The Packaging Hall of Fame was initiated in 1972 by the Packaging Education Forum. When PEF was dissolved last year, PMMI planned to continue the Hall of Fame. To do so, it formed a seven-member Packaging Hall of Fame Commission that selected these four individuals from a group of 15 packaging professionals nominated by their peers. The Hall recognizes career packaging professionals for making significant contributions in advancing packaging technology and engendering a better understanding of packaging's role on society.
PMMI says "Dr. Bourque singularly pioneered the development of two of the most important advances in beverage packaging technologies of the 20th century: aseptic packaging in paperboard composite 'juice boxes,' and hot filling into polyester bottles." He retired from Ocean Spray after more than 35 years of service.
Among King's contributions was a 1964 book, "Adventures in Export," that was used in the packaging business and sold for years as a university text. King, daughter of Marsh Company founder Walton Marsh, retired from the company in 1998.
Kopecky worked in R&D and operations at Kraft Foods for 20 years, and more recently dedicated 15 years to the Wm. Wrigley Co. "He has been responsible for many unique and innovative food packages. Wrigley gave Kopecky its highest honor for Creativity for his development of the U.S. Orbit package," notes PMMI.
The association says Starr "has often been referred to as the 'Founding Father of vacuum packaging in the U.S.,' and for good reason. With a 47-year career with Koch Supplies/Koch Equipment, he is primarily responsible for introducing and promoting to the United States food packaging industry the concept of vacuum packaging, which he imported from a small town in West Germany."
Tickets for the reception and induction ceremony are $25 and can be purchased at www.pmmi.org/tickets.asp or by calling Samara Wolf at PMMI at 703/516-0649.