Focal Point 2017 Paper-Based Food Packaging and Serviceware
 Shelly Thobe addresses the Focal Point 2016 conference
Shelly Thobe, director of culinary innovation for The Wendy's Company, talks to the Focal Point 2016 audience about food packaging innovation strategies at Wendy's.

Focal Point 2017

We've already confirmed speakers from Nestlé, Caribou Coffee and the Food and Drug Administration. Save the date, October 24, for this engaging and informative one-day conference.

Brand owners and their customers generally prefer the natural look and feel of paper- and paperboard-based food packaging and serviceware compared to plastic products. Existing favorable environmental characteristics enhance the appeal, and these products have high potential for even greater environmental advantages when it comes to end-of-life management. On the other hand, performance sometimes is regarded as inferior to plastic in certain applications. But that is changing as innovative coatings emerge from the laboratory and into the marketplace, creating potential for greater market penetration for paper- and paperboard-based products in the food industry.

This conference will:

  • Provide brand-owner perspectives on paper-based food packaging and serviceware items
  • Provide insights from leading converting companies about future needs and trends in paper and paperboard packaging
  • Describe a number of innovations targeting superior performance
  • Cover end-of-life management practices that improve environmental footprints
  • Provide regulatory insights on paper-based food packaging and serviceware

Here are some of the comments from delegates
at the 2016 conference:

 "World-class conference" – Dean Benjamin, Verso Company

"Great insight into the drivers and challenges facing the paper industry"
 – Neil Darin, HAVI

 "Enjoyable, brief, to the point" – Emily Williams, Michelman

"An excellent summit for the innovation in paper" – Rhodes Yepsen, BPI

"This is a fantastic program for multiple areas of our organization"
– Addie Teeters, Expera Specialty Solutions

 "A small, well-focused conference for the sustainable packaging industry" – Steve Ottone, Omya

Dreyfus University Center at UW-Stevens Point is the site for
Focal Point 2017.

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 2017 Sponsors


We're planning another super October event, with speakers already confirmed from Nestlé, Caribou Coffee, the Federal Trade Commission, LBP Manufacturing, and the Food and Drug Administration, and more to come. Gain positive recognition for your company starting now by joining us as a sponsor for this annual conference. Sponsorships available starting at just $500 and up to the $1,750 premier sponsorship.