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As a television host on the History Channel and a New York Times, best-selling author of dozens of fiction and non-fiction books, unPACKed with PMMI guest Brad Meltzger has crafted a career telling stories. He has learned that everyday interactions with people can and are often extraordinary and a noteworthy part of each person’s history. Packaging…
 
It’s easy for older generations to forget that Millennials are not as young as they think they are, with some already in their 40s with established careers in management and leadership roles. Since it’s no secret that Millennials do things differently than their Baby Boomer and Gen X predecessors, organizational changes must happen now as this next…
 
Much of how society thinks about each generation is made up and not data-driven, according to UnPACKed with PMMI guest and Executive Leadership Conference speaker Dr. Jessica Kriegel. This Workplace Culture Expert explains how to avoid putting people in generational and stereotypical boxes at work. Instead, she provides guidance for fostering a cul…
 
The pharmaceutical white paper from PMMI Business Intelligence explores the trends shaping the future of pharmaceutical processing and packaging. This episode of unPACKed with PMMI takes a deep dive into the white paper with Donna Ritson, President of DDR Communications. Ritson discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted pharmaceutical production…
 
The End of Line Equipment Report from the PMMI Business Intelligence Committee details the major trends shaping the EoL machinery market and how OEMs and suppliers can better position themselves and their products in the market. Today we chat with longtime friend of the podcast and president of DDR Communications Donna Ritson about her key messages…
 
Not only does PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network bring together CPGs and OEMs to develop best practices and protocols for free industry adoption, but it also serves as a resource for tackling more significant industry issues. This UnPACKed with PMMI episode revisits women in manufacturing with Lisa Rathburn, VP of engineering at T. Marzetti Company and …
 
A foray into advising manufacturers on proper lean methodologies in their operations grew into a book about not only lean manufacturing but building inclusive and diverse cultures. OEM Editor Stephanie Neil discusses the book “Steel Toes and Stilettos” with authors Kathy Miller and Shannon Karels, complete with advice for women on navigating a care…
 
UnPACKed with PMMI puts a bow on PACK EXPO East and turns its eyes to PACK EXPO International 2022. ProFood World’s Aaron Hand and Packaging World’s Matt Reynolds discuss trends coming out of PACK EXPO East that the industry should be preparing to see in Chicago. Hand delves into packaging and processing software that engages with employees, offeri…
 
UnPACKed with PMMI continues its look back at PACK EXPO East with PMMI Media Group’s Automation Guru Dave Greenfield from Automation World and Packaging World’s Natalie Craig. The pair highlight exciting machinery finds from the show floor, ideal for emerging brands looking to make their first inroads into packaging via form/fill/seal. Greenfield a…
 
Most PACK EXPO Forum sessions involve discussions on trends or issues that need addressing in the packaging and processing industry. Each day, as a bonus to attendees, Sean Riley sits down with two of our esteemed editors from PMMI Media Group to talk about real solutions from the show floor that attendees can stop by and take a look at. Since ever…
 
Small and medium-sized manufacturing operations are now the companies that hackers and bad actors target the most as the stressed supply chain can become wholly unhinged with a few mouse clicks. Obviously, the events unfolding in Ukraine only add to the concern for IT and OT professionals. In this episode of unPACKed with PMMI, IT Manager Ben Spenc…
 
With the development of the recent events in Ukraine and U.S. sanctions on Russia starting to sink in, government authorities are warning of imminent increases in state-sponsored hacking attempting to disrupt infrastructure and supply chains. This episode of unPACKed with PMMI interrupts its regular schedule to welcome PMMI IT Director Andy Lomasky…
 
unPACKed delves into the world of raw food processing with Steve’s Real Food owner Nicole Lindsley as she discusses how the Food Safety Modernization Act changed the game for raw pet food processing. After spending two years evaluating its food safety program Steve’s Real Food decided High Pressure Processing was the best way to meet FSMA requireme…
 
Keren Sookne, director of Editorial Content for Healthcare Packaging and PMMI’s in-house healthcare packaging expert, joins the podcast as we wrestle with how the variety of complex containers that ultimately end up as life sciences packaging can become more sustainable. She discusses the inroads healthcare packaging has already made with sustainab…
 
In part two of unPACKed with PMMI’s Secrets of Sustainability with Tetra Pack’s Angela Peterson and the Compass Group USA’s Marissa Golison, the focus shifts from on-package messaging to generational buy-ins. As sustainability has grown from buzz word to culture, it is essential to understand and incorporate how Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millenials and …
 
In part one of a two-part unPACKed with PMMI series, one of the world’s largest packaging and processing companies joins one of the leading foodservice and support services companies to describe the real-world influence of sustainability on today’s consumers. Together, Tetra Pak’s US and Canadian communications manager, Angela Peterson, and the Com…
 
