At a recent FPI committee meeting, Natha and I were throwing out a number of acronyms, as is typical in the association world. I think we must have sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher because one member finally said, “hey, can we get a primer on all these acronyms so we know what you’re talking about?” Great idea! We take for granted that others know what we’re talking about when we say things like “I was down at ACC the other talking to the PFPG folks about the work of the PRG, and they suggested that we meet up at RRC to discuss.” Yes, that is our lives in the DC area. So, by request, here’s a list of the acronyms we throw out often and how they relate to us.
ACC – American Chemistry Council: The U.S. trade association for the chemicals industry, which also houses PFPG (see below). We work with ACC both one-on-one and in various coalitions, many of which are listed here.
AF&PA – American Forest & Paper Association: The U.S. trade association for the forest products industry. We work with AF&PA on a number of different initiatives, including lobbying and recovery efforts.
AFCMA – Aluminum Foil Container Manufacturers Association: The U.S. trade association for, you guessed it, the aluminum foil containers industry. AFCMA and FPI have a few common members, and FPI’s Lynn Dyer just spoke at their Fall Meeting about trends in foodservice packaging.
AMERIPEN – American Institute for Packaging and the Environment: A North American organization that promotes the best use, benefits and functions of packaging. FPI’s Lynn Dyer is an active participant in their TAG – Technical Advisory Group – and will be providing input as they consider policies that support increased recovery, like pay-as-you-throw, recycling mandates and landfill bans.
APR – Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers: The U.S. trade association for the plastics recycling industry. We work with APR both one-on-one and with other organizations on specific projects, like the current MRF – material recovery facility – flow analysis study.
ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials: An organization that develops international voluntary standards. FPI’s Natha Dempsey is a member of several of its committees to monitor work that may impact foodservice packaging.
BPI – Biodegradable Products Institute: A non-profit group that promotes the use of compostable products and certifies them. FPI works with BPI on an as needed basis, and most recently worked with them and the USCC (see below) on draft legislation related to compostable plastics.
CPIA – Canadian Plastics Industry Association: The trade association for the plastics industry in Canada. FPI works with CPIA from time to time, typically on lobbying and recovery efforts.
CRFA – formerly Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, now known as Restaurants Canada: The trade association representing the foodservice industry in Canada. We’ve worked with them occasionally, and we recently put in a proposal to speak at their annual conference in 2015. Fingers crossed our proposal will be accepted!
CSMM – Coalition for Sustainable Materials Management: Like the PMA (see below), a loose group of associations (including FPI and several listed here) working on EPR – extended producer responsibility – issues, but this one is focused on paper and packaging only.
FMI – Food Marketing Institute: The U.S. trade association representing food retailers. FPI works with them in various coalitions.
FPC – Food Packaging Coalition: An informal group of associations (many listed here) that come together to work on regulatory issues impacting all food packaging, such as green chemistry, FDA’s Food Contact Notification program, implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, etc.
FPI – if you don’t know what this stands for, we’re in trouble!
FSP – foodservice packaging: Sometimes we get lazy a write “FSP” instead of “foodservice packaging.”
FWRA – Food Waste Reduction Alliance: A collaborative effort of GMA, FMI and NRA to reduce the volume of food waste sent to landfill by addressing the root causes of waste, and securing pathways to donate or recycle unavoidable food waste. Since packaging plays a key role in some of their efforts, FPI’s Lynn Dyer was asked to be a “Strategic Advisor” to the group.
GMA – Grocery Manufacturers Association: The U.S. trade association representing food and beverage companies. FPI works with them in various coalitions.
KAB – Keep America Beautiful: A national nonprofit focused around reducing waste, increasing recycling, protecting the natural areas of communities and ensuring beauty is the lasting signature. Interesting fact: FPI was a founding sponsor of KAB! We’re reconnecting after many years and are currently working on an anti-litter project. More details to come.
NAPCOR – National Association for PET Container Resources: The trade association for the PET plastic packaging industry. We work with NAPCOR both one-on-one (think PET thermoforms) and with other organizations on specific projects, like the current MRF – material recovery facility – flow analysis study.
NRA – National Restaurant Association: The U.S. trade association representing the foodservice industry. FPI works closely with them in various capacities, both one-on-one and in coalitions. Most of our combined efforts are related to lobbying, recovery work and sharing the importance of foodservice packaging with the operator community.
PAC – Packaging Association of Canada: A not-for-profit corporation in Canada that represents the packaging value chain. FPI works most closely with PAC Next, which aims to create “A World Without Packaging Waste.” FPI participated in their “Connecting the Value Chain: Collaborative Efforts to Increase the Recovery of Foodservice Packaging” webinar earlier this year.
PFPG – Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group: A group within the ACC that focuses on the issues related to, you guessed it, plastic foodservice packaging. With a number of common members, we work closely, most notably on lobbying efforts.
PMA – Product Management Alliance: A coalition of companies and trade associations (including FPI) that lobbies in support of voluntary recovery programs that increase recycling and against broad EPR bills that shift the cost of product reclamation and disposal solely onto manufacturers.
PRA – Paper Recovery Alliance: FPI’s recovery group focused on paper foodservice packaging products.
PRG – Plastics Recovery Group: FPI’s recovery group focused on plastic foodservice packaging products.
RRC – Resource Recycling Conference: The annual conference and trade show for recyclers. FPI staff typically attends, and in fact FPI’s Natha Dempsey just spoke at this year’s event earlier this month on the PRA/PRG’s recovery efforts.
RRS – Resource Recycling Systems: FPI’s contractor helping us with the work of the PRA and PRG.
SPC – Sustainable Packaging Coalition: An industry working group dedicated to a more robust environmental vision for packaging. We have a number of common members, and we work together on an as-needed basis. We’ve got a few projects in discussions now and will share more later!
SPI – Society of the Plastics Industry: The U.S. trade association for the plastics industry. We work with SPI both one-on-one and in various coalitions, many of which are listed here. FYI, Natha and Jennifer both used to work at SPI.
USCC – U.S. Composting Council: The U.S. trade association for the composting industry. FPI staff typically attends their annual conference and participate in their CPTF – Compostable Plastics Task Force.
Still confused? Let us spell it out for you.
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 9/30/2014 1:52:12 PM