PMMI Podcast

With the unPACKed with PMMI podcast, listen to packaging and processing news and insights on the go, in the comfort of your home, in the office – whenever you find the time.

You’ll hear from industry influencers, executive Q&As, case studies and more as we dive into your most pressing business challenges in real-time – including how PMMI and its members are continuing to mend business operations following the events of the COVID-19 crisis. 

To start listening, search for “unPACKed with PMMI”on Apple Podcast, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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The Digital Shift: How Remote Trends are Revolutionizing the Industry

Guest: George Blunt, Consulting Analyst, Interact Analysis 

This episode explores the dynamic world of remote services in the packaging and processing industry with guest George Blunt. We dive into the insights from PMMI's latest white paper, "2024 Trends in Remote Services and Monitoring," covering virtual factory acceptance tests, remote support, training, and predictive maintenance. We discover the driving forces behind the adoption of remote services, including reducing machine downtime, optimizing performance, and speeding up support and gain a glimpse into the future of remote services, with a focus on addressing the industry's skills gap and leveraging technologies like augmented reality.

Episode #138 - Revolutionizing Dairy: Innovations and Insights

Guest: Rebecca Marquez, Director of Custom Research, PMMI

In this episode, we dive into the world of dairy innovation, uncovering groundbreaking developments in dairy products, from healthier options to sustainable packaging materials. We discuss the surge in healthy dairy products, with reduced sugar and lactose-free options leading the way and hear how automation is revolutionizing processes while addressing labor challenges too. Gain valuable insights into the future of dairy, from plant-based alternatives to machinery advancements in this must-listen episode!

Download the 2023 Dairy Industry Report here.

Episode #134 - From Shortages to Solutions: Revolutionizing CPGs with Warehouse Automation

Guest: Jonathan Pipe, Senior Consulting Analyst for Interact Analysis

Some of the biggest challenges facing CPGs today include labor shortages, supply chain issues, and the need for increased automation. Recognizing this, PMMI Business Intelligence commissioned a report on Warehousing Automation to offer potential solutions to these growing challenges. unPACKed sits down with Jonathan Pipe Senior Consulting Analyst for Interact analysis who researched the report and discussed how the growth of e-commerce and direct-to-consumer shipping is also driving the need for warehouse automation. Pipe explains how warehousing automation aids worker issues, and the direct impact CPG companies who are investing in automation are finding when it comes to handling the increased complexity of e-commerce fulfillment. 

Download 2023 Packaging and Automation in the Warehouses of the Future

Episode #130 - Cybersecurity in Manufacturing: Protecting Your Operations

Guest: Donna Ritson, President, DDR Communications

In this episode Donna Ritson, President, DDR Communications joins the pod to discuss the rising threat of cyber-attacks in manufacturing. She discusses various attack strategies, including phishing and ransomware, and highlights the vulnerability of interconnected networks, stressing the need for comprehensive cybersecurity plans. Tune in to hear about practical steps manufacturers can take to protect themselves from cyber threats, including employee training, risk assessments and more. 

Access PMMI's white paper, "Cybersecurity: Assess Your Risk," for more in-depth information on this critical topic.

Episode #129 - Exploring Mexico's Packaging Machinery Market Growth Pt. 2: Politics, Packaging Investments & AI Impact

Guest: Luis Domenech, Managing Director at Market Intelligence Latin America

In Pt. 2 of Exploring Mexico's Packaging Machinery Market Growthwe welcome back expert Luis Domenech to explore the intriguing correlation between politics and packaging investments in Mexico. He discusses historical drops in packaging machinery demand during election years due to uncertainty. Luis delves into Mexico's transition to democracy and how ideology shifts have affected investment patterns and assess whether history will repeat itself with the upcoming election.

Luis explains Mexico's adoption of AI, with a focus on predictive maintenance and traceability in larger companies. Listen in to hear Luis' two key tips for packaging machinery manufacturers looking to succeed in Mexico: understanding market trends and establishing local presence.

Episode #128 - Exploring Mexico's Packaging Machinery Market Growth Pt. 1

Guest: Luis Domenech, Managing Director at Market Intelligence Latin America

Join us as we sit down with Luis Domenech in this first installment to uncover the driving forces behind the remarkable growth in Mexico's packaging machinery market  in 2022. Drawing from his extensive research and deep industry expertise, Domenech paints a vivid picture of how Mexico shattered records and established itself as a key player in the packaging machinery landscape. Discover how neighboring countries, particularly the United States and Canada, have played an instrumental role in Mexico's overwhelming majority of packaging machinery capital investments.

As the episode unfolds, Domenech provides invaluable insights into the factors that fueled the surge, from evolving consumer demands to technological advancements. Tune in as we explore the symbiotic relationship between Mexico's packaging industry and its North American counterparts, examining how collaboration and innovation have fueled this impressive growth trajectory.

Episode #114 - MRFs and Flexible Packaging Need to Work Together

Guest: Rebecca Marquez, Director of Custom Research, PMMI

PMMI's Director of Custom Research Rebecca Marquez returns to the unPACKed microphone to discuss the findings from her comprehensive collaboration with AMERIPEN: “2023 Packaging Compass: Evaluating Trends in U.S. Packaging Design Over the Next Decade and Implications for the Future of a Circular Packaging System.” In Part One of this Chat, Rebecca takes us through the most important findings from the report. Be on the lookout for Part Two, offering a perspective on how legislation down the road might impact OEMs and CPGs.

Episode #94 - Seeing the Future on Sustainability

Guests: Kyla Fisher, AMERIPEN and Rebecca Marquez, Director of Custom Research, PMMI

One of the main drivers for AMERIPEN and PMMI’s upcoming 10 Year Packaging Material Compass is trying to understand packaging and packaging recovery, as the recycling community clamors to better understand and adapt to the future of packaging. AMERIPEN’s Kyla Fisher and PMMI’s Rebecca Marquez join the unPACKed with PMMI pod to explain the need for this tool to see into the future about potential legislation, what consumers and CPGs are going to be looking for in sustainable packaging and what changes OEMs will need to make to adapt to this new reality. It’s sure to be a terrific report and this is just a taste of some of the early findings from the 10 year Packaging Material Compass.

Episode #93 - Continued Industry Growth May Begin to Stabilize

Guest: Jorge Izquierdo, Vice President of Market Development, PMMI

PMMI’s State of the Industry Report has long served as a reliable baseline of machinery shipment statistics incorporated into an in-depth report on the packaging machinery industry. PMMI vice president of market development Jorge Izquierdo offers a 30,000-foot view of his initial findings from the exhaustive report. After two years of unprecedented growth, Izquierdo predicts sustained growth, but perhaps not at the levels of 2020 and 2021.

Download The State of the Industry Report

Episode #92 - Beverage Trends Driving Change

Guest: Donna Ritson, President, DDR Communications

The 2021 PMMI Business Intelligence Committee white paper Beverage Trends Driving Change explores how the dominant trends in the beverage market are shaping the future of beverage packaging and machine purchases. Hear Donna Ritson, president of DDR Communications, take a detailed look at how consumer, market, and production trends are influencing both the packaging choices at manufacturers and the machine features coming from industry OEMs.