible packaging, including:
• Headline drivers for growth in flexible packaging
• Key developments by end-use market
• Key developments by region
• Key developments by pack type
• Top 5 opportunities in the pouch market
10:00 - 10:30 AM
10:30 - 11:00 AM
Flex Pack Market Trends with Audience Polling
Sal Pellingra, VP Innovation & Technology, ProAmpac
An impactful overview of recent market trends in packaging focused on products packaged in flexible packaging including functionality, sustainability, regionalization and shelf impact. The dynamic presentation will be highlighted and supported by real time audience polling and interaction.
11:00 - 11:30 AM
Pouches' Role in Ensuring Food Safety
Will Daniels, President & CEO, Fresh Integrity Group, Inc.
Food safety continues to be at the forefront of concern for consumers, retailers and regulators. More and more food products are packaged in ways that bring convenience, accessibility and value to the consumer. As innovative pouched products emerge, are they fully taking into account the food safety implications? In this session, participants will learn what pouches can and can’t do with respect to ensuring food safety.
11:30 - Noon
From Simmer to Boil: Artisan Broths in Pouches
Katherine Harvey, CEO/Co-Founder, Bare Bones Broth
Bare Bones was one of the first bone broths packaged and shipped directly to consumers. Bare Bones not only helped pioneer a new subcategory, but the company also helped pioneer a new packaging and delivery method for one of the nation's oldest food categories: Soup and broth. In this presentation, CEO and co-founder Katherine Harvey will talk about the research and consumer demands that led them to put broth in a pouch instead of the more-familiar boxes and cans, along with the new challenges and opportunities this choice posed for them.
Noon - 1:15 PM
1:15 - 1:45 PM
The End-of-Life Challenge for Flexible Packaging - Multilayer Films, Barrier Structures and Pouches
Terence Cooper, CEO, Argo Group International
Pouch packaging consumes much less materials and energy than other packaging types, generates less packaging and product waste (particularly food) and has favorable LCAs. However, environmental groups oppose it since mechanical recycling is difficult. The industry is fighting back to eliminate landfilling and improve consumer perception by developing new materials and designs, better collection and sorting systems, and improved recycling and recovery processes. End-of-life developments are reviewed, including new packaging systems that facilitate mechanical recyclability, such as reduction in polymer types and layers as well as barrier adhesives and coatings; and advances in sorting, recycling and recovery, such as delamination processes and pyrolytic waste-to-energy, liquid fuels and chemicals systems.
1:45 - 2:15 PM
The Interdependence of Stand-Up Pouches and Shelf-Ready Packaging
Chet Rutledge, Marketing Director, Vanguard Packaging
Flexible packaging, pouches and corrugated packaging must work together to protect, ship and sell more products. Many people are switching cartons to pouches with the initial thought they are reducing their corrugate demand as the case footprint changes. In reality they are increasing the performance demands on the shipper case. This presentation will explore how primary packaging and secondary/tertiary packaging can be complimentary and develop a complete delivery system that can meet retailer needs for retail/shelf-ready packaging, reduces damages and offers a better customer experience.
2:15 - 2:45 PM
Conquering the Trail with Flexible Packaging
With the health & wellness nutrition bar category becoming crowded and saturated, Wes King decided to take his brand, Tahoe Trail Bar, down to the studs and reinvent it for a new generation of consumers. The strategic business/brand discussion included the critical role packaging would play when introducing a wide array of flavors as well as future line extensions in flexible pouches. A change in pack materials and a move to print them in the US helped boost shelf impact. The strategy to massively increase sales, shelf visibility and encourage better placements appeals to consumers as well as retail buyers.
2:45 - 3:15 PM
3:15 - 3:45 PM
Seeing Packaging Through the Consumer's Eyes
Rodney Weaver, Senior Business Development Manager, Sealed Air
As Packaging Professionals, we see products and packaging differently. So, how does the consumer view packaging? Together, we'll take a journey through the grocery store to look at various products and the role that packaging plays. We'll explore items such as process methods, packaging materials, convenience features, shelf life extension, product protection and graphic communication.
3:45 - 4:30 PM
Zipping Child Safety in Pouch Packaging
Robert Hogan, Zip-Pak
Universal package design—making packages which are easy to use for children, seniors and everyone in between— is no longer an option for many product applications. Brand owners of products from colorful, soft dishwasher detergent tabs to cannabis edibles now want to prevent children from accessing these products to protect their safety. In this topical presentation, Robert will discuss the increased interest in child-resistant packaging, share the industry standards that have been developed and offer a roadmap on how to get a package approved for Child Resistance. Will Child Resistant packaging become a trend comparable to tamper evident packaging after the Tylenol poisonings in 1982? What other products will brand owners want to prevent children from accessing?
4:30 - 7:00 PM
Exhibition & Networking Reception