Food & Beverage Agenda

Retail & Consumer Goods Packaging

Day1: November 10, 2021

Keynote Session
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

Extended Producer Responsibility, Circular Economy, Market Access Service in Europe, Waste compliance, Recycling
Thomas Fischer
Head of Market Intelligence & Governmental Affairs
Landbell AG
 

9:25 am (CET)

Extended producers responsibility for packaging - a plastic perspective on modulated fees
Robbie Staniforth
Head of Policy
Ecosurety
 

9:50 am (CET)

Using data to accelerate success in a world becoming less reliant on plastics
David Harding-Brown
CEO
EcoVeritas
The world today has a heightened focus on the impact of packaging, particularly plastic packaging, and the need to reduce ocean pollution and promote a circular economy. Our presentation will look at the current legislative landscape, the constantly evolving requirement to meet global legislative obligations across markets and the mitigation of the impact of packaging from a legal, value chain and supply chain perspective​. ecoVeritas has provided businesses with effective solutions along their entire supply chain. This presentation will demonstrate the commercial benefits that collecting and analysing accurate packaging and sustainability data, in line with future legislative requirements, brings to businesses, along with exploring the value of data transparency and optimisation solutions upstream to reduce cost and environmental impact​.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

Disrupting the publishing industry with sustainability and technology
Martina Bonnier
Editor in Chief,
Vogue Scandinavia
David Ekberg
Executive Vice President, Packaging Solutions Division
Stora Enso
Vogue Scandinavia is disrupting the publishing industry in many ways and aim to become the most modern magazine and a sustainability leader in the industry. To achieve these goals, Vogue Scandinavia formed a strategic partnership with Stora Enso. In Plastic Free World Conference, Vogue Scandinavia and Stora Enso will share how they are creating eco-friendly fashion media together.
 

11:10 am (CET)

Moving forward with new, scalable solutions
Jürgen Dornheim
Director Corporate Packaging Sustainability & Innovation
Procter & Gamble
Major global brand owners are facing a variety of challenges in the context of sustainability and their individual environmental footprints. Procter & Gamble is developing products according to the latest findings regarding environmental compatibility, taking into account the changing expectations of customers, and ultimately also meeting the various legal requirements worldwide. Procter & Gamble will give an insight into areas in which the future for today’s customers and future generations is being shaped.
 

11:35 am (CET)

The Beauty of Circularity-COTY’s closed-loop cradle-to-cradle transport packaging system
Volker Maier
Global Luxury Engineering Leader and Engineering Director
COTY,
A global beauty company and member of the Ellen MacArthur “Circular Economy 100 Network”,COTY will share their experience with a circular innovation project at their bottling plant in Cologne (Germany), which combines the use of secondary organic feedstock and digital technology within a closed-loop system. Their highly scalable pilot project substantiatesthe business case for a cradle-to-cradle (C2C) approach for industrial transport packaging. It turned out to be an engine for innovation, collaboration, and growth for all partners in the C2C value cycle. In addition to listed benefits backed-up by production data, COTY will illustrate the scaling potential across different supply chains, industries and regions
 

12:00 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: Collaboration within supply chains
Graeme Smith
Head of Product Sustainability for Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials
Mondi
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging
1:30 am - 5:00 pm (CET)

1:30 pm (CET)

How does packaging sustainability influence consumers’ perception of a product, and how can this be positively shaped by involving packaging designers at an early stage?
Claudia Rivinius
Marketing Director
STI Group
Packaging is the first touchpoint for a product and therefore significantly impacts product perception. This presentation will explain which aspects of packaging development to take into account, how packaging can be made more sustainable, and what the supply chain considerations are, from cradle to cradle. It will also explain how to sustainably inspire shoppers at the POS, how to make your POS presence more sustainable, how to credibly communicate your ecological commitment at the POS, how to set up a display in just a few seconds and save not only time but also CO2, and how Alpro convinces retailers with its climate-neutral display.

