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  • Packaging Equity vs. Material Optimization

    15 February 2013

    Shriram Venkataraman, Sr. Director, Beverage Packaging R&D, PepsiCo will be presenting at Sustainability in Packaging 2013 on Striking the right balance: Packaging Equity vs. Material Optimization. Leading into this year's conference, Shriram previewed thoughts with us about the importance of this topic.

  • Packaging as a solution to food loss and waste - UN SAVE FOOD initiative

    05 February 2013

    Interview with Joseph Mpagalile, Agro Industry Officer, Agro-Food Industries Group, Rural Infrastructure & Agro-Industries Division, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations. Mpagalile is one of the keynote speakers at Sustainability in Packaging 2013 and will be addressing Food Waste and Food Packaging: Extent, Causes and Solutions, and the Link with Developing Countries.

  • Interview with Gary Piwko of Kellogg Company

    22 January 2013

    Gary Piwko, Director of Remarketing and Returns Management of Kellogg Company will be speaking at Sustainability in Packaging 2013 on Building More Value: Improved Packaging and Process Performance throughout the Product Lifecycle. Leading into this year’s conference, Gary shared with us why he thinks that the topic of ‘unsaleables’ is key for all packaging and sustainability professionals to get up-to-speed on and much more.

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Sustainability in Packaging 2013 agenda

Sustainability in Packaging 2013 was the most comprehensive and in-depth sustainable packaging event ever! The 2013 agenda featured more than 40 organizations who are leading the way on improving every aspect of the sustainable packaging supply chain.

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Morning -- Wednesday March 13th, 2013

Workshop #1 - Leveraging Life Cycle Assessment data in successful sustainable innovation and branding
Joseph Mecca, Senior Consultant, ERM and Nuno Carreira da Silva, Partner, ERM

Workshop #2 - Packaging Material Strategies for Sustainability
Anders Linde, Executive Director, AliaXion AB and Laura Rowell, Global Sustainable Packaging Manager - Consumer Packaging, Sonoco

Learn more about the workshops

Tour- Materials Recovery Facility >>>Click here for more details on the MRF tour!


Conference Day 1 -- Wednesday March 13th, 2013

12:00 p.m. Registration

12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks and presentation of the Advisory Board

  • Alan Blake, Consultant, Alan Blake Consulting and Executive Director, PAC Next
  • Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor, Packaging Digest
  • Ricardo Ruiz de Gopegui, Vice President - Branded Packaging Solutions, Belvac Production Machinery, Inc.
  • Laura Rowell, Global Sustainable Packaging Manager Consumer Products, Sonoco Packaging
  • Erin Simon, Senior Program Officer - Packaging, World Wildlife Fund
  • Kelly Scott Unger, Member Manager, The Sustainability Consortium

Learn more about our advisory board

Opening Keynotes

1:00 p.m. Packaging's Role in a More Sustainable Future
Dr. Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund

1:30 p.m. Food Waste and Food Packaging: Extent, Causes and Solutions, and the Link with Developing CountriesJoseph Mpagalile, Agro Industry Officer, Agro-Food Industries Group, Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
>>> Click here to read our interview with Joseph Mpagalile about the UN's new 'Save Food' initiative

Session 1: Maintaining the Value of Packaging

Chairs: Alan Blake, Consultant, Alan Blake Consulting and Executive Director, PAC Next and Erin Simon, Senior Program Officer - Packaging, World Wildlife Fund

Packaging Sustainability in the Context of the Food Value Chain
Anne Roulin, VP R&D Sustainability Manager, Nestlé

Packaging's Role in Supply Chain Sustainability
Dr. Ronald Cotterman, Vice President Sustainability, Sealed Air Corporation

Building More Value: Improved Packaging and Process Performance throughout the Product Lifecycle
Gary Piwko, Director of Remarketing and Returns Management, The Kellogg Company
>>> Click here to read our interview with Gary Piwko on 'Unsaleables'

