Programme 2021

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Break

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:40 AM - 9:25 AM - Keynote

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Case Studies

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Decathlon)

Thierry Monniaaux-Campus, Leader of packaging Business Unit, Decathlon

Full abstract TBC

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM - Solution Spotlights

Sustainability & Circular Economy

European Green Deal: How Steel for Packaging fits Europe’s Transition to More Efficient and Circular Economy

Alexis Van Maercke, Secretary General, APEAL

Legislation & public debate are pushing more material circularity in packaging. As FMCG brands look for alternatives to plastic, the environmental footprint of all materials such has come under much scrutiny. Recycling is no longer enough, materials must be able to demonstrate true circularity.

  • What are the recent legislative changes?
  • What is true circularity?
  • APEAL’s 2025 vision for recycling

Innovation & Technology

Reducing Virgin Plastic

  • End of life treatment for products
  • Waste management solutions
  • Returning plastic to source

10:35 AM - 11:25 AM

Networking Refreshments & Break

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

This is not the Time to Play Solo: Partnerships as the Driver of Circular Economy in Packaging

Krzysztof Krajewski, Director, Packaging Sustainability - Hygiene, RB

Innovation & Technology

Democratising Sustainability is the Way to Engage with Consumers

Jo Chidley, Co-Founder, Beauty Kitchen

The Problem
We are a planet in crisis… governments know, businesses know, consumers know. But it is too hard to change, too expensive, not commercially viable. So let’s talk a good game, let’s market our products or policies as good, when they are just ‘less bad’. Let’s claim our products are sustainable when they are not, let’s create confusion so that change is slow and hard but cheap and profitable.

The Solution
It’s our responsibility to find ‘more good’ solutions and take them to the masses. Whether its helping close the biological or technical cycle, creating good carbon, eliminating bad carbon or is just making more good things available to more people. We amplify good.

Our passion is magnifying the good so that less bad is no longer good enough.
Democratising sustainability is the way to engage with consumers & give them access to changing the world through their packaging choices. Today we will demonstrate how the beauty industry (& other industry’s) need to work together in a transparent way to solve our big sustainability problems. Packaging being 1st on the list. We have achieved this through our Return refill repeat programme which offers packaging to other personal care brands that can be returned (when empty) to be washed and refilled. Using digital technology to track every aspect of packaging’s journey through the circular economy.

12:35 PM - 1:05 PM - Solution Spotlights

New Materials & Commodities

Food Safety and Bioplastics

  • Moving away from gendered packaging
  • Neutralising colouring, branding and marketing
  • Evolving products/brands alongside society

Branding & Marketing

Using Packaging Design to Increase Product Value

  • What do your customers want? Beautiful design, simplicity, environmentalism, accessibility etc.
  • Key packaging technologies to connect you with your customers

1:05 PM - 2:05 PM

Networking Lunch

2:05 PM - 2:35 PM - Case Studies

Research & Development

Session Title TBC (B&G Foods, Inc.)

Brian Stepowany, Packaging R&D, Senior Manager, B&G Foods, Inc.

Full abstract TBC

Branding & Marketing

Global Emerging Habits in Packaging

Luis Carlos Chacón, Global Consultant/Op-Ed Columnist, BusinessCase/Forbes Latin America

After the impact of pandemic - lockdown - recession consumers on a global basis moves towards cleaner ways to consume, in some way or another. In terms of packaging new approaches by consumers are changing product development, based on new habits that blends past, present, and future.

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Clear Packaging to Meet the Demands of the Ecommerce Channel While Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Packaging By 90%

Allan Randall, Business Development , Milliken & Company

The pandemic only accelerated the strong growth being realized in e-commerce. While this trend creates challenges it also opens up new opportunities, especially when it comes to replacing glass with plastic. Clear, durable, low-density polypropylene (PP) packaging greatly improves impact resistance during shipping while also reducing weight, without giving up the premium look. This also helps brand owners to enhance sustainability and lower their overall carbon footprint of their package by 90%.

Research & Development

Packaging and Traceability

  • Why is traceability important to customers
  • How can traceability add value to your product
  • What role can packaging play in traceability and story telling

3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

Networking Refreshments & Break

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Packaging in a During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Duygu Turancı, Senior Graphic & Product Communication Designer, Arçelik

Onur Onrat, Head of Product Communication & Graphic Design, Arçelik

  • To bring new perspective to design with sustainable materials and to create packaging design that will interact with the consumers

New Materials & Commodities

4:25 PM - 4:55 PM - Case Studies

Branding & Marketing

Session Title TBC (Sunbulah Foods)

Ali Fouad Eid, Packaging Development Manager , Sunbulah Foods

Full abstract TBC

Sustainability & Circular Economy

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM - Panel Discussion

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Accessibility and the Democratisation of Packaging

Michael Hahl, Head of Packaging  Bosch Power Tools , Bosch

• Improving ease of use in packaging 
• Catering to less abled demographics
• Designing packaging that improves accessibility

5:45 PM - 5:50 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks

8:25 AM - 9:25 AM

Registration & Refreshments

9:25 AM - 9:35 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

9:35 AM - 10:10 AM - Keynote

Branding & Marketing

The 360’ Heurist (1)

Matthew Blackmore, Global Packaging Manager, Dyson

  • Full abstract TBC

10:15 AM - 10:50 AM - Case Studies

New Materials & Commodities

Packaging Sustainability from an OTC Company Point of View

Vincent Raspail, Packaging Development Manager - Pain relief , GSK

The Pharma/OTC industry is specific for packaging and only from the last couple of years has started to look at sustainability as something that can be openly shared with consumers. The target of this presentations is to share progress and effort that the industry is making around packaging  in order to  help suppliers and convertors to understand our needs, limitation and struggle when considering packaging change. It would also be a good opportunity to evaluate what could be bridged and implemented from other industries (especially food industry) into the OTC.

