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So Many Events, So Little Time!

It’s another day at the office and you’ve just received another invitation for an industry conference or meeting.  It can get challenging trying to pick and choose what to attend in the midst of an already busy work schedule.  FPI actually keeps a meeting calendar of industry events in addition to our own.  Have you seen it?  (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.) There is something going on nearly every month!


We work hard to not only schedule our dates around other events that our members regularly attend, but give you compelling reasons to attend our conference.  Members frequently tell us that FPI biannual conferences are one of the most valuable member benefits. Why? Because it’s the ONLY event in North America that focuses solely on foodservice packaging.


With that, our first conference for 2016 is coming up – May 4-6 at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  Again, we are working hard to put together a valuable program that makes this a conference our members can’t miss.


We are constantly evaluating what issues are at the forefront of the industry.  What is affecting foodservice packaging companies?  What is trending in the industry?


We believe our Spring 2016 Conference offers this great value to our members.  In addition to the ever-popular and valuable networking opportunities, we’ll have presenters discuss the following topics:


·         Trends in Foodservice Distribution and Operations

·         Environmental Labelling of Foodservice Packaging, including

o   Results of FPI’s co-funded access to recycling study

o   Learnings from FPI’s Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group on the recyclability of foodservice packaging

o   Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s “How2Recycle” and “How2Compost” labels

·         Combating Litter (did you know that paper foodservice packaging is the #1 visible littered item on roadways, while plastic FSP is #4?) 


What are the networking opportunities? After all, our events are the “who’s who” in the foodservice packaging industry!  For the spring program we have two events on Wednesday and Thursday nights.  We keep these relaxed and casual so that you have plenty of time to interact with each other.  Our spring program also features a golf tournament on Thursday afternoon, offering an opportunity for even greater networking (and yes, some fun and friendly competion!).


You have read many references to our membership in this post, but what about non-members?  Can non-member companies attend an FPI conference?  Non-member companies cannot attend, however we do have a program for potential member companies to attend for the first time on a complimentary basis.  This gives companies an opportunity to experience this member benefit firsthand and learn about other valuable benefits of FPI membership.  Interested in checking us out at our conference in Florida?  Please contact us regarding eligibility for this program.


We also strongly encourage distributors and operators involved in foodservice packaging to attend – so much so that we give them 50 percent off the registration fee! For our supplier and converter members: next time you meet with these folks, please ask them to join us at a future FPI conference.


We are continually adding to our spring program, so please check back regularly as it is being updated regularly.  If you are thinking about going, I would highly recommend making those hotel reservations as soon as possible!  Our room blocks fill up quickly and we don’t want anyone to get left out.  The early bird registration rate and the hotel cutoff date are April 8, so don’t wait!


Can’t make this meeting?  We have another one coming up in the fall:  October 6 and 7 at the Omni King Edward in Toronto.


We hope to see you soon!

Posted By Jennifer Goldman (Director) | 3/1/2016 11:29:36 AM