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FPI, Technically Speaking

Many of you know that FPI has a long standing Technical Committee.  But, I'm guessing that most of you don't exactly know what the Technical Committee does, besides, well, technical things.  So, what does that mean?  And how does it affect the rest of the foodservice industry?  FPI's Technical Committee is one of our most active committees.  Why is that? 

Well, for one, our fundamental reasons for promoting foodservice packaging are steeped in items of a technical nature.  If you look at the FPI home page, we explain very clearly why foodservice packaging is THE sensible solution.  Of those reasons we list, almost all of them generate technical work.  The most obvious of these is likely sanitation.  The studies quoted from 2002 and 2012 were projects overseen by FPI's Technical Committee.  FPI even has a Microbiological Testing Program, in which we partnered with Packaging Consultants International to help members build a sanitary profile.

Another reason for our active technical work?  People have a lot of questions.  Much of our technical work starts out with a question or two.  Can we find a way to measure the rigidity of a plate?  Is there a standard test method to qualify foodservice packaging products for use in a microwave?  How do I know if I am complying with the rules and regulations for my packaging products?  Our Technical Committee works to seek out the answers to questions just like these.  And, our Technical Committee is also committed to continue answering these questions.  In the next few weeks, the Compliance Manual will be updated.  Following that, the Technical Committee will be working on a review of all of our technical resources housed on the FPI website to ensure that we have the best resources possible.

Volunteering to work on projects like these takes dedication, and believe me, our Technical Committee has that in spades!  Many of our committee members have been active participants for years.  When we recently moved the FPI offices, I found old technical work items from decades past that had some of the same names of folks I work with on projects today.  That being said, we always welcome fresh blood.  If you have an interest in things of a technical nature, come join us!  We're meeting in Rosemont, Illinois on September 9th.  Send me an email and I'll hook you up with an agenda and information. 

Posted By Natha Dempsey (Vice President) | 8/12/2014 9:00:23 AM