With one of the most successful PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO’s ever firmly in our rearview mirror, unPACKed with PMMI turns its attention to the best regional packaging and processing show in North America: PACK EXPO East 2022, March 21-23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For three days, over 7,000 attendees from the rich…
 
OEM Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Neil sits down with former packaging industry veteran Jill Miller to talk about her role as president of Below the Line. Miller’s organization aims to move employees and their communities from economic survival to sustainable prosperity and its first step is to address the gender and racial wealth gap in the food and b…
 
This second look back at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO welcomes four PMMI Media Group Editors. Together they highlight what they felt were the most impactful takeaways from the show, uncovering everything from new recyclable materials to robots. The group also discusses the ways machinery manufacturers are making equipment easie…
 
David Miller from Automation World, Joyce Fassl from ProFood World, Karen Sookne from Healthcare Packaging and Matt Reynolds from Packaging World join the podcast to highlight new trends and innovations they found at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare PACKAGING EXPO, including automation, sustainability, cannabis and more. They provide an excellent…
 
OEM Magazine Editor in Chief Stephanie Neil takes the interview chair for a special one-on-one with PPWLN keynote speaker Tracey Noonan, CEO and co-founder of Wicked Good cupcakes. Noonan kicked off the sold-out Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) networking breakfast at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. Neil …
 
Join us on a voyage of discovery as Curators Jack Aguero and Brent Meyer take unPACKed with PMMI listeners on a journey through the evolution of packaging and processing. The pair explain how they tackled such an enormous endeavor, where they found help along the way and a slew of other interesting tales that eventually led to the first of its kind…
 
The food processing industry kept food in our stores and meals on our plates despite unprecedented workforce issues, food shortages and pandemic-based plant closings over the past year and a half. For the inaugural unPACKed with Profood World, newly appointed Editor in Chief Aaron Hand revisits the year in food processing and discusses the industry…
 
It’s 2021 and we are hopefully approaching the tail end of a global pandemic that shuttered businesses and eliminated thousands of jobs. Despite these factors, the packaging and processing workforce continues to struggle to fill career providing positions. Today we talk with Editor in Chief Stephanie Neil for the inaugural unPACKed with OEM Magazin…
 
Remote access and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity make manufacturing more efficient, but they also create new exploitable points of vulnerability. As the manufacturing industry continues to adopt more significant levels of technology and connectivity, a robust cybersecurity strategy is essential. Donna Ritson, president of DDR Com…
 
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation indicates that converting just 20 percent of global plastic packaging into reuse models is a 10 billion business opportunity that benefits customers and represents a crucial element in the quest to eliminate packaging waste and pollution. Senior Editor Anne Marie Mohan makes her unPACKed with Packaging World debut to …
 
Renowned keynote speaker and expert on marketplace disruption, Tom Morrison, president and CEO of Tom Morrison Associates discusses what was shaking up the packaging and processing industry before COVID as well as how the past year added some new, potentially permanent disruptions. He lays out a classic good news/bad news evaluation for the next 5-…
 
On this episode of UnPACKed with Packaging World, PW Editor Matt Reynolds takes a step back from reporting on and analyzing the details of the latest packaging trends and provides host Sean Riley a more holistic view focused on the year 2020. After a time unlike any other, Reynolds and discuss the two biggest influencers on consumer behavior — COVI…
 
In the first episode of UnPACKed with Automation World, Director of Content, David Greenfield takes us into some of the truths and myths about automation during the past year. Were robots adopted at a higher pace over the past year or did they stay the same? What vertical markets saw the largest benefit? Are there specific robotic technologies he s…
 
UnPACKed with PMMI teams up with Packaging World to add an audio option to its top-shelf written content. On this episode of UnPACKed with Packaging World, PW Editor Emeritus Pat Reynolds reviews the latest technology trends and other items of note from his observations of PACK EXPO Connects. With e-commerce exploding in 2020-2021, late-stage custo…
 
Keren Sookne, director of Editorial Content for Healthcare Packaging and PMMI’s in-house healthcare packaging expert, tackles the always provocative topic of cannabis and cannabis packaging on UnPACKed with Healthcare Packaging. With a new administration and Congress, will cannabis laws ease up nationally for medicinal and adult use or get tougher?…
 
The term predictive maintenance has been widely used in recent years although there is no agreed industry-wide definition. The result is that some in the industry may dismiss the concept as a buzzword, thereby missing out on an emerging technology that has the potential to be disruptive. Adrian Lloyd and Blake Griffin from Interact Analysis come on…
 
Packaging and processing manufacturers continue to adapt their operations as the pandemic progresses into 2021. PMMI’s Industry Relations Committee asked its Field Service Managers share group to develop best practices regarding documents and requirements for field service personnel during the pandemic to address these efforts. Peter Seward from Ha…
 
