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Packaging Summit conference to drill down on four packaging areas

Fourth annual trade show scheduled for May 13-15 in Rosemont, IL, with focuses from innovation to sustainability to contract packaging.

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Innovation, sustainability, global issues, and contract packaging will be the four conference focuses of this year’s fourth annual Packaging Summit Expo and Conference, sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals ( The trade show will be held May 13 to 15 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. Contract Packaging magazine, will moderate the panel.

Conference hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 13 and 8 a.m. to noon May 14 and 15.

Innovation and sustainability are the two conference topics on May 13. On the innovation front, Brian Reilly, senior director of the Innovation Institute at Georgia-Pacific, will present "Life Cycle Analysis...Real-World Execution." A roundtable of panelists will function as a "think tank" on how to execute a packaging-innovation strategy.

Regarding sustainability, Susan Homan, marketing manager-sustainable materials, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, will present "Analyzing the Value Proposition...for sustainable materials."

On May 14, presentations will focus on thinking globally. Paul Lewellen Sr., director supplier development, Wal-Mart International Merchandising, will give an overview of "Wal-Mart’s Strategy...on global packaging reduction."

Issues related to outsourced packaging services will rule the day on May 15. A roundtable of panelists will explore strategies for optimizing contract packaging. Jim George, editor of

For a full conference agenda and other details on Packaging Summit, visit

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