Programme 2021

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Networking Break

8:45 AM - 8:55 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:55 AM - 9:25 AM - Keynote

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Sustainability Strategies for Packaging in Decathlon

Thierry Monniaaux-Campus, Leader of packaging Business Unit, Decathlon

  • Introduction & Purpose
  • Decathlon packaging in few figures...
  • Our bias on sustainability 
  • Project axis and examples

Innovation & Technology

What Does Advanced (Plastic) Recycling Have in Store?

Susan Hansen, Global Strategist for Food Packaging & Logistics, Rabobank

Advanced (or chemical) recycling of plastics is a hot topic in the packaging world. The most optimistic proponents view it as the silver bullet solution to all issues related to plastic (packaging) waste. The strongest opponents, on the other hand, claim that this technology is never going to fly due to all sorts of hurdles, and that these technologies are very bad for the environment.

No matter which side is right, fact is that there is a massive level of interest and investments in this nascent sector. PlasticsEurope, for example, has just estimated that almost EUR 3bln will be invested in chemical recycling in 2025; growing to more than EUR 7bln in 2030.

In her presentation, Susan Hansen will provide Rabobank’s global outlook for advanced recycling by 2025 and insights into key questions like who is going to build capacity, how much, where, and by when. For example, who are the most prominent players in this field, and where is most capacity expected to be built, based on company announcements? And do we already see a winning technology already – or not?

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM - Solution Spotlights

Sustainability & Circular Economy

European Green Deal: How Steel for Packaging fits Europe’s Transition to More Efficient and Circular Economy

Alexis Van Maercke, Secretary General, APEAL

Legislation & public debate are pushing more material circularity in packaging. As FMCG brands look for alternatives to plastic, the environmental footprint of all materials such has come under much scrutiny. Recycling is no longer enough, materials must be able to demonstrate true circularity.

  • What are the recent legislative changes?
  • What is true circularity?
  • APEAL’s 2025 vision for recycling

10:35 AM - 11:25 AM

Networking Refreshments & Break

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Partnerships as Enabler to Drive Sustainable Innovation

Krzysztof Krajewski, Director, Packaging Sustainability - Hygiene, RB

In such a competitive-oriented worldwide reality we are called to reverse course of individualism and to embrace a common vision:

  • Identify new possibilities through actual challenges taking advantage of cooperation to encourage brand progress and sustainable innovations
  • Circular economy as a multi functional and cross industries eco system. Classic customer-supplier relationship does not seam to be efficient anymore and new models with multiple companies involved via consortiums is required for closing the loop of the full circular economy.  
  • Case studies of successful launches involving multiple partners in holistic product innovation propositions

Innovation & Technology

Democratising Sustainability is the Way to Engage with Consumers

Jo Chidley, Co-Founder, Beauty Kitchen

The Problem
We are a planet in crisis… governments know, businesses know, consumers know. But it is too hard to change, too expensive, not commercially viable. So let’s talk a good game, let’s market our products or policies as good, when they are just ‘less bad’. Let’s claim our products are sustainable when they are not, let’s create confusion so that change is slow and hard but cheap and profitable.

The Solution
It’s our responsibility to find ‘more good’ solutions and take them to the masses. Whether its helping close the biological or technical cycle, creating good carbon, eliminating bad carbon or is just making more good things available to more people. We amplify good.

Our passion is magnifying the good so that less bad is no longer good enough.
Democratising sustainability is the way to engage with consumers & give them access to changing the world through their packaging choices. Today we will demonstrate how the beauty industry (& other industry’s) need to work together in a transparent way to solve our big sustainability problems. Packaging being 1st on the list. We have achieved this through our Return refill repeat programme which offers packaging to other personal care brands that can be returned (when empty) to be washed and refilled. Using digital technology to track every aspect of packaging’s journey through the circular economy.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Keynote

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Happiness at Work

Ashwani Kumar, Chief Technologist: Design & Packaging, ITC Limited

  • You can create good packaging and design only if you are happy !
  • Let’s try to see how you can get that happiness 

12:35 PM - 1:35 PM

Networking Lunch

1:35 PM - 2:05 PM - Keynote

Branding & Marketing

Global Emerging Habits in Packaging

Luis Carlos Chacón, Global Consultant/Op-Ed Columnist, BusinessCase/Forbes Latin America

After the impact of pandemic - lockdown - recession consumers on a global basis moves towards cleaner ways to consume, in some way or another. In terms of packaging new approaches by consumers are changing product development, based on new habits that blends past, present, and future.

