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Global Pouch Forum 2013 Sessions
Did you miss the 2013 Global Pouch Forum? You can now view, from your computer, the keynote address and Thursday morning sessions for FREE until June 13, 2014.
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Thank you to all the attendees and participants at Global Pouch Forum 2013 for making this event such a huge success. For those who missed it, you may view some of the sessions On Demand (see above) and/or purchase the proceedings at www.packstrat.com
The Pouch Serves Notice, Wraps Around New Launches
A major statement was made at the 2013 Global Pouch Forum: It would be a mistake not to pay attention to the growth of the pouch in packaging.
Michael Okoraofor, H.J. Heinz
The 16th annual Forum was also the largest pouch conference ever held by Packaging Strategies; more than 500 attendees and 75 exhibitors swarmed the halls at the Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. It featured a major keynote address from Michael Okoroaofor, vp of global packaging innovation and execution at H.J. Heinz Co. "Shelf presence plays a deep role in flexible packaging," Okoroafor emphasized while commanding the stage. "We've gotten some results there to fuel innovation for every brand that meets consumer needs and accelerates that pace in the marketplace."
Okoraofor discussed the need for a robust pipeline, of getting to market before others know to do so, of packaging as a delivery vehicle, and of Heinz's passion for new innovation, with a bevy of pouch-based products launched. Other speakers, including Kenneth Wilkes, CEO of Smart Bottle Inc., talked of stepping up concepts and machinery to help with the launch of Kraft Foods' new YES Pack, a foodservice innovation for bulk salad dressing pouch.
Both Neil Kozarsky, president/CEO of development firm T.H.E.M., and Jim Campbell, president/CEO of equipment maker Multivac, talked of a joint launch of a new snap-opening pouch that is being piloted by brand owners under the Snapsil name. "Fresh and sealed meet consumer needs," Kozarsky said. "It is not just flexible packaging but what it must do."
What the pouch must still do is grab some brand owner attention, a fact that is occurring is machines get faster and brand owners are willing to invest in replacing old equipment. The benefits of the pouch were undeniable to many in the audience: its easy-open and reclose features, light weight, and variety of shapes and formats are already making the pouch a disrupter, stated Dennis Calamusa, president of AlliedFlex Technologies. "It's amazing to see what has happened when the industry has pushed forward and made change," he said.
Who Should Attend
Package developers, packaging managers and engineers, operations managers and directors, and R&D managers from CPG and converter companies.
Packaging industry materials, machinery and service and solution providers, packaging consultants and market researchers
Why You Should Attend
The Global Pouch Forum is the largest conference focused on pouch formats in packaging and their growth prospects worldwide, attracting an audience of more than 500 attendees in 2013. It is the key gathering place for top packaging professionals involved in every aspect of pouch production and the corresponding film, closures, materials, equipment and services needed for this fast-growing packaging segment.
- Discover global market trends and applications
- Get the business outlook for flexible plastics packaging
- Hear case studies and best practices on pouches that offer shelf appeal, innovation, functionality and convenience
- Network with top CPG producers/brand owners in a relaxed environment
- Meet the industry's leading suppliers of pouch materials, components and services offering the latest in technologies, innovations and support at the Wednesday evening Expo reception
"The Global Pouch Forum provides a platform for me to network and to identify trends, benefits, changes and challenges within the pouch industry."
Kevin Rhule, Account Manager
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