PackExpo highlights trends in sector

By staff reporter

- Last updated on GMT

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One of the world's biggest food packaging and processing
exhibitions begins in the US city ofChicago next week, bringing
together new technologies and techniques under one roof.

The PackExpo show allows processors to browse through about 2,000 packaging and processing exhibitors, according to organisers. It runs alongside a relatedexhibition on processing equipment.

The show's highlights include sections of the exhibition focusing on branded packaging, brandprotection, containers and materials, contract packaging, and on radio frequency identificationtechnologies.

PackExpo opens its doors on 29 October and runs until 2 November. Conference sessions kick off on30 October with a speech by Sonoco Products chairman Harris DeLoach.

He plans to discuss how the packaging industry must transform itself from being viewed simply asa supplier of product necessary for going to market to a partner capable of meeting rapidly changingcustomer demands.

"These include, among many, desire for ongoing productivity improvement, need forcontinuous product and service innovation, desire for faster speed-to-market, a better venue forcommunicating with consumers than provided by typical mass media and a growing appetite by customersfor greater outsourcing of total packaging supply chain requirements,"​ he stated in asynopsis of his presentation. "The impact on packaging companies of these and other changingcustomer requirements will be determined in large part by whether we in the industry view them asopportunities or threats."

The following day NatureWorks president and chief executive Dennis McGrew will talk about thegrowing bio-resin market. NatureWorks produces a biodegradable packaging polymer derived from corn.

The next day's presenter is sure to draw a big crowd. Wal-Mart's Amy Zettlemoyer, director of packagingfor the Sam's Club brand, and Matt Kistler vice president of package and product innovations, will present the company's strategy goingforward.

"In this keynote presentation, Amy Zettlemoyer and Matt Kistler will provide insights into some of company's packaging innovations and how they relate to consumer and environmentaltrends,"​ organisers stated.

PackExpo is organised by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.

Ahmed ElAmin, editor of FoodProductionDaily.com, will be present at the show. You can contact himat nuzrq.rynzva@qrpvfvbaarjf.pbz​.

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