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Online feature: The biggest Pro2Pac yet?

Author : Chris Shaw

18 March 2013

Pro2Pac returns on 17-20 March 2013, at London ExCeL, with the organisers promising a new look and layout. The biennial event, which showcases the latest innovations in food and drink packaging/processing, is the only show of its kind in the UK.

This year’s show features exhibitors from all over the world such as Brother UK, Group Guillin Holding, Multivac UK, PFM Packaging Machinery, Rapid Action Packaging, and Silgan Plastic Containers. Pro2Pac 2013 has a new prominent position at the entrance of ExcEL and is co-located with IFE, one of the UK’s largest food and drink trade events.

Pro2Pac Live will again feature a programme of industry leaders and experts sharing insights into issues such including sustainability, labelling innovations and reducing packaging costs. Covering the entire packaging and processing supply chain, the seminar programme will be interspersed with real life case studies. Speakers from firms including M&S, Miller Graphics and Warburtons will lead seminars covering topics such as innovation, augmented reality and branding. There will also be daily lunchtime debates, in which a panel of experts will examine some of the food industry’s latest trends.

Along with the seminars, a new visitor attraction Pro2Pac One2One Experts has been established in a bid to provide business information for the food industry, with free one-to-one sessions. The consultation service will cover an array of industry practices and is available to all visitors who book an available time slot during the course of the four day event.

More than 130 companies will attend Pro2Pac 2013 to exhibit the latest in innovative packaging, sustainable materials, manufacturing equipment and packaging services. For example, labelling specialist, Brother will exhibit its range of electronic labelling printers that produce water, fade, frost, chemical and scuff resistant labels, while colour label printer manufacturer Quicklabel Systems will give its Vivo! Touch printer its UK premiere at the show.
 
Other exhibitors include Sherwood Press Group, which will showcase sustainable packaging that combines innovation in 2D/3D design, and Automated Packaging Systems, which will display its recently launched FAS Sprint Revolution machine, which is food compatible and capable of running tamper evident and resealable bags. Over a third of exhibitors will be making their first appearance at Pro2Pac, including Miller Graphics Group, Logson Group and Packwood UK.

Sustainable solutions
Brand new for 2013, will be the Sustainable Solutions Zone, established to provide visitors with a platform to discover the latest resource-efficient technologies and sustainable practices. This new addition to the event will highlight the issues of responsible recycling and waste reduction, as well as providing insights into cutting-edge renewable energy practices, which could help food manufacturers reduce costs as well as emissions. 

Following a new partnership with The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), the Sustainable Solutions Zone will also give visitors the chance to learn about the vital efficiency and environmental benefits offered by Anaerobic Digestion (AD). AD can be used by all types of businesses, including food manufacturers, and involves using biodegradable waste to generate energy, cutting costs and carbon emissions. A members’ pavilion and meeting area within the zone will introduce food and drink manufacturers to AD suppliers in order to learn exactly why leading organisations including Waitrose, Diageo, Sainsbury’s and Branston have already invested in the technology.

Additional seminars include an examination of how the catering industry is adopting compostable packaging, which will be delivered by Lucy Frankel at Vegware. Visitors will also be able to attend a lunchtime debate featuring Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which will assess the importance of sustainability within the food sector and whether a more nuanced understanding of the issue is required. 

Further lunchtime debates will look at how the food industry is adapting to a rising global population and the importance of design and manufacturing, which will be chaired by Kevin Vyse, managing director at the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP).
Other seminars will include Robert Herridge from consultancy Packology, examining how to reduce packaging costs; Spear System assessing innovations in labelling and technology; and Andrew Revel from the Faraday Centre for Retail Excellence offering an insight into the potential of augmented reality.

A novel feature at the show will see students from Leeds Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam universities attempt to design the ‘food and drink packaging of the future’. The entrants will be challenged to design a revolutionary and groundbreaking ‘sustainable’ concept for either a new or existing product that satisfies criteria around consumer needs, shelf impact, feasibility, cost and the environment. 

Exhibition background
Where: ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL.
When: 17 – 20 March 2013
Website: www.pro2pac.co.uk 
Admission: Free to pre-registered members of the packaging, processing and manufacturing food. Industry professionals can register for free entry at www.pro2pac.co.uk/register


Click here to read an exclusive interview with Pro2Pac's event director, Chris McCuin.


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