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IoPP Constitution revision vote
As a result of recent restructuring of the leadership and governance of IoPP, with the intent of making the leadership more transparent and efficient, the IoPP Board of Directors has approved several changes to the IoPP bylaws. Specifically, one of these changes is the elimination of the executive committee, with the full authority of Institute leadership vested now with the board of directors.

IoPP is requesting member input regarding the following change to the IoPP Constitution that will affect this structure by removing Section 6 - Executive Committee from the Constitution that states: "An Executive Committee of the Board shall be established in accordance with the Bylaws. All actions of the Executive Committee shall be subject to the approval of the Board." (Ref. Constitution & Bylaws, Article IV, Section 6). Please click here to place your vote on this important revision to the IoPP Constitution. Please provide your vote by March 31.
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Nominations are now being accepted for IoPP's National Honors & Awards
Members who volunteer their time to IoPP deserve recognition and, with your help, IoPP acknowledges the contributions made by individuals for their outstanding service to the Institute and to the packaging community as a whole. Do you know an IoPP member who is deserving of National praise? Any current IoPP member may nominate a fellow IoPP member who meets the National Awards criteria by submitting a nomination. Induct someone today! To nominate your choice of an IoPP member who is worthy of this honor, please click here.
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New blended program, built for your schedule, can help you become a company visionary
Do you need to sharpen your packaging skills and want online training, but also desire to be part of a small online instructor-led study group of your peers — with focused discussion on packaging applications that matter to you? And to do it all without leaving your office? Fundamentals Select, IoPP's new hybrid training option, is designed for busy working professionals like you. At the end of the 10-week program, you'll have essential, broad-based packaging knowledge that can make you a go-to professional on your packaging team and enhance your career growth. Don't miss out! The first study group will begin April 28 and is limited to 12 participants. For details and registration, click here.
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2nd Oliver Stauffer discussion to continue IoPP Premium Webinar Series
Container closure integrity is distinct in its definition, and new package formats and products present uncharted territory for container closure integrity testing. Using key questions in package development, gray areas of CCIT can yield definitive answers and technological solutions that assure product safety. This IoPP Premium webinar, taking place from 1-2 p.m. CST April 17, will offer insight into understanding and defining the Critical to Quality leak size for various package and container formats, and how to manage sterile barrier integrity. Click here for details and to register.
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Save the date! AmeriStar & Visionary Awards Reception coming in June
The 2014 AmeriStar & Visionary Awards Reception, taking place June 10 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City during EastPack, honors those packaging professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the packaging community, recognizing their foresight and innovative spirit. IoPP's AmeriStar Packaging Awards competition commemorates the best packages of the year and UBM Canon's Packaging Group Visionary Awards pay tribute to the people of packaging who show vision and leadership in advancing their company's goals of packaging innovation, differentiation, savings and growth. IoPP and UBM Canon bring these two powerhouse awards programs together in a ceremony to celebrate the trailblazers in the packaging industry. For details, click here.
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IoPP partners with ITC, UCIMA for Italian Packaging Technology Awards
IoPP is proud to announce a partnership with the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association to resume the Italian Packaging Technology Awards Program in 2014. The program is organized by ITC and UCIMA, in which in a junior, senior or graduate-level academic program can compete for the awards, which demonstrate their packaging expertise. The program culminates with the winning students receiving a complimentary study trip to Italy this summer. For information, contact Barbara Dykes at 630-696-4010 or email
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Optimize your packaging with a visit to SouthPack
See what's new and exciting in the industry at SouthPack, April 15-16 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. Discover the newest packaging and processing technologies, connect with suppliers one-on-one, and compare solutions side by side. Enhance your expo experience with the all new Learning Labs — two-hour interactive sessions designed to tackle your greatest technical and strategic challenges. Plus, don't miss all the new Speed Networking event, new innovation tours of the show floor, and more. SouthPack is supported by the IoPP. For more information on all event features and to register, click here.
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Jay Leno to liven up Pack Expo proceedings
Packaging World
"We heard he was out of work, so we figured we'd give him something to do." That's how Jim Pittas, vice president, Trade Shows for PMMI, announced the news that the well-known and recently retired late-night comedian would be at Pack Expo International as part of the Pack Expo Lecture Series. The show runs Nov. 2-5 in Chicago, and Leno is on tap for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3.
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How an Ohio packaging maker came up with a cleaner, easier way for the poor to carry water
Millions of women and children around the world walk as much as a mile every day to get the water they need—some much further. David Fischer knew that though he couldn’t change the distance people walk to get water, he could make carrying it easier and storing it safer.
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Pouch-based packaging grows up
Supermarket News
Baby food sold in resealable pouches has been a hit — why not adult food in pouches? That's the reasoning of Scott Owen, grocery merchandiser at PCC Natural Markets, Seattle, who said he is seeing an increasing number of food items for adults become available in this format. Single-serve pouches emerged a few years ago in the baby food category, "and now dominate it," he said.
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Latest trends in packaging create new opportunities
Brand owners rely on packaging to not only carry their products to market, but to represent the quality and desirability of those products on store shelves. The package is typically the first interaction a consumer has with a product or brand, and from then on serves as a visual reminder of the experience. The images and colors must be vibrant and consistent to create a positive and memorable customer experience. In addition, the manufacturing of the package must be efficient and cost-effective.
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This packaging company's turnaround story is in full swing
The Motley Fool
Turnaround stories have a way of sucking in investors. Company management and fund managers every year spruik how their company will be this year's turnaround story, but as Warren Buffett once famously said "turnarounds rarely turn." With that in mind, investors are often best served casting a very careful eye over any potential turnaround story to make sure that all signs point to a prolonged recovery. While there are many companies on the ASX that classify as potential turnaround stories, Orora Ltd is one of the most intriguing cases.
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Does your food packaging grab consumers?
PMMI and the Food Marketing Institute are partnering on an event designed to give food firms and retailers ways to harness the power of packaging to succeed on store shelves.
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5 sustainable packaging trends to look out for in 2014
Packaging Digest
Issues of global environmental instability and climate change are becoming nearly impossible to ignore these days, and consumers have taken notice. With demand for sustainably-conscious products and product packaging constantly increasing, it's no wonder that firms have taken charge at creating sustainable, environmentally-friendly, "green" products to satiate the ever-growing consumer desire to be able to conveniently decrease their environmental impact.
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Australia tobacco sales edge up despite plain packaging industry
Deliveries of tobacco to retailers in Australia rose slightly last year for the first time in at least five years, even after the introduction of plain packaging aimed at deterring smokers, according to industry sales figures.
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Date Event More info
March 25
Tejas Chapter Network Lunch and Tour: Alcon Distribution Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact: email here for more information.
March 27
Golden Gate Chapter Lansmont Event, Campbell, Calif. Contact: Madeline Donovan, e-mail Click here for more information. Contact: Madeline Donovan, email Click here for more information.
April 15-16
SouthPack, Anaheim, Calif. Click here for more information.
April 17
IoPP Webinar: The Path to Container Closure Integrity, Online. Contact: Jim George, email Click here for more information.
April 24
IoPP Southeastern Chapter Event: NextPack 2014, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: Steve Mohr, email Click here for more information.




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