When people talk about the “dog days of summer,” they are
typically referring to July and August, when the temperatures are high, and
work slows down. While the temperatures are certainly heating up, I can tell
you that there is no slowing down around here. We’re busier than ever, and
here’s a peak at what’s keeping us busy.
As you can imagine, facilitating the recovery work of FPI’s
Paper Recovery Alliance, Plastics Recovery Group and Foam Recycling Coalition
is taking up a good deal of our time. “How can we move things quicker to get
more of our products recycled or composted?” is a question we’re getting from
many, and we’re working to provide that strategic direction and oversee the
many projects under the “recovery” umbrella.
The FPI/QSR Foodservice Packaging Awards Competition is just
around the corner. In fact, the deadline to submit entries is this Friday, so
if you haven’t already submitted your entry, click here for more details.
While you’re submitting the entries, we’re lining up the judges and taking care
of the logistical issues. BTW, judging will take place on Thursday, August 6th,
so there is NO deadline extension this year!
We’re working with Keep America Beautiful and the National
Restaurant Association on a new resource for foodservice operators to mitigate
litter in and around their facilities. KAB has done a lot of great work on the
content; we’ve been editing it; and now we’re talking to the NRA about how best
to share with their members. Hopefully, this project will wrap up soon.
It’s summer, which means most state legislatures are not in
session. But that does not mean we’re slowing down on the public affairs front.
One of the greater challenges we’re facing right now is responding to
CalRecycle’s request for FPI and others to share what manufacturers and brands are
willing to do, on an industry-wide level, to recover their packaging and help California
reach its statewide recovery goal of 75% by 2020. We’re connecting with other
packaging associations to determine where we might work together versus
Another project we started earlier this year is refreshing
some of the content in our Resources
section of the FPI website. We’re consolidating, simplifying and updating these
materials, and the next step will be graphic design. At the same time, we’re
looking at how this information is shared on our website to make sure users can
easily find that they’re looking for. We’ll be sure to let you know when this
is posted so you can refer to it with sales teams, customers and anyone looking
for general information on foodservice packaging.
Summer is going by quickly, so that means it’s time to start
planning FPI’s Fall Conference. We’re in the process of identifying topics and
speakers for the two-day event, which will take place November 5-6 in St.
Louis. Have any suggestions? Please pass them along to us.
Phew! That gives you a good flavor of what we’re up to this
summer. And don’t worry: Natha, Jennifer and I are making some time for a
little R&R to recharge the batteries. We’ve got to – there’s a lot more
work to do for our members and our industry!
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 7/28/2015 10:58:13 AM