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Clear Packaging to Meet the Demands of the Ecommerce Channel While Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Packaging By 90%

Allan Randall, Business Development , Milliken & Company

The pandemic only accelerated the strong growth being realized in e-commerce. While this trend creates challenges it also opens up new opportunities, especially when it comes to replacing glass with plastic. Clear, durable, low-density polypropylene (PP) packaging greatly improves impact resistance during shipping while also reducing weight, without giving up the premium look. This also helps brand owners to enhance sustainability and lower their overall carbon footprint of their package by 90%.

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM

Networking Refreshments & Break

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Packaging in a During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Duygu Turancı, Senior Graphic & Product Communication Designer, Arçelik

Onur Onrat, Head of Product Communication & Graphic Design, Arçelik

  • To bring new perspective to design with sustainable materials and to create packaging design that will interact with the consumers

Branding & Marketing

Game Changer Dispenser Cap, Business Opportunity for Beverage Producers, Create New Products or Rebrand / Reposition Existing Products

Mark Grazhul, CEO , Nature Force Technologies AG

COVID pandemic accelerated already existing market shift to healthy beverage and food choices. For a beverage is not enough to be tasty thirst quencher, it must be tasty thirst quencher with a health benefit. 

Dispenser cap with functional ingredient inside, is business opportunity for beverage producers to join growing functional beverage market or rebrand & create different positioning to existing products without big investments.

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM - Keynote

Branding & Marketing

The Basics of Food Packaging Designing

Ali Fouad Eid, Packaging Development Manager , Sunbulah Foods

Full abstract TBC

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM - Panel Discussion

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Accessibility and the UX Thinking of Packaging

Michael Hahl, Head of Packaging  Bosch Power Tools , Bosch

Mark Grazhul, CEO , Nature Force Technologies AG

Jo Chidley, Co-Founder, Beauty Kitchen

Pierre Georgeault, Global Head of R&D Packaging and environment, Lactalis Groupe

  • Customer centric design and user experience
  • Sustainable packaging design
  • Designing packaging that improves accessibility
  • Leading packaging design teams

5:15 PM - 5:20 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks

8:25 AM - 9:25 AM

Registration & Refreshments

9:25 AM - 9:35 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

9:35 AM - 10:10 AM - Keynote

Branding & Marketing

The 360’ Heurist

Matthew Blackmore, Global Packaging Manager, Dyson

The packaging of the Dyson 360 Heurist uses just two key materials: printed corrugate board and HDPE; both easily recycled in many streams worldwide and both with great versatility as recycled materials in their own right.

The innovative engineering credentials of the Dyson 360 Heurist packaging, emulate those values we hold true in our products and set us apart from the competition.

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM - Case Studies

New Materials & Commodities

Packaging Sustainability from an OTC Company Point of View

Vincent Raspail, Packaging Development Manager - Pain relief , GSK

The Pharma/OTC industry is specific for packaging and only from the last couple of years has started to look at sustainability as something that can be openly shared with consumers. The target of this presentations is to share progress and effort that the industry is making around packaging  in order to  help suppliers and convertors to understand our needs, limitation and struggle when considering packaging change. It would also be a good opportunity to evaluate what could be bridged and implemented from other industries (especially food industry) into the OTC.

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Waste Prevention and how FMCG companies are Adapting

Francesca Stevens, Managing Director, The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment aisbl

Overview of the modifications of the Essential Requirements of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

How Can Label Choice Improve Packaging Sustainability?

