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A Peek Into #FPISpring2016

I have had the privilege of working with FPI for several years now, and have learned quite a bit about the foodservice packaging industry. Although Ive heard a lot about their meetings, this spring is the first time Ive been invited to attend one of their members-only conferences. It was a unique opportunity to not only spend some quality time with the FPI team, but to learn more about their member companies, talk to the members and better understand how everything fits together within the foodservice packaging industry.

I arrived in time for a networking dinner and was able to meet a handful of members and talk about what their companies do and how they fit into the foodservice packaging industry. The members were all friendly and looking forward to the upcoming meeting sessions. It was so interesting to hear directly from the members about the work that FPI does on their behalf and what they find most important.

The first general session was very interesting. We had the chance to hear about environmental claims obviously an important topic in todays eco-conscious world and some in-depth data about the foodservice market, including trends and areas of growth. While the presentations were really informative, I found it most interesting to hear the questions being asked by the members. Their questions highlighted their areas of interest and opportunities for FPI to provide support. Everyone walked away with a ton of information to digest and take back to their companies.

After a morning spent on some serious information, I think everyone was happy to break for additional networking on the golf course, along with some friendly competition. All the non-golfers had a chance to catch up on some work, or explore the resort and surrounding area before reconvening for another networking dinner.

The final day kicked off with the FPI member meeting where president Lynn Dyer briefed the membership on the status of FPI. Suffice to say they are making great progress against their strategic goals for 2016 (to read more about their goals, check out Lynn's blog post) and we even got a sneak peek at an upcoming video on foodservice packaging!

After Lynn briefed the membership, we heard from the Environmental Protection Agency and Keep America Beautiful about litter prevention before closing out the conference with a fascinating panel of foodservice operators. This panel was a highlight for me, not only because the speakers had a lot to say but because the members asked thought-provoking questions that showed how all the different pieces of the industry come together from the raw materials to the converters to the foodservice operators.

Overall the conference was a great experience! I was able to learn a lot about the industry and what FPI members want, along with hearing nothing but amazing feedback on FPIs work. After experiencing this conference, its no wonder that FPIs members see these as one of the most valuable aspects of membership. I know I hope to attend again!

Posted By Jennifer Goldman (Director) | 5/11/2016 10:49:23 AM