PACK EXPO East 2020 Promotes CPG/OEM Partnerships

Food and beverage manufacturers will get the chance forge strong relationships with suppliers as they check out the cutting-edge packaging technologies.

PACK EXPO East exhibitor
PACK EXPO East will feature cutting-edge packaging technologies food and beverage processors need.
Photo courtesy of PMMI.

Ever-changing demands on future operational requirements for consumer packaged goods (CPGs) companies continue to grow in step with the rise in consumer power, according to the latest Vision 2025 report from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. An extended working partnership between CPGs and original equipment suppliers (OEMs) has evolved from an aspiration to a necessity, beginning at equipment selection through installation and training.

PACK EXPO East (March 3-5; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia) arrives at a time when the constant variability in equipment needs is driving CPGs to seek out multifunctional machinery from OEMs while also balancing flexibility, reliability, and cost. The show features the cutting-edge packaging technologies CPGs need and provides a setting fit for extended dialogue and project planning.

PACK EXPO East, produced by PMMI, brings together 400 suppliers of packaging innovations with 7,000 attendees looking to package food, beverage, pharmaceutical/medical device, cannabis, cosmetic/personal care, chemical/household, and other goods. It is a valuable chance in between PACK EXPO Las Vegas and PACK EXPO International for the CPG-dense Northeastern U.S. to see the latest packaging technologies.

Beyond equipment suppliers, the Contract Packaging Sourcing Center, hosted by CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers, will help CPGs address current and future contract packaging needs and offer solutions to their most challenging problems. 

Attendees and exhibitors alike will have access to free education via the Forum at PACK EXPO and the Innovation Stage. The Forum will feature 45-minute open sessions on the latest industry trends by the OpX Leadership Network, Institute of Packaging Professionals, Contract Packagers Association, and PMMI Business Intelligence, followed by small group discussions and Q&A sessions. The Innovation Stage is a valuable opportunity to learn about breakthrough technologies, innovative applications, and proven approaches from the experts.

Another staple of PACK EXPO East is the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) regional meeting. Kweilin Ellingrud, senior partner at McKinsey & Company, and Kelly Coyne, vice president of global women’s strategies, Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax Ellevate Management LLC, will focus the March 4 PPWLN breakfast event on Financial Empowerment and Fixing the Broken Rung.” With a deep dive into the McKinsey Global Institute’s Women in the Workplace 2019 report, Coyne and Ellingrud will explore inclusiveness and workplace diversity.

PACK EXPO East will also address training with PMMI U’s Certified Trainer Workshop that gives participants the strategies and tactics needed to train well across all employee skill levels.

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