IoPP and SPE Launch Plastics in Food Packaging: The Virtual Edition

Reston, Va.; September 10, 2020

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announce the virtual conference Plastics in Food Packaging: The Virtual Edition. Set to take place over 1.5 days on Oct. 14-15, 2020, this event will include three half-day segments focusing on sustainability, plastics ensuring food safety and the range of styles in which plastics materials can be used. Discussion also will focus on expectations for food packaging innovation in the coming years. Each segment will have its own keynote speaker.

“This joint event examines polymers and plastics from a food packaging perspective,” says Jim George, director of education, IoPP. “As an educational event, it is our mutual purpose to provide attendees with a wealth of information about the numerous food packaging functions where plastics plays a key part.”

Plastics in Food Packaging: The Virtual Edition features speakers focused on innovations in the uses of plastics and polymers with an emphasis on new technologies and manufacturing trends, as well as how the circular economy and sustainability are fundamental to the development of food packaging and its value chain.

“The synergies between plastics and packaging are almost too high to count,” says Patrick Farrey, CEO, SPE. “By bringing plastics and packaging experts together, Plastics in Food Packaging: The Virtual Edition will offer deeper understanding of the role plastics plays in the food packaging ecosystem.”

Plastics in Food Packaging: The Virtual Edition speakers include:

  • Ashley Moyers, R&D Packaging – Sustainability, PepsiCo
  • Michael Okoroafor, vice president, Global Sustainability & Packaging Innovation, McCormick
  • Claire Sand, founder, Packaging Technology and Research
  • Gang Sun, professor, University of California, Davis
  • Jason Tham, CEO, Nulogy
  • Rory Wolf, business unit manager, Pillar Technologies

Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. More details and information about Plastics in Food Packaging: The Virtual Edition is available online.


About IoPP

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is the leading individual membership organization serving the educational needs of the packaging community. It is committed to providing continuing educational programs of interest and value to all packaging professionals. These programs cover all packaging-related areas of business and technology, as well as fundamental principles. The organization, its activities and operations support the development of the best possible packaging programs and events.

For more information, please visit iopp.org.

About SPE

SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals is 84 countries and 22,500+ members strong. SPE unites plastics professionals worldwide–helping them succeed and strengthening their skills through networking, events, training, and knowledge sharing. No matter where you work in the plastics industry value chain-whether you’re a scientist, engineer, technical personnel or a senior executive-nor what your background is, education, gender, culture or age-SPE is here to serve you. Web: www.4spe.org Phone: +1.203.740.5400.


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