Packaging Conference Features Brand Owners, Tech Leaders

HOLLAND, OH | The 2010 Packaging Conference, among the leading conferences for packaging professionals, announces additions to its speaker line-up. The event, which analyzes 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.

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, VP of Packaging Innovation, H. J. Heinz Co., will discuss his company’s packaging diversification strategy.

Thomas Blaige, CEO, 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, VP—Information Services, Beverage Marketing Corp., 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 highlights of the 2010 Packaging Conference program will be a keynote presentation by The Coca-Cola Co.’s Dr. Shell Huang on the recently-announced PlantBottle. The container is made through an innovative process that turns sugar cane and molasses, a byproduct 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 Mfrs. Assn., will be Paul Bailie, VP and business manager, PET Business Unit, Graham Packaging Co.

“The [Packaging] conference is designed to provide the latest information for those in the packaging supply chain. Attendees range from retailers and brand owners to resin suppliers, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, and converters. Now, more than ever, a dialog between all supply chain participants is key to meeting packaging objectives,” notes John Maddox, president, SBA-CCI.

Registration is $1,950, but those registering prior to December 18 are entitled to the discounted early registration rate of $1,750. The fee includes two nights deluxe room at ARIA, conference sessions and proceedings, breaks, lunch and a Monday evening reception to promote additional networking.


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