Board Converting News, January 17, 2022

Beverage Industry Trends Driving Change At PACK EXPO East In PA The beverage industry has been in a state of ongoing change as manufacturers adapt to shifting consumer preferences and demands. Consumers seek beverage products that provide added functionality to their lives, en- hance their overall health and are available in convenient formats for hassle-free consumption, according to the Beverage Trends Driving Change infographic and white paper from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Pro- cessing Technologies. In addition to these traits, consum- ers are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of beverage packaging. As the infographic highlights, the top challenges bever- age producers need to overcome to meet these consumer demands include maintaining sufficient production capac- ity, reliably sourcing ingredients and materials, finding ad- equate labor and upgrading outdated technology. There is no better place for beverage manufacturers to find the right solutions for these challenges than PACK EXPO East, taking place March 21-23 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Show attendees will see a comprehensive range of pack- aging and processing technologies yet still have time for personal, productive discussions with suppliers. The biennial event, produced by PMMI, provides pro- fessionals from the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) and life sciences rich Northeast corridor a convenient and re- warding opportunity to explore the latest packaging and processing technology in person, connect with suppliers and find applicable solutions in a changing marketplace. “The dominant trends in the beverage industry – sus- tainability, functionality, convenience and health con- sciousness – are driving SKU expansion and the demand for innovative products,” says Jorge Izquierdo, vice presi- dent, Market Development, PMMI. “PACK EXPO East is the ideal opportunity for busy professionals to bring their en- tire project teams to vet the latest solutions for keeping up with these trends in person.” As the white paper points out, it is almost impossible to discuss manufacturing trends without examining the im- pact of the pandemic. According to the infographic, the pandemic has expanded the reliance on e-commerce, with 73 percent of consumers purchasing groceries online, 44 percent of manufacturers shipping products direct-to-con- sumer and 22 percent of beverage companies planning to add new production lines for online orders. To aid CPG companies seeking e-commerce and other manufacturing solutions, PACK EXPO East will feature sev- eral educational and networking opportunities: The Forum at PACK EXPO will feature free, interactive 45-minute open sessions on the latest industry trends by the OpX Leadership Network, Institute of Packaging Professionals, Contract Packagers Association and PMMI Business Intelligence, followed by small group discussions and Q&A sessions.



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SUN Automation Group® is the global leader in providing innovative solutions to the corrugated industry. SUN engi- neers and builds the SUN625 Rotary Die Cutter, provides sales, service and support in North and Central America for Latitude Machinery Corporation, manufacturer of Mini to Jumbo FFG and RDCs. Additionally, SUN is the North Amer- ican, United Kingdom and Ireland sales and service provid- er for Para Machinery’s line of equipment, which includes prefeeders, stackers, palletizers, and other material han- dling equipment, and is the North American sales provider for Highcon, the leader in digital laser die cutting. SUN also powers the corrugated industry’s premier IIoT platform, He- lios, and is the OEM source for Langston/Staley equipment parts and service. SUN is headquartered near Baltimore, MD, and has service centers throughout the globe. THACKER INDUSTRIAL SERVICE COMPANY Specializing in corrugated machinery, TISCO offers quali- ty-made products, support services, and more. TISCO has established a reputation of dependability, not only in the product, but in continued service support. With more than 25 years of experience, TISCO installs equipment and ma- chinery, moves or sets up entire plants, rewires and rebuilds - all over the world. TISCO maintains a full fleet of trucks and equipment to perform to your requirements, anywhere, anytime. VT GROUP www.vtgrouponl VT offers prepress services for the POP display and corru- gated shipping container industry including graphic design, optimized digitally imaged printing plates and innovative pre-mounting solutions. Our large-format digital printing fa- cility (Digital Impact) is a leading short-run manufacturer of distinctive POP displays and signage where litho-like graph- ics are preferred.


January 17, 2022

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