Packaging as a Waste Prevention Tool
Dr. Daniel Abramowicz, Executive VP Technology & Regulatory Affairs, Crown Holdings, Inc


Networking break


Session 2: Packaging Optimization vs Source Reduction with Panel Discussion

Chairs: Laura Rowell, Global Sustainable Packaging Manager - Consumer Packaging, Sonoco and Alan Blake, Consultant, Alan Blake Consulting and Executive Director, PAC Next

Sustainable Packaging in Use: Starbucks' Earthsleeve
John Meccia, VP Paper Converting, Packaging, Consumer Goods and Construction Adhesives, Henkel Corporation

Striking the right balance: Packaging Equity vs. Material Optimization
Shriram Venkataraman, Sr. Director, Beverage Packaging R&D, PepsiCo
>>> Click here to read our interview with Shriram Venkataraman on packaging equity

Production Optimization: Streamlining the Production Process and Controlling Costs throughout the Packaging Life-Cycle
Keli Parker, Sr. Global Director, New Products & Services, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Panel discussion

Speakers from the session + Panelist:
Anne Roulin, VP R&D Sustainability Manager, Nestlé


Opening Reception


Conference Day 2 -- Thursday March 14th, 2013

Opening remarks
Chairs:
Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor, Packaging Digest and Ricardo Ruiz de Gopegui, Vice President - Branded Packaging Solutions, Belvac Production Machinery, Inc.

Keynote Address

8:20 a.m. Innovating Sustainability
Beto Lopez, Global Lead- Systems Design discipline, IDEO

Session 3: Sustainable Innovation that Turns into Supply Chain Efficiency

Chair: Alan Blake, Consultant, Alan Blake Consulting and Executive Director, PAC Next

Customer View of Green Packaging
Romi Lessig, Procurement Director - Regional Commodities, Dell

Rethinking the Box: How to Save Millions with Reusable Totes and Other Alternatives to Cardboard for Product Delivery
Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental Strategy, Office Depot

Does Sustainability Really Matter? Where We've Been and Where We're Going with Sustainability
Eric Hartman, Director of Packaging Technologies & Commercialization, Product Ventures

Recession: When Innovation Really Counts
Dr. Alastair MacGregor, CEO, Innovia Technology


Networking Break


Session 4: Impact of E-commerce on Packaging Design and Sustainability

Chair: Ricardo Ruiz de Gopegui, Vice President - Branded Packaging Solutions, Belvac Production Machinery, Inc.

E-commerce, Package Design, and Sustainability
Arnold Barlow, Senior Manager, Sustainability Solutions, UPS

Cartonization: The Smaller Way to Sustainable and Practical Shipping with Savings
Steven Martyn, Chief Strategic Officer, Invata Intralogistics

Sustainable Packaging at Staples - Quick Wins to Engaged Innovation
Cynthia Wilkinson, Director, Supply Chain Sustainability, Staples, Inc.


Lunch


Tracks - Concurrent sessions

Myths and realities on EPR from around the globe and across the supply chain: North America, Canada, Europe
Chairs:
Laura Rowell, Global Sustainable Packaging Manager - Consumer Packaging, Sonoco and Alan Blake, Consultant, Alan Blake Consulting and Executive Director, PAC Next

Learning from Canadian Stewardship Programs
Alan Blake, Executive Director, PAC Next

EPR Globally and Locally
Victor Bell, President, Environmental Packaging International

The Politics and Economics of Package Recycling Policies
Conrad MacKerron, Senior Program Director, As You Sow

Lessons from European Experience Panelists:

  • Jane Bickerstaffe, Director, INCPEN - The Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment
  • Anders Linde, Executive Director, AliaXion AB

Technology Developments
Chair:
Ricardo Ruiz de Gopegui, Vice President - Branded Packaging Solutions, Belvac Production Machinery, Inc.

