At every conference we have people who have been
attending for years, and we usually have some brand new people as well. Our Spring 2016 Conference is just around the
corner – May 4-6 at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach,
Florida. We are excited that we will
have some new faces at this event!
Here’s what you can expect:
Valuable programming: We’ll have presenters discussing the following
- Foodservice Marketplace Drivers and Trends
- Environmental Labelling of Foodservice Packaging, including
- Results of FPI’s co-funded access to recycling study
- Learnings from FPI’s Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery
Group on the recyclability of foodservice packaging
- Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s “How2Recycle” and “How2Compost”
- Combating Litter (did you know that paper foodservice packaging is the
#1 visible littered item on roadways, while plastic FSP is #4?)
Great networking: Our events
are the “who’s who” in the foodservice packaging industry! (Check here to see what
companies have signed up!) For the spring program we have two reception/dinner events
on Wednesday and Thursday nights. We
keep these relaxed and casual so that you have plenty of time to interact with
each other. We also feature a golf
tournament on Thursday afternoon, offering an opportunity for even greater networking
(and yes, some fun and friendly competion!).
Don’t play golf? That’s ok
too. You can enjoy free time in the
afternoon to explore the area or catch up on some work.
participation: Our members continually remind us of the importance
of having operators and distributors at our conferences. Our upcoming event features an
operator/distributor panel where they will give their input on the issues
presented. For those not participating
on the panel, we incentive them to attend with 50% off of the registration
fee! A special note to our supplier and
converter members: next time you meet with these folks, please ask them to join
us at a future FPI conference!
comfortable dress code: Don’t
know how to dress for the event? We make that easy! Our entire conference is business casual,
including the evening events. We also
recommend a light jacket or sweater to wear during the general sessions as
meeting rooms at hotels are notoriously cold!
accommodating schedule: We officially kick off our conference at the
opening reception Wednesday night, May 4th at the Surf Club Patio
starting at 6 p.m. Can’t make it by 6
p.m.? No problem – the event will
continue until approximately 8:30 p.m. and is a relaxed format. We promise there will be food left! Don’t know where that is? Just ask the friendly folks at Ponte Vedra
Inn & Club! You can pick up your badge
at this event and get more information.
Our conference ends Friday at noon, giving you a chance to fly back home
in time for the weekend.
benefit for FPI members: Our
conferences are continually rated as one of the top benefits of FPI
membership. 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
We are looking forward to seeing our regulars and meeting all the new
faces! For the latest on this program,
please check the conference page. Still trying to decide on whether or not to
come! Don’t wait too long – the
early-bird registration rate and the hotel cutoff date are April 8! You may still register and make hotel
reservations after this date, but the prices will increase.
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!