Last week, the
foodservice packaging industry – including nearly 70 raw material and machinery
suppliers, converters, foodservice distributors and operators – gathered for FPI’s
Fall Conference. As usual at FPI events, it was a jam-packed program.
On the first
day, we covered our biennial outlook on foodservice packaging materials.
Whether attendees were interested in paper, plastic or aluminum, there was
something for everyone. Speakers included Poyry's Kathy Kneer (paper), Peter
Feng of IHS Markit (plastics) and aluminum analyst Scott Stewart from Black
Hawk Resources. Their insights on the raw materials used in
foodservice packaging were valuable for all throughout the value chain.
The second day
had a Canadian slant, given the location for the conference. A presentation
from Restaurants Canada's Jill Holroyd provided attendees with a better
understanding of the Canadian foodservice industry and where the growth
opportunities may exist. Of course, where there are opportunities, there are
also challenges, and Rachel Morier from PAC Next and Andy Hackman from Serlin
Haley discussed the challenges on the legislative and regulatory front – most
notably related to extended producer responsibility.
An FPI event
wouldn't be complete without our supply chain panel, which this time included Matt
Johnston of Pita Pit Canada; Michael Staseff from Sarku Japan and Mike Williams
with Gordon Food Service. The "Three Ms" (as I affectionately called them) shared their
thoughts on the previous topics, as well as provided their "wish list" for the
foodservice packaging industry (hope everyone is getting to work on their
you may find copies of the speakers' slides here
you are out of luck; only members may access the slides.]
Certainly a highlight of our conference in Toronto – especially for
hockey buffs – was the evening’s networking reception at the Hockey Hall of
Fame. Some members donned their favorite team's paraphernalia, which provided
quite the conversation starters!
The Hockey Hall
of Fame brings together competitors to rise above the rivalries, promote excellence
and highlight the sport in general. I’d like to think FPI's conferences do the
same for our industry. If you haven't been to an FPI conference, I hope you
will consider one in the future. More details may be found at www.fpi.org/meetings
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 10/11/2016 3:10:36 PM