The Flexible Packaging Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting was held March 13-15, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. Attendees included over 300 FPA members and guests who participated in content-rich general sessions that focused on ﬂexible packaging industry-speciﬁc challenges and opportunities. The meeting also provided great networking opportunities for industry leaders.
David Staker, president and CEO, Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC, and chairman of the FPA Board of Directors, opened the Annual Meeting educational sessions with an overview of the State of the Flexible Packaging Industry, and Jan Homan, FPA honorary chairman and senior advisor of Constantia Flexibles, provided an update on the European Flexible Packaging Market. Nick Vaﬁadis, vice president, Plastics, IHS Markit, shared his bi-annual Polyolefin Market Update; Jonathan Quinn, market development manager, Food Packaging for NOVA Chemicals, Inc., provided insight into Food E-Commerce: the Good, the Bad, and Opportunity; while Todd Bukowski, principal, PTIS, LLC, provided an update on the upcoming sustainability report for flexible packaging. FPA president and CEO, Alison Keane, Esq. gave FPA members an overview of FPA’s new market tracker and consumer websites.