UnPACKed with PMMI teams up with PMMI Media Group to add an audio option to the tremendous written and video content its award-winning publications provide. On this episode of UnPACKed with OEM Magazine, OEM Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Neil adds a part two to her compelling PACK EXPO Connects Jumpstart interview with Bumble Bee Seafood President and …
 
PMMI prides itself on the willingness of its members to share their information and best practices that could assist fellow members – even if they are competitors. On this episode of UnPACKed with PMMI, former Chairman and longtime PMMI board member Bern McPheely joins the podcast along with Cadre Credits President and CEO David Young, to provide a…
 
The COVID-19 vaccine is the latest example of just how important packaging and processing are to society at large. Once developed, processed and packaged, the vaccine needed distribution along the very supply chains established and maintained by our industry players. Keren Sookne, director of editorial content, Healthcare Packaging Magazine, takes …
 
More and more consumers are interested in purchasing products that are free from preservatives – and High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology offers a safe way to increase shelf life. Hear from Joyce Longfield, R&D – principal of HPP applications, Good Foods Group andformer Chairperson and current member of the Cold Pressure Council, who covers im…
 
With decades of trade experience between them, Dorner vice president of aftermarket sales and marketing and PMMI board member and show committee chairperson, Matt Jones and SMC Global Account Manager and PMMI board member, Julie Hoover have an affinity for trade shows and their value to the packaging and processing industry. In this episode of UnPA…
 
PACK EXPO Connects was the first virtual event for PMMI Media Group and many exhibitors as well. Despite exhibitor preparedness, technical issues on the first day of the show kept the live demonstrations from launching as intended – as a testament to the resourcefulness of the industry, many exhibitors quickly adapted and demos returned for attende…
 
PMMI’s Association Services department provides management and support services to other packaging and processing industry associations, including the Cold Pressure Council (CPC). The CPC facilitates and promotes industry standardization and awareness of High Pressure Processing (HPP). Our host Sean Riley recently caught up with Ben Howard, laborat…
 
In this episode of UnPACKed with PMMI, we go inside the state of the industry numbers with PMMI's vice president of market development, Jorge Izquierdo. From how things looked at the end of 2019 into pre-pandemic 2020, to the way the industry has kept its nose above water and in many cases thrived during the past seven months, Jorge shares what we …
 
Now more than ever, it is crucial for the manufacturing industry to stay connected to keep up with increasing consumer demand and the challenges COVID-19 has posed to the manufacturing supply chain. Hear from Jim Chrzan, vice president, content & brand strategy at PMMI Media Group on all things PACK EXPO Connects, a virtual event like no other. Tun…
 
As the world changed this year, PMMI’s role as an industry resource, now more than ever, means connecting the industry and providing business solutions for today – and beyond. Today we welcome PMMI Senior Director of Membership Andrew Dougherty to talk about all the tools PMMI offers its members to help them conduct better business. Now more than e…
 
As someone who has covered the food and beverage industry for over 30 years, editor-in-chief of ProFood World magazine Joyce Fassl was our obvious first stop to help us sort through the COVID-19 clutter and news, and tell us what’s really going on with food processing during the pandemic. Are they safe? Are they all shutting down because of virus s…
 
Part two of this UnPACKed with PMMI series offers a very compelling case for making economic sense out of sustainability at any packaging operation. Graham Packaging’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Tracee Auld joins the podcast for a one-on-one discussion on how the global packaging giant is managing its ambitious sustainability goals, including a …
 
During a period in time when new challenges arise daily, concerns around the global pursuit of environmental sustainability could have—and can still—fall by the wayside. This two-part series of UnPACKed with PMMI podcasts provides a look at the overarching effect of a global pandemic on packaging sustainability as well as how one major packaging co…
 
Even before the pandemic, healthcare, and the ability to obtain good healthcare, was always a hot-button, headline-making issue. Affordable healthcare and maintaining a healthy workforce is crucial for any business and represents one of the leading factors potential employees seek when job hunting. With that in mind, PMMI and NAM, The National Asso…
 
Wondering how the packaging and processing OEM community is acclimating during the pandemic? Stephanie Neil, editor-in-chief of OEM Magazine, returns to the podcast, this time on the other side of the microphone, and discusses how OEMs can push through or even get ahead during an economic recession. Her background as a long time contributor to Auto…
 
Year after year, IoPP, the Institute of Packaging Professionals, reports salary data and trends in the packaging industry gathered through their Salary Survey. In order to understand the findings, especially after the uncertainty of the first half of 2020, Matt Reynolds, editor, Packaging World, joins the podcast to break down the details on employ…
 
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