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The Latest News and Updates for Contract Packaging Association Members

If you're a CPA member, learn how you can leverage your membership to propel business and empower operations.


Contract Manufacturing + Packaging magazine is the official publication of the CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers. The association provides business development support, industry education, networking opportunities, and industry intelligence for contract packagers and contract manufacturers.

This article dedicated to sharing how CPA members can leverage their membership to propel their business and empower operations.

For more information on becoming a CPA member and to gain access to industry expertise, best practices, and support, visit:

CPA Show and Conference Schedule

ENGAGE – The Contract Packaging and Manufacturing Experience

In early March, CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers hosted its largest networking opportunity and conference for the contract manufacturing and packaging (CM&P) industry, its customers, and suppliers.

More than 150 attendees joined the three-day, in-person meeting in Clearwater Beach, Fla., which connected contract packagers and manufacturers with OEM suppliers and CPGs.

Through interactive panel discussions with CPGs, as well as informative sessions on cybersecurity, workforce development, mergers and acquisitions, and the state of the industry, CM&Ps were given insight into where the industry is headed and the challenges that lie ahead.

For a recap of CPA’s ENGAGE event, visit: ENGAGE Sets the Stage for 2022

2022 CPA Show Updates

Natural Products Expo West 2022

The CPA attended Natural Products Expo West as its first trade show of 2022 in March. The CPA booth was a place for industry peers and professionals to connect with the CPA Sourcing Center, showcasing three towers’ worth of member products and materials.

PACK EXPO East 2022

Following Natural Products Expo West, the CPA attended PACK EXPO East in Philadelphia. The CPA is always very pleased with the attendance and energy from exhibitors and attendees at PACK EXPO East. At its booth, the association showcased four towers’ worth of its members’ capabilities and hosted a meet and greet reception for networking.

CPA Educational Programs

The Contract Packaging Association is a proud partner of The Packaging School, Nulogy University, and PMMI U.

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If you’re looking for a refresher on the foundations of packaging, The Packaging School offers just that. Composed of 12 online courses, the Professional Certificate of Packaging teaches the materials, processes, and influences shaping the advancement of the packaging industry. CPA members receive a 10% discount on the total cost of all courses.

If you’re more interested in remote shop floor best practices and technology training, CPA members get complimentary access to Nulogy University, an online education platform that provides users with the training and education to understand the CM&P industries.

N +cLastly, CPA Members have the benefit of taking advantage of PMMI U’s TechEd 365 courses at the PMMI member rate. PMMI’s online technical training courses provide consistent and repeatable content that is convenient and affordable, tailored to the packaging and processing industries.

To learn more about educational tools for CPA members, visit: Contract Packaging Educational Materials The Packaging School Logo

2021 State of the Industry Report

The CPA’s 2021 Contract Packaging State of the Industry Report is still available. This expanded, comprehensive report, now in its sixth edition, combines more than 150 online executive interviews, plus quantitative and qualitative primary and secondary research to produce a more detailed view of the CM&P industry, including its opportunities, headwinds, and evolving future.

As a CPA member, a copy of the executive summary of the 2021 report is included as a part of your membership fees.

The report provides 180 pages of information and perspective on the CM&P industry. Investors, vendors, customers, and competitors are all seeking a competitive advantage, and that edge begins with the information provided by this report.

The full report covers topics including:

  • Defining the food/CPG industry by scope and revenue
  • Industry CAGR 2021–2025 by sector
  • Post-pandemic trends
  • The continued expansion of private equity
  • Industry consolidation trends
  • Customer views on the changing marketplace
  • The current labor market and widening talent gap
  • Demographics on size, company age, locations, and revenue
  • Enterprise technology implementations and penetration rates
  • Offshore- and Mexico-based competition
  • Sustainability trends

Do you want to learn more before investing in the full report? You can order the executive summary for a high-level overview of the report findings. If you decide to order the full report after reading the executive summary, the cost of the executive summary will be credited toward your purchase of the full report. CPA members receive the executive summary of this report for free and can purchase the full report at a 50% discount.

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