1:55 pm (CET)

Building sustainable plastic-free brands
Lorenz von Seherr
Geschäftsführer
PlantBase GmbH
(Almost) anyone can sell natural cosmetics. Being truly sustainable and still developing innovative and helpful products, on the other hand, is not so easy. PlantBase has turned the cosmetics world upside down. The combination of innovative, plastic-free products and packaging and dealing with new digital challenges at the same time was the decisive success factor for PlantBase. Why it is becoming increasingly important to combine sustainable ideas with thoughtful strategic thinking?

2:20 pm (CET)

Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink
Jo Rowan
Associate Director - Strategy
PriestmanGoode
Networking Session -
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm (CET)
 

3:15 pm (CET)

The rise of reusables: understanding the impact and mapping the path to scale
Kathleen Rademan
Director Innovation Platform
Fashion for Good
This session will give an overview of the different reusable systems and their potential within the fashion e-commerce sector. It will then dive into a nuanced impact analysis of reusable packaging versus single-use packaging, accounting for key variables that may influence its impact, such as the return rate, type of single-use packaging used and distance traveled. The discussion will be capped off by key recommendations and considerations for implementation, shaped by industry-specific case-study examples.

3:40 pm (CET)

Eliminating plastic from consumer packaging
Thomas Marinelli
Head of Sustainable Design & Products
Signify
Signify actively strives for a reduction of the environmental impact of its products and has now started eliminating all plastics from packaging for consumer-related products with the aim to be plastic-free in 2021. In Q3 2020 the new plastic-free packaging for LED lamps launched in Europe, removing over 500 metric tonnes of plastic waste per year. In total, the move to plastic-free consumer packaging will avoid the use of over 2.5 million kilos of plastic annually. In this presentation, we will share our approach, successes and struggles to find alternative materials and packaging redesign.

4:05 pm (CET)

Adapting the supply and demand on rPET by rethinking and weight lighting of plastic bottles using an artificial intelligence platform
Dr Katharina Eissing
CEO
Digimind
With the commitment of major companies to a circular plastic economy, the demand for rPET has doubled to 1.1 billion pounds in 2021 while the actual production is just 333 million pounds. There is a huge opportunity to redesign and reduce the weight of the packaging without affecting the performance, thus addressing the rPET supply shortage. New technologies such as digital twin and AI are capable of solving this challenge.

4:30 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: FibreTech2.0 -Emulation of food-grade plastic packaging formats at scale
Michael Laermann
Managing Director
Reason & Rhyme
Volker Maier
Global Luxury Engineering Leader and Engineering Director
COTY,
Tahsin Dag
CEO
Papacks
Timo Porsch
CEO
Periplast
Panelists from three different industries (food, beauty, packaging) discuss their experience with fibre-basedmaterialsfrom secondary feedstock combined with organic barrier coatings and modern injection molding techniques to replace conventional plastic packagingby new formats that are recyclable, compostable, andcertified food-safe. Their showcase will feature the emulation of plastic transport trays, cosmetic cream jars, and coffee capsules made from aluminium

Day2: November 11, 2021

Achieving 100% of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (CET)

9:00 am (CET)

New sustainable food contact materials & Global regulatory & compliance Challenges
Marco Scialpi
Food Contact Material Global Business Development Manager & FCM Senior Expert
TÜV International GmbH
The presentation will provide an overview of international FCM legislation, TUVR product testing and DINCERTCO certification scheme requirements for sustainable products (biobased, biodegradable, compostable and recyclable materials) and related migration safety challenges.
 

9:25 am (CET)

Sustainable packaging as a matter of willpower, not of legislation - Best practice of successful European retailers
Georg Raffael Spindler
Manager Speciality Applications & Analytics
Lenzing AG
The presentation will explain how Lenzing and PACKNATUR joined forces to shake up the way we pack fresh fruits and vegetables, and how retailers have benefited from showing the will to change. LENZING for Packaging surrounds food and other goods in naturally durable and biodegradable fibers that are of botanic origin and certified safe for food contact. Sustainably produced and fully compostable after use, LENZING cellulosic fibers are suitable for a varied range of packaging applications, from single-use botanic nets to reusable bags. In close cooperation with producers, Lenzing AG has developed environmentally sustainable single-use nets and reusable bags for fruits and vegetables made from LENZING Modal fibers of botanic origin and certified as compliant with recognized safety standards for food contact. Responsibly produced in line with Lenzing’s commitment to sustainability, these vibrantly colored nets are becoming increasingly popular as a compostable substitute for plastic bags and nets that are derived from non-renewable sources and contribute to the pollution of the environment.
 

