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What to Expect at #FPISpring2016, Newbie or Veteran

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 topics:

  • 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” labels
  • 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.

Operator/distributor 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!

A 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!

An 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.

A great 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 program.

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!

Posted By Jennifer Goldman (Manager) | 4/5/2016 1:39:22 PM
 

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