Reston, Va. (September 16, 2011) — Estimated at $700 billion, the global beverage industry has grown 7.1% in 2011 (Source: PMMI’s Economic Outlook – 2011 3rd Quarterly Report). To address this critical market segment, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 (Sept. 26–28, Las Vegas Convention Center) is collaborating with both the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) to provide industry-specific education opportunities at the show.
“From sustainability to evolving food safety regulations, today’s beverage industry professionals are faced with more challenges across the supply chain than ever before,” said Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI. “By partnering with leading beverage associations, PACK EXPO Las Vegas will make it easy for attendees to find total systems solutions and answers to their packaging and processing questions in one stop.”
Following is a summary of activities that beverage industry professionals can expect to find in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center:
Monday, September 26:
Session Number: M17
Title: Introduction to Beverage Packaging
Summary: This session will introduce attendees to the world of packaging, covering domestic and international terminology, key performance criteria and recommendations based on best practices and standards for handling and distribution.
Speaker: John Postiglione, National Accounts Manager, Energy Saving Projects, Spirax Sarco
Session Number: M18
Title: Stress Crack Prevention
Summary: PET makes up more than half of the packaging mix for soft drinks, and when it was introduced in 1977, stress crack failures were common. Since then, much has been learned about how to maximize bottle performance –– but stress cracks have not been entirely eradicated. The ISBT has made significant gains in the understanding and reduction of stress crack issues. In this session, attendees will review the environmental stress crack process, outline the risk factors for stress cracking and provide recommendations bottlers can implement to minimize the risk.
Speaker: Sally Potter, Manager, Package Governance, Coca-Cola
Tuesday, September 27
Session Number: T19
Title: Introduction to Beverage Processing
Summary: In this introduction, the Beverage Processing Technical Committee will present fundamentals of beverage processing, reviewing the process: functions, options and some definitions. Also on the agenda are handling of major raw materials for beverages such as water pre-treatment and purification, HFCS and sucrose receiving and storage and super sack unloading & liquefaction. Participants will also learn basics of pasteurization and ingredients blending.
Speaker: Suneet Khanna, Engineering Manager, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
[Editors, please note: The complete Conference at PACK EXPO schedule is available at packexpo.com. The listings above are current as of September 14, 2011, but are subject to change.]
Conference registration is available online at Packexpo.com, at a cost of $125/session. Conference registrants must also register for admission to the PACK EXPO show floor.
Following are just a few of the resources beverage industry professionals may take advantage of at PACK EXPO Las Vegas:
PMMI is a trade association of 560-plus member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging, and its mission is to improve and promote members’ abilities to meet the needs of their customers.
PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: PACK EXPO Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 26–28, 2011.
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