The future of packaging to be showcased at the UK’s largest industry event
Packaging professionals from across the FMCG industry will have the opportunity to experience the latest developments on the market when Packaging Innovations 2020 returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 26 & 27 February. The exhibition, alongside its co-located events Ecopack, Contract Pack & Fulfilment, Empack, and Label&Print, will also host a robust seminar programme featuring the world’s leading packaging pioneers, as well as a series of interactive show features and networking opportunities.
With over 300 suppliers set to join the show, many of which are using it as a platform to launch their latest innovations, visitors will have the opportunity to experience cutting-edge developments from across the industry.
For instance, Colpac will launch its Stagione® range for the hot-food-to-go and delivered meals markets, designed to enable retailers and food service operators to meet consumer expectations.
Delipac will unveil its Sustainable Suite: ‘Meal Deal’. The design is recyclable and compostable and is suitable for freezing, heating, and chilling.
Foxpak Flexibles will unveil its Compostable Coffee Pouch. Made from plant-based materials, including closures, inks, and degassing valves, the innovation provides a sustainable alternative to traditional mixed plastic coffee packaging.
Coveris will unveil its RecyclaLite™, an innovative and lightweight sandwich skillet for the food-to-go sector. The easy-to-recycle design features a reduced film gauge and a peel-able function to encourage the separation of film from board by consumers.
Carlton Packaging will launch the X Taper®, an automatic biodegradable paper tape dispenser that provides a tamper evident and fully recyclable seal for cartons throughout the pick, pack, and despatch process.
In addition to the busy show floor, Packaging Innovations will host a range of interactive features and engaging seminar content designed to offer visitors invaluable industry insights and inspiration.
The challenges of wasted produce, safety, and sustainable options will be key focuses on the Food Forum. Hosted by Emma Hanby, Associate Director Consulting – Technology at Campden BRI Group, several leading brands will take to the stage to consider how the industry can work together to create disposable packaging that won’t harm the environment.
As 60 percent of global packaging is used by the food industry, Oliver Revill, Senior Category Buyer at Gousto, will join the Food Forum to discuss how brands can balance creating packaging that protects produce and maintains freshness, without costing the earth. Also joining the line-up is Sarah Ottaway, Sustainability and Social Value Lead at Suez, who will explore how the industry can tackle environmental issues as global food consumption continues to rise and demand increases, despite resources becoming scarcer.
2020 will also see the debut of the BIG Carbon Debate. Developed in association with OPRL and the FPA, the two-day seminar will replace the popular BIG Plastics Debate and move the conversation forward by shifting the focus on to the wider issue of carbon’s damaging impact on the environment. The new feature will provide a holistic view of the challenge of creating packaging that is truly eco-friendly throughout its life cycle, from raw material to disposal.
Victoria Blake, Event Director of Easyfairs’ UK Packaging Portfolio, comments: “We are excited to welcome Packaging Innovations back for 2020. With our busiest show floor to date, the event will offer the unparalleled opportunity for visitors to meet with over 300 suppliers under one roof, as well as experience a robust seminar programme designed to offer advice to those in the FMCG. This is something they can’t do at any other event.”