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Dog Days of Summer

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 separately.

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