Biomimicry Looking to Nature to Solve Human Problems
Joshua Scott Onysko, Founder/CEO, Pangea Organics

Shopper Experience Beyond Packaging
Lynda Locke, VP Strategic Development, Leggett & Platt SFG

How to Make Packaging Smart
Dr. Marc Koetse, Flexible Integrated Smart Systems, Holst Centre

Smart Packaging - Printed Functionalities for Product Quality Indication
Dr. Maria Smolander, Principal Scientist, VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND

Make Your Package Stand Out
Mike Licata, Business Development Director, Yupo Corporation America and Louis D Iovoli, Vice President: Strategic Partnerships & Marketing, Hammer Packaging


Networking


Tracks - Concurrent sessions

Bio Digesters and their Potential in Food Service Packaging and Energy Recovery for Bio Based Packaging
Chair:
Erin Simon, Senior Program Officer - Packaging, World Wildlife Fund

Bioplastics as Feedstock for Anaerobic Digestion
Norma McDonald, North America Sales Manager, Organic Waste Systems

Symbiosis of Chemistry and Biology: BASF's Biodegradable and Renewable Polymers
Prof. Dr. Andreas Künkel, Head of Biopolymer Research, BASF

Energy Recovery from Packaging and Food Waste using Anaerobic Fermentation
John Baldus, Sustainable Manufacturing Sector Specialist, Wisconsin State Energy Office and Mike Lizotte, Project Assistant to the Chancellor, UW Oshkosh

Dry Plug Flow Anaerobic Digestion as a Compostable Packaging Friendly Technology: Considerations from Europe
Rhodes Yepsen, Marketing Manager, Novamont North America

Open Innovation: Creating a platform for Sustainable Growth?
Chair:
Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor, Packaging Digest

How We Incorporate Sustainability into our New Product Introduction Process
Doreen Purpur, Packaging Manager, 3M Consumer Business Group

Innovative Packaging in Fresh-Cut; A Win-Win Case
Brian Zomorodi, SVP Technology & Quality, Ready Pac Foods Inc

Waste Nothing! The Elemental Essentialz formula
Theresa Harris, Founder, Elemental Essentialz

Please join your colleagues from for a grand evening reception in our exhibit hall sponsored by:

Arizona Chemical

Conference Day 3 -- Friday March 15th, 2013

Opening remarks
Chairs:
Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor, Packaging Digest and Erin Simon, Senior Program Officer - Packaging, World Wildlife Fund

Session 5: Developments and Advances in Bio-based Materials

Chair: Erin Simon, Senior Program Officer - Packaging, World Wildlife Fund

Bioplastics versus Conventional Plastics - Can they really Make the Grade in Packaging?
Andy Sweetman, Chairman, European Bioplastics

Bio-based Paraxylene - The Missing Link in Sustainable, Recyclable and 100% Renewable PET Bottles
Kieran Furlong, Director Chemicals Business Development, Virent

Towards a 100% PlantBottle: Update on Developments in Bio-based Para-xylene/Terephthalic Acid Production
Scott Vitters, General Manager, PlantBottle Packaging Platform, The Coca Cola Company

Differentiated Approaches to Sustainable Packaging
Dr. Carol VanZoeren, Global Technology Manager - Packaging and Consumer, DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers


Networking break


Session 6: Zero Waste in Landfill from a Packaging and a Manufacturing Perspective

Chairs: Laura Rowell, Global Sustainable Packaging Manager - Consumer Packaging, Sonoco and Kelly Scott Unger, Member Manager, The Sustainability Consortium

Packaging as a Waste Preventer
Jane Bickerstaffe, Director, INCPEN - The Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment

PepsiCo's Dream Machine Recycling Initiative
Meagan E. Smith, Program Director - PepsiCo Recycling, PepsiCo Beverages America

Changing Resident Behaviors to Increase Sustainability in Packaging
Mark Dancy, President, WasteZero

Optimization of Recycling and Waste Stream Generation
Catherine S. Shaw, Business Development Manager, Sonoco Recycling, LLC

12:00 p.m. Closing remarks and conclusion of conference

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