B&CMA President Presents Education Sessions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas


The Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers' Association (B&CMA) president is presenting education sessions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas; Sept. 28–30), according to show owner PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

David Van Laar, B&CMA’s president, is scheduled to present two sessions on the Innovation Stage located on the PACK EXPO show floor (Booths C-1041, C-1045 and C-1049), on Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29. The sessions are 30-minutes long, and allow attendees the opportunity to speak with presenters following the presentations.

“Presenting education sessions is an additional opportunity for B&CMA to impact our members and customers who come to the show to learn and discover solutions,” says David Van Laar, president, B&CMA.

“These education sessions allow a range of industry experts, including association partners to contribute to the exchange of ideas that occurs at the show,” says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI. “That’s a core value that PACK EXPO brings to both exhibitors and attendees.”

B&CMA education sessions:

Monday, Sept. 28, 3–3:30 p.m. (Booth C-1041)
Basic Production Metrics
Dave Van Laar, President, The Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association 
You don't need to be a Six Sigma Black Belt to benefit from an understanding of lean manufacturing principals. This presentation will cover basic calculations related to production metrics.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, Noon–12:30 p.m. (Booth C-1041)
Basic Project Economic Justification
Dave Van Laar, President, The Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association 
Purchasing and upgrading new equipment can be a big investment. Dave Van Laar will present a guide to utilizing facts and presenting true savings to convince management that the investment is justified.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 is co-located with Pharma EXPO 2015, a joint venture from PMMI and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). The two shows have over 800,000 net square feet of combined exhibit space and are expected to attract 30,000 processing and packaging professional and more than 2,000 exhibiting companies. Registration is $30 through Sept. 14, when it increases to $100.

The full Innovation Stage schedule is available and you can register for PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO at

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies is a trade association representing more than 700 companies that provide a full range of processing and packaging machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through initiatives such as, educational programs and world-class events, connecting participants in the processing and packaging supply chain with their customers around the world. PMMI produces the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows that include PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Sept. 28–30, Las Vegas Convention Center); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015; EXPO PACK México 2016, May 17–20, (Mexico City, Expo Bancomer Santa Fe); PACK EXPO International 2016, Nov. 6–9 (McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2016; PACK EXPO East 2017, Feb. 27–March 1, (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia) and EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2017, June 13–15, 2017 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico). PMMI owns PMMI Media Group, a market-leading B2B media company that produces information for processing and packaging professionals, bringing together solution providers and end-users and facilitating connectivity throughout the supply chain. Its world class media brands Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging and Packaging + Processing OEM are proven leaders in covering this diverse and dynamic marketplace, and its digital products incorporate leading edge media technologies to deliver informed, actionable business intelligence to the industry. PMMI Media Group also produces The Automation Conference, an annual education and networking forum, taking place in Chicago each spring.

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About The Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers’ Association
The Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers’ Association (B&CMA) is a 112 year old international trade organization representing the entire spectrum of companies in the manufacturing of cookies and crackers and the suppliers to the industry. Our mission is to bring unparalleled education, training and networking opportunities to members of the B&CMA.

The B&CMA is the largest consortium of industry professionals in the world. Baker member representation includes brand, private label and contract manufacturers. Supplier representation is diverse including equipment, ingredients, packaging and services. The extensive network of industry professionals makes B&CMA the definitive source of information and contacts for the cookie and cracker industry and the training choice for professional development.



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