Eliisa Laurikainen, Business Development Manager, UPM Raflatac

Learn how you can take action for a circular economy by choosing sustainable labelling solutions. In this webinar we will discuss the following topics with inspiring real-life examples and answer your questions:
  • The role of recycling, reusing, and redesigning sustainable packaging for a circular economy
  • How your label choice can support recycled content and packaging recyclability targets
  • Industry level innovations for a transition from a linear to a circular economy

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Networking Refreshments & Break

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM - Case Studies

Research & Development

Sustainable & Value Engineering Trends in Cosmetics Packaging

Piotr Durys, CEE Procurement Packaging Lead, Avon International (part of Natura & CO)

Let’s be honest – we were selfish. No matter whether acting as governments, businesses or individuals – we were selfish. Who from us did not use plastic straws on our all-inclusive vacations? The same applies to packaging – it was very convenient for us to use lots of plastics or non-recyclable material, wasn’t it? The question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late. Three major global sustainability challenges include: waste & pollution, climate & biodiversity and human rights. The key question now is how to implement sustainable & value engineering solutions into our businesses to contribute to the triple bottom line. We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work so that we could someday say to our children that we did everything we could to leave safer & cleaner world for them. Topics to be included in the presentation:

1.     The world of packaging so far
2.     Current challenges
3.     Sustainability solutions
4.     Embedding sustainability goals in the organization
5.     Role of Procurement function

Branding & Marketing

Packaging Development Creative Results with Retail Restrictions

Niels Prinsen, Senior Packaging Designer , Philips

The session will highlight how Philips:
  • Approaches sustainable packaging development.
  • Collaborates with partners
  • Integrates design thinking
  • Achieves creative result with retail restrictions.
(Case study: How to pack an App & Online Amazon packaging for Beauty)

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Networking Lunch

1:40 PM - 2:10 PM - Case Studies

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Innovative Packaging Design to Advance Sustainability in the Wine Industry

Amelia Dales, Commercial Director, Garçon Wines

Garçon Wines are the multi award-winning British start-up that is innovating in wine packaging to make the wine industry more sustainable in a 21st century world, starting with planet- friendly, IP-protected bottles that showcase shape innovation, best-in-class material and recyclability by design.

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Consumer Expectations and Brand Reactions in Responsible Packaging

Benjamin Punchard, Global Packaging Insights Director, Mintel

This presentation will use Mintel's consumer data and Global New Products Database to investigate:

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; has this pushed environmentally friendly packaging down the consumer agenda? 
  • Consumers' responsible packaging behaviour; is plastic pollution still the main focus for consumers' packaging concern?
  • Innovative responsible packaging launches; how are brands and retailers reacting in their packaging choices?
  • The future of responsible packaging: what will drive responsible packaging innovation in the next 5 years?

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM - Case Studies

New Materials & Commodities

Reducing Virgin Plastic

Danilo P. Silva, Packaging Disruptive & Sustainability, ZITEC SAZ

  • End of life treatment for products
  • Waste management Solutions
  • Returning Plastic to Source 

Sustainability & Circular Economy

The Future of Dairy Packaging, Arla's View

Kasper Thormod Nielsen, Head of Communication, Sustainability and Public Affairs , Arla Foods

  • The goodness of packaging
  • Arla’s sustainable packaging journey
  • The future of dairy packaging
  • Big business, big challenges
  • Final questions and reflections

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM - Case Studies

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Food Packaging Sustainability

Ludovica Verzegnassi, VP Global Head Regulatory and Scientific Affairs , Nestle

Regulations, consumers expectations, limitations for end of life management, where should governments and industries prioritise common efforts to decrease plastic impact in the environment.

3:20 PM - 3:35 PM

Networking break

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM - Case Studies

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Kimberly-Clark’s 2030 Ambition – How Packaging and Partnerships Form Vital Aspects of Driving Sustainability for the Next Decade

Daniel Locke, Global Sustainability Product & Packaging Leader, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

  • The role of innovation in enacting a sustainability strategy throughout a global supply chain
  • How to use strategic partnerships to accelerate impact
  • The importance of not just thinking about material impact, but also social impact

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Towards a Circular Economy for Plastics

Sander Defruyt, Lead, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Where are we on the journey towards a circular economy for plastics and what is next?

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM - Keynote

Branding & Marketing

Non-Alcoholic Spirits, a New Category in Rapid Growth

Erika Ollén, Co-Founder & Marketing Director, Gnista Spirits

Gnista, the Swedish maker of non-alcoholic spirits, is determined to challenge the concept of “spirit”. The category as such is new but rapidly growing and numerous brands, representing highly different liquids, try to carve out their space. This is the story about why the team behind Gnista decided to use a different approach and why packaging and the brand was the natural starting point.

4:40 PM - 4:45 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Conference