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Experts to examine critical issues in food and beverage packaging

Lisa McTigue Pierce

April 27, 2015

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Experts to examine critical issues in food and beverage packaging

From grocery ecommerce and production platform shifts to size trends and consumer preferences, Packaging Digest’s 2015 Global Food & Beverage Packaging Summit tackles today’s hot topics, as well as provides astute direction for the future for packaging engineers and executives.

Did you know…

  • PepsiCo doesn’t want “monster machines” for its packaging lines.

  • Ecommerce economics are transforming the food and beverage markets. For example, direct-to-consumer sales let wine makers keep the entire margin instead of having to share it with distributors.

  • Elderly consumers find water bottles and cereal boxes among the most frustrating to open.

  • Smaller packs that are easy to carry and store are key to unlocking sales in mega-cities.

These were just some of the many insights revealed at the 2014 Global Food & Beverage Packaging Summit. Which is why I’m excited to share details about the line-up for this year’s event.

We put months of research into the program for the 2015 Global Food & Beverage Packaging Summit (July 7-8; Chicago) to make sure we tackle today’s hot topics, as well as provide astute direction for the future. Attendees—an exclusive group of packaging executives and engineers—will hear from their peers and industry thought leaders, such as Kraft Foods, MillerCoors and Mondelez Intl., on innovation, sustainability, economics and more. The program starts with keynote and plenary presentations then splits into two tracks with sessions for Marketing & Branding Strategies and Technical Intelligence for Manufacturing Production & Engineering.

Among the topics on the agenda are:

  • Smart Technologies, Intelligent Labels & Sensor Development: Tools to Help When the “Best By” Date May Not Be Enough

  • Weighing the Impact of the Growing Direct-to-Consumer Delivery Movement

  • Single Serving Portion Packaging to Satisfy the On-the-Go Consumer, Smaller Families and Impulse Buyers

  • How to Stay in the Game with a Rigid to Flexible Conversion

  • Clean Label Design in Response to the Demand for Healthy & Honest Products

  • Lightweighting without Sacrificing Shelf Life & Product Performance

New this year is an Exhibitor Showcase where attendees can meet with leading and entrepreneurial packaging suppliers that have unique solutions for the food and beverage markets. Also, a new mobile app for various electronic devices puts a convenient event calendar, a real-time community activity feed and more at your fingertips. Participants can see who else is attending and create a personalized schedule of conference sessions and meetings in advance (the app goes live about four weeks before the event), as well as on the spot.

Another plus: The Summit is ideally located in downtown Chicago, my hometown and a vibrant city that offers much in the way of entertainment, good food and friendly people.

Registration is now open!

I hope to see you at the Global Food & Beverage Packaging Summit in Chicago, July 7-8, at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile.

About the Author(s)

Lisa McTigue Pierce

Executive Editor, Packaging Digest

Lisa McTigue Pierce is Executive Editor of Packaging Digest. She’s been a packaging media journalist since 1982 and tracks emerging trends, new technologies, and best practices across a spectrum of markets for the publication’s global community. Reach her at [email protected] or 630-272-1774.

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