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Waste Prevention and how FMCG companies are Adapting

Philippe Diercxsens, Packaging & Environment Manager , Danone

Overview of the modifications of the Essential Requirements of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

10:55 AM - 11:20 AM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Packaging as Part of the Circular Economy

  • Saving money on packaging through reuse 
  • incentivising customer reusing schemes
  • Creating a story to connect with customers

Innovation & Technology

Solution Spotlight By TBC

  • The coming of age of bioplastics 
  • New fibres for packaging, ending expanded polystyrene reliance 

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Networking Refreshments & Break

12:10 PM - 12:45 PM - Case Studies

Research & Development

Sustainable & Value Engineering Trends in Cosmetics Packaging

Piotr Durys, CEE Procurement Packaging Lead, Avon International (part of Natura & CO)

Let’s be honest – we were selfish. No matter whether acting as governments, businesses or individuals – we were selfish. Who from us did not use plastic straws on our all-inclusive vacations? The same applies to packaging – it was very convenient for us to use lots of plastics or non-recyclable material, wasn’t it? The question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late. Three major global sustainability challenges include: waste & pollution, climate & biodiversity and human rights. The key question now is how to implement sustainable & value engineering solutions into our businesses to contribute to the triple bottom line. We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work so that we could someday say to our children that we did everything we could to leave safer & cleaner world for them. Topics to be included in the presentation:

1.     The world of packaging so far
2.     Current challenges
3.     Sustainability solutions
4.     Value engineering approach within the organisation
5.     Role of Procurement function

Branding & Marketing

Packaging Development Creative Results with Retail Restrictions

Niels Prinsen, Senior Packaging Designer , Philips

The session will highlight how Philips:
  • Approaches sustainable packaging development.
  • Collaborates with partners
  • Integrates design thinking
  • Achieves creative result with retail restrictions.
(Case study: How to pack an App & Online Amazon packaging for Beauty)

12:45 PM - 1:20 PM - Solution Spotlights

New Materials & Commodities

Packaging for e-Commerce

  • What have Covid19 online shopping trends taught us about online shopping
  • How can packaging improve the online shopping experience
  • Reducing packaging without affecting product integrity 

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Challenges & Opportunities in Paper-Based Packaging

  • Calculating the true environmental cost of fibre based packaging
  • Becoming more capable in different roles

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Networking Lunch

2:20 PM - 2:55 PM - Case Studies

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Innovative Packaging Design to Advance Sustainability in the Wine Industry

Amelia Dales, Commercial Director, Garçon Wines

Garçon Wines are the multi award-winning British start-up that is innovating in wine packaging to make the wine industry more sustainable in a 21st century world, starting with planet- friendly, IP-protected bottles that showcase shape innovation, best-in-class material and recyclability by design.

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Consumer Expectations and Brand Reactions in Responsible Packaging

Benjamin Punchard, Global Packaging Insights Director, Mintel

This presentation will use Mintel's consumer data and Global New Products Database to investigate:

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; has this pushed environmentally friendly packaging down the consumer agenda? 
  • Consumers' responsible packaging behaviour; is plastic pollution still the main focus for consumers' packaging concern?
  • Innovative responsible packaging launches; how are brands and retailers reacting in their packaging choices?
  • The future of responsible packaging: what will drive responsible packaging innovation in the next 5 years?

3:00 PM - 3:35 PM - Case Studies

New Materials & Commodities

Best Packaging Options from Recycled, to Compostable, and Biodegradable Options

Julian Aisslinger, Manager Corporate Sustainability, Marc-o-Polo

Full Abstract TBC

Sustainability & Circular Economy

3:40 PM - 4:15 PM - Case Studies

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Food Packaging Sustainability

Ludovica Verzegnassi, VP Global Head Regulatory and Scientific Affairs , Nestle

Regulations, consumers expectations, limitations for end of life management, where should governments and industries prioritise common efforts to decrease plastic impact in the environment.

Innovation & Technology

What Does Advanced (Plastic) Recycling Have in Store?

Susan Hansen, Global Strategist for Food Packaging & Logistics, Rabobank

Advanced (or chemical) recycling of plastics is a hot topic in the packaging world. The most optimistic proponents view it as the silver bullet solution to all issues related to plastic (packaging) waste. The strongest opponents, on the other hand, claim that this technology is never going to fly due to all sorts of hurdles, and that these technologies are very bad for the environment.

No matter which side is right, fact is that there is a massive level of interest and investments in this nascent sector. PlasticsEurope, for example, has just estimated that almost EUR 3bln will be invested in chemical recycling in 2025; growing to more than EUR 7bln in 2030.

In her presentation, Susan Hansen will provide Rabobank’s global outlook for advanced recycling by 2025 and insights into key questions like who is going to build capacity, how much, where, and by when. For example, who are the most prominent players in this field, and where is most capacity expected to be built, based on company announcements? And do we already see a winning technology already – or not?

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM - Keynote

Sustainability & Circular Economy

5:00 PM - 5:05 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Conference


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