A couple of years ago, we surveyed our members to find out what they value most out of FPI. Out of that survey, we discovered that they found our biannual meetings to be the number one benefit. FPI has a great history of meetings, and we are getting ready to have our 82nd spring meeting. That’s a lot of meetings!
You may have noticed that we are calling this one our eighth joint meeting with Pack2Go Europe, and that it is being held in London. What does this mean? The partnership began several years ago when Pack2Go Europe was called the European Food Service & Packaging Association (EFPA). FPI and EFPA recognized that the industry was becoming increasingly global, and that European and North American companies needed to better understand potential marketplace and regulatory shifts from across the pond that could impact their businesses. The two groups decided to begin regularly meeting together, and held their first meeting in June, 2001 at the Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura, Florida (just north of Miami.)
Meetings have continued every other year and were/will be held in the following cities:
2003 – Rome, Italy
2005 – Washington, DC
2007 – Dublin, Ireland
2009 – Boston, Massachusetts
2011 – Barcelona, Spain
2013 – New York, New York
2015 – London, England
We’re encouraging as many members as possible to attend our upcoming London meeting. Those that attended prior meetings have reported great value in attending and networking with their European peers. We believe this upcoming program themed “Politics and Packaging in Europe and North America” is filled with important topics, as well as valuable networking time. Click here to check it out.
So if you’re thinking about it, sign up now! After May 1st, rates will go up. The direct link for registration can be found here. As always, let us know if we can help! Send me an e-mail and I’ll get you started!
We also recognize that our members can’t make every meeting, particularly our international meetings. Did you know that as an FPI member, you can still access presentations from the meetings? Approximately one week after each event, we post the presentations on the following page: Previous Meeting Presentations and Minutes. Don’t know your login and password to access them? Click here to retrieve it!
FPI will always strive to provide top value to its members at all of our meetings. We appreciate the time and effort of our members to come out and support our events. After London, where are we going next? Stay tuned to our meetings page and find out!