The first half of 2019 may be in the rearview mirror, but packaging professionals can take heart!, There are still opportunities to attend some of the world’s best packaging events on the road ahead.

In the months to come, packaging professionals can get a preview of new products and innovative packaging, work with the latest tools and technology to support their job functions, contemplate the future of sustainable packaging, and meet other professionals across the supply chain. How’s that for an exciting year end?

By attending a packaging event, packaging professionals can get an edge on the competition by learning what’s now – and what’s next. Better yet, they can find ways to improve their business processes, achieve KPIs, and establish new partnerships.

Here’s our list of the 10 best events to visit in the months ahead.

Luxe Pack New York
May 15 – 16, 2019
New York, New York

Luxe Pack New York is where more than 250 marketers, designers and packaging professionals meet to discuss packaging business development. The event focuses on the packaging for beauty, wellness, fragrance, and fine foods, as well as for wine and spirits products. (Hope there’s tasting!). If you miss this Luxe Pack, you can likely catch a future show, as Luxe Pack events take place all over the world. Experiencing a bit of wanderlust? One upcoming event will be Luxe Pack Monaco, taking place from Oct. 1 to Oct 2, 2019.

Sessions include:
Cineluxe: Exhibitors will pitch their products in state-of-the-art video formats. (Celebrity sightings possible!).
Luxe Pack Launch Pad: A visual display of the most innovative retail launches from 2018.
Tech Talks: Packaging experts will demonstrate industry technology for packaging products, including smart packaging.
Luxe Pack in Green: A competition for the best new sustainable packaging. It’s green vs. green, and the environment gets a trophy!

EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2019
June 11 – 13, 2019
Guadalajara, Mexico

At EXPO PACK, attendees will see the latest trends and technologies in packaging and graphic arts for industries including food, beverages, and chemistry. This year, more than 16,000 professional buyers and 700 companies will attend the show, giving attendees a large sample of what’s happening now in packaging across Latin America.

Sessions include:
David Luttenberger keynote speech: Luttenberger, global packaging director of Mintel, will discuss how brands must rethink packaging to better serve e-commerce customers.
Expert Panel: Packaging professionals will discuss the challenges of innovation in packaging and processing and provide a roadmap for turning those challenges into opportunities.

ProPak China 2019
June 19 – 21, 2019
Shanghai, China

ProPak China has always been one of the longest-running and biggest packaging events in China, and this year, the show will up its game even more: ProPak signed an agreement with FoodPack China to hold both events at the same time and in the same place. This means the entire food supply chain—from animal raising to food packaging—will be featured at the event. Event organizers expect to attract 100,000 buyers from the food, beverage, beauty and personal care, and pharmaceutical industries.

Sessions for this year’s event aren’t yet listed, but ProPak 2018 featured forums on packaging robotics and trends, and one-to-one matchmaking services (B2B, not C2C!).

EskoWorld 2019
June 24 – 26, 2019
Nashville, Tennessee

Each year, Esko’s Annual User Conference, EskoWorld, brings the packaging value chain together in one place to connect the software, hardware and people that have serious packaging game. Attendees learn about the future of the industry, network with colleagues and catch a glimpse of Esko’s product roadmaps. They can also go “backstage” to get one-on-one product demonstrations and help from experts. No passes, bribes or “But I’m with the band!” required!

Sessions include:
Proofing Troubleshooting: How Not to Panic when your Proof Doesn’t Come Out Correctly
Understanding Organizational Requirements for Software Deployments
Packaging Content Management within WebCenter

Plastic-Free World Conference & Expo
June 27 – 28, 2019
Frankfurt, Germany

The goal of the Plastic Free World Conference & Expo is to eliminate plastic waste. For businesses looking to reduce their plastic consumption and find sustainable alternatives across the supply chain, this event promises access to a cornucopia of environmental and sustainability experts, all of whom will discuss alternatives to plastics across the packaging spectrum and in every industry from food to aerospace. Attendees will see and hear about the next generation of biodegradable and compostable products across four event tracks including retail and consumer goods; fashion and textile; food and beverage; and automotive and transportation.

Packaging speakers at this year’s event include:
Augusto Garzon, global innovation director at Unilever
Phil Townsend, sustainable raw materials specialist at Marks & Spencer
Carlo C. Galli, head of sustainability at Nestlé Waters

Future of Business Education in Packaging
July 10, 2019
Boston, Massachusetts

The Future of Business Education in Packaging (FBEP) is a one-day event for those who develop the skills and knowledge of the packaging industry’s workforce. Packaging leaders and academics will gather to address questions like: “How does business attract, nurture and grow the right employees and their professional talents?” and “Where will packaging innovation skills come from?”

Sessions include:
Optimized knowledge transfer through social business networks featuring John Hill, VP of Network at TechStars
Nurturing packaging agility in business from a scientific, educational point of view featuring Ross Lee, professor of practice at Villanova University
Roundtable discussions on education in packaging

PackPlus
Aug. 28 – 31, 2019
New Delhi, India

The Pack Plus event addresses package development and products and provides attendees with the opportunity to network with potential clients and industry colleagues. The event brings professionals from the food and pharmaceutical industries together to discuss packaging development and innovation. Event organizers also expect a large number of visitors from materials, equipment, and services.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas
Sept. 23 – 25, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada

More than 30,000 packaging professionals—among them engineers, project managers, and designers—will gather at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, where they’ll have access to educational sessions, networking lounges, and more than 2,000 exhibitors.

The vast number of education sessions account for the record attendance levels: The Innovation Stage features 30-minute sessions on the latest developments in packaging, and The Forum hosts shorter talks from industry experts followed by group discussions.

PROCESS EXPO
Oct. 8-11, 2019
Chicago, Illinois

At PROCESS EXPO, food and beverage professionals gather to see and learn about the latest trends and technology in packaging for snacks, beverages, dairy, pet food, prepared foods, candy, and cannabis. Packaging professionals will also be able to learn about food safety, production machines, and new products.

Sessions include:
PROCESS EXPO U, with courses on food and beverage processing and packaging
Dairy Processing 101, a two-day course on working with dairy products
Food safety courses, including HACCP Training

Automation Fair
Nov. 20 – 21
Chicago, Illinois

Automation is becoming a more significant part of the packaging industry, and the Automation Fair trains packaging professionals to meet the challenges ahead. The event includes forums, hands-on labs and professional development courses for packaging pros looking to automate their line.

There will also be educational sessions on information solutions, network infrastructure, and visualization.

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