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Times They Are A-Changin' (or Not!)

As you may have already read, we're moving the FPI office later this month. In preparation, we've been going through the files (and we have A LOT of paper files). It's been fun to uncover, rediscover and relive some interesting finds…

·        Much of what's changed is the companies in our industry. Need to be reminded of the mergers, acquisitions, launches, bankruptcies, etc. that have happened over the last however many decades? Just take a look at our company files. My guess is that Pactiv's and Dart's files might be the thickest, but I guess given their size today, that makes sense!


·        We have lots of paper files on potential members, too. Which makes me think, how can we get our friends at Letica to join FPI? I think they had the greatest number of membership letters on file. Fascinating to see the different tactics we’ve used over the years with potential members. Membership is certainly hitting all-time highs, but any help with Letica – or any other potential member – is much appreciated.


·        It was interesting to see references to the various predecessors to FPI. Letterhead back to the “Plate, Cup and Container Institute” (and I thought “Foodservice Packaging Institute” was a mouthful!) from the 1960s? Yep, we’ve got it. And yes, it was on mimeo paper.


·        One thing that hasn't changed over the last few decades is the topics that are just as important to our industry today as they were decades ago.  Like today, recycling, litter, LCAs, material safety, use of recycled content and environmental labeling were also hot topics of yesteryear.  Plus, it's good to see there's been progress on many of these issues (like yes, you can use recycled content in foodservice packaging, and yes, you can recycle these items).


The one constant in all these files is FPI (or whatever name we were using at the time). For over 80 years, we’ve been the advocate for the foodservice packaging industry. And we’ve got the history on paper to prove it. I’m just happy to say that the member who dropped his company’s membership in the mid-1990s because he thought "the future of this association is doubtful" was very wrong.

Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 7/2/2014 3:29:16 PM