Packaging Conference To Feature Brand Owner Presentations
HOLLAND, Ohio—The 2010 Packaging Conference, a leading conference for packaging professionals, announced additions to its speaker line-up. The event, which has established a tradition of providing extensive analysis on key packaging topics, will be held February 8-10, 2010 at the new ARIA Resort at CityCenter in Las Vegas. Discounted early registration is available until December 18, 2009 (www.thepackagingconference.com/registration.html).
Representing the retailer perspective, Sean Stephan, senior director, packaging sustainability, Wal-Mart, will be discussing the economic benefits of sustainable packaging. On the brand owner side, Michael Okoroafor, vice president of packaging innovation, H. J. Heinz Company, will discuss his company’s packaging diversification strategy.
Thomas Blaige, CEO of Blaige & Company, an expert in packaging and plastics industry investment banking, will share his perspective on what level of merger and acquisition activity is expected in the near term. Gary Hemphill, vice president—information services, Beverage Marketing Corporation, will project beverage sector performance for 2010 and beyond.
Dr. John Standish, packaging market manager, ColorMatrix, global innovators of liquid colorant and additive technology, will inform attendees on using material enhancements to improve performance, recycling and economic feasibility.
Previously announced highlight of the 2010 Packaging Conference program will be a keynote presentation by The Coca-Cola Company’s Dr. Shell Huang on the recently announced PlantBottle™. The container is made through an innovative process that turns sugar cane and molasses, a by-product of sugar production, into a key component for PET. Unlike other plant-based plastics, the PlantBottle can be processed through existing manufacturing and recycling facilities without contaminating traditional PET.
Additionally, Dennis Sabourin, executive director, NAPCOR, the trade association for the North American PET industry, will talk about the leading issues affecting its members. Speaking from the perspective of the Closure and Container Manufacturers Association, will be Paul Bailie, vice president and business manager, PET Business Unit, Graham Packaging Company.