9:50 am (CET)

The Future for Flexible Packaging / Eliminating Plastic Packaging Waste with Circular Solutions
Betül Türel Erbay
Sustainability & Business Development Director
Elif Packaging
Our packaging is part of the solution to future challenges. However, one of the biggest challenges for sustainability so far is the various processes of collecting and sorting the packaging waste and how to include them in the cycle in order to create a real circular economy. The appreciated model for the global economy is changing and developing from a linear to a circular economy. Therefore, the whole supply chain should be aligned with the standardization of recycling processes both nationally and internationally.
 
Networking Session -
10:15 am - 10:45 am (CET)
 

10:45 am (CET)

Made with purpose, not plastic! Our story on how we achieved the successful creation of a mass-produced paper bottle that could effectively eliminate the need for single-use plastic bottles in the supply chain.
David MacDonald
Business Owner
Cullen Eco-Friendly Packaging
This presentation summarises the real-life manufacturing challenges and hurdles faced by our team during our journey to create a mass market paper bottle. We will discuss the application of new technology, and detail the various steps taken that resulted in an innovative, patent pending solution that will significantly reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles in the supply chain.
 

11:10 am (CET)

There’s no single route to sustainability, it’s about finding the best one for our customers and the environment.
Graeme Smith
Head of Product Sustainability for Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials
Mondi
Mondi’s customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions, supports customers to achieve their sustainability goals and commitments in a fact-based manner that benefits end consumers and the planet. Mondi is uniquely positioned to provide customers with paper and packaging that is fit for purpose using paper where possible, plastic when useful. To ensure our products are sustainable by design, all our activities are based around three actions: replace, reduce, recycle. 1) Replacing packaging and materials with solutions that take product requirements and sustainability into account. 2) Reducing overall environmental footprint and the volume of raw material used through design, operational efficiency and raw material choices. 3) Designing packaging and materials that are optimized for recycling. How do we identify the most sustainable solution for our customers? We follow the five-steps process. 1) Challenge: How can we become more sustainable? Make packaging reusable, recyclable, biodegradable? Reduce total carbon footprint? Optimize the supply chain? We challenge and identify the objectives with our customers. 2) Analyze: All touchpoints in a product lifecycle can have an impact, such as technical requirements, supply chain, end-consumer expectations, legislation, geography, waste management and recycling. 3) Identify: We identify the areas where the packaging can have an impact and design solutions according to our sustainable product criteria. 4) Demonstrate: We join forces with internal and external application centers and certification bodies to verify that sustainable impacts have been achieved. 5) Review: A product currently reviewed as sustainable may be viewed differently tomorrow. Legislation changes, technological breakthroughs happen – we review our solutions and create packaging that is sustainable by design today and tomorrow. With our ever-changing marketplace, customer demands, health and hygiene risks, the need for an agile, sustainable business that works with stakeholders to be fully sustainable is no longer an ask, it is a must. In this presentation we will talk about how our sustainability approach successfully transitions to a new norm of sustainable products in a global environment where the demands are the new standard that needs to be achieved. We will tell our story, backed up with collaborations with major FMCGs, retailers, NGOs (EMF), recyclers and other knowledge partners. There is no single route to sustainability, the silver bullet doesn’t exist – we believe in a collaborative approach supported by facts and figures.
 

11:35 am (CET)

Concerted Efforts in Unlocking Circularity
Dr Julien Renvoise
Global Circularity Manager, Plastics
Trinseo
The presentation will discuss proven closed-loop recycling technologies for food packaging. Plastic packaging materials and waste face increasingly stringent sustainability targets on a global basis. To realize the vision of a circular economy, chemical recycling plays a vital role in decreasing fossil resource depletion and plastic waste as a whole. The presentation will cover chemical recycling technology, among others, to illustrate the infinite recyclability of polystyrene. It is a technology that unlocks circularity and helps create a truly sustainable future for food contact applications. The transition to a circular economy requires the concerted efforts of the whole value chain. The styrenics value chain has a particularly large role because of such technology and polystyrene’s unique properties.
 

