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SPECIAL REPORT
Meeting Preview: Pack Expo
More Bang for the Buck
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Pack Expo 2024 promises to be bigger and better with new
features as the show returns to Chicago, Nov. 3-6.
by Dan Malovany
When it comes to automating their packaging departments,
bakeries and snack producers are searching to
alleviate their labor woes as well as reduce unnecessary
lifting, repetitive motion and other arduous workforce
tasks.
At the same time, food manufacturers are exploring
everything from sustainability initiatives that drive operational
efficiencies to machine learning and artificial
intelligence that enable packaging systems to boost capacity
while lowering overhead costs.
Seeing the robust demand for investment in packaging
over the past few years, PMMI, the Association
for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has expanded
the program offerings for this year's Pack Expo
International, which will take place Nov. 3-6 at Chicago's
McCormick Place.
With some 2,500 exhibitors occupying 1.3 million net
square feet, the show is expected to attract more than
45,000 attendees from food and other global consumer
packaged goods (CPG) companies. Organizers said Pack
Expo 2024 is the largest international packaging and
processing show this year.
" Every aspect showcased at our event is grounded in
thorough research and listening to our members, ensuring
we remain attuned to the evolving needs of our
industry both now and in the future, " noted Jim Pittas,
president and chief executive officer of PMMI.
The association noted it's offering several " shows
within a show " to accompany the needs of the diverse
attendance at Pack Expo.
New to this year's event
is Sustainability Central,
which will take an expansive look into the environmental
issues involving packaging. Speakers at the
Sustainability Stage will discuss potential solutions in
manufacturing, materials, reducing waste, logistics, analytics
and design.
Additionally, Pack Expo will offer the Emerging
Brands Central resource for rising brands seeking to
expand their reach and scale operations. An evolution
of the Emerging Brands Summit, this educational stage
will feature industry experts sharing insights about
product development, packaging innovation and scaling
strategies.
Moreover, PMMI announced this year's Logistics
Pavilion will be four times larger than when the show
was held in Chicago in 2022. The pavilion will target
issues related to the supply chain, including distribution,
warehousing, material handling
and inventory
management.
For bakers and snack makers, show organizers said,
exhibitors in the Processing Zone provide an array of
manufacturing and packaging systems aimed at enhancing
efficiency, bolstering capacity, ensuring safety,
easing workload concerns and achieving total system
integration.
Specifics on the more than 150 educational sessions
as well as details about the program's speakers will be
available in August at www.packexpointernational.com,
where there is now registration, hotel and travel information
for this year's event.
More than
45,000 industry
professionals are
expected to attend
this year's Pack Expo
in Chicago.
PMMI
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