12:00 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: EPR as sustainable model to ensure proper treatment of plastic packaging (Panellists to be announced)
Joachim Quoden
Managing Director / Lawyer
EXPRA - Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance
Nicole Bendsen
Secretariat of the PREVENT Waste Alliance
GIZ
Gunilla Carlsson
Board Member
ISWA International Solid Waste Association
This session will explain the principles of extended producer responsible and respective EPR systems that can ensure the proper treatment of (plastic) packaging so that only a few plastics leak into the environment. This is achieved by establishing and running sustainable and efficient collection, sorting and recycling systems with accompanying communication and awareness campaigns backed up by anti-litter initiatives and support for companies to design their packaging in a sustainable way, leading to drastically less landfill and litter. The principles will be demonstrated by best practices from the field, meaning the work of various EPR systems in Europe and abroad.
 
Networking Session -
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (CET)
 
Reuse ‘refill’ model - Reuse ‘return’ model
1:30 am - 2:45 pm (CET)

1:30 pm (CET)

Packaging & Circular economy. The IFCO RPCs case
Michael Pooley
CEO
IFCO SYSTEMS GmbH
There are examples of packaging that are made to be shared and reuse. IFCO is the leading company of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh produce. We manage a pool of 314 mio RPCs for about 1,7 billion trips a year, since 1992. Our crates are made of one only material (PP5), and used between 30 and 120 times before repaired or granulated to create new IFCO RPCs so that nothing is wasted.

1:55 pm (CET)

The power of cooperation to achieve climate-neutral glass packaging
Vanessa Chesnot
Senior Product Policy Manager
FEVE
By 2050 the container glass industry aims to achieve a major revolution in the way glass is produced that is fit for a circular and climate neutral economy. We are proud to produce healthy, reusable and infinitely recyclable closed loop packaging. It is inert and always remains healthy and safe for food grade packaging no matter how many times it is recycled. But the container glass industry needs to address carbon emissions. The presentation will provide an opportunity to learn about concrete initiatives such as the Close the Glass Loop, The Furnace for the Future and the Glass Hallmark that the European Glass Packaging industry is putting in place to address sustainability and climate change, achieve a Circular Economy and discuss how partnerships across industrial value chains can help industry innovate and decarbonise.

2:20 pm (CET)

Panel discussion: Reuse ‘refill’ model and reuse ‘return’ model
Siân Sutherland
Co-Founder
A Plastic Planet
Networking Session -
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm (CET)
 
Plastic packaging footprint and supply chain transparency
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm (CET)

3:15 pm (CET)

To be announced
Yoni Shiran
Partner
SYSTEMIQ

3:40 pm (CET)

Revisiting Plastics Recyclability - developing standard testing protocols to check the quality of recyclate
Fabrizio Di Gregorio
Technical Director
Recyclass & Plastic Recyclers Europe

4:05 pm (CET)

APK's Newcycling: an update on PCR, purification potential & emissions reduction
Kristy-Barbara Lange
Head of Public Affairs
APK AG
APK AG is an innovative plastics recycler whose Newcycling process enables the plastics and packaging value chains to meet two major challenges of today's plastics economy: increase quality of plastic recyclates and keep emissions low. In the first half of 2021 APK plans to realise a major campaign at its industrial-scale Newcycling plant in Merseburg (8,000 t/a) using post-consumer waste from flexible plastic film streams as input material. The presentation will share news on insights gained on quality of recyclate, purification potential and emissions reduction potential. Furthermore, the presentation will map the potential contribution of advanced physical Recycling Technologies to the European Commission's 2025 and 2030 targets.

2:30 pm (CET)

Panel Discussion: Technologies in the recycling Landscape
Kristy-Barbara Lange
Head of Public Affairs
APK AG
Carlos Monreal
CEO
Plastic Energy
Luis Hoffmann
Technologist Polymer Recycling
Sulzer Chemtech Ltd
The presentation will outline the different contributions of different technologies and clarify what is chemical and what is physical recycling and which processes can achieve specific aspects of a circular plastics economy, and by when.

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