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 addressing the COVID-19 crisis. In a special series, OEMs offer their guidance around managing business operations, how packaging is playing a vital role in helping society through these unfamiliar times, and best practices for keeping the industry strong and connected.

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Episode #54 - A New Tool to Help Your Field Service Personnel

Guest: Pete Seward, Vice President of Engineering & Technical Service, Harpak-ULMA

Packaging and processing manufacturers continue to adapt their operations as the pandemic progresses into 2021. PMMI’s Industry Relations Committee asked its Field Service Managers share group to develop best practices regarding documents and requirements for field service personnel during the pandemic to address these efforts. Peter Seward from Harpak-Ulma is a member of the group and joins the UnPACKed with PMMI podcast to discuss the methodology behind the resulting white paper, Field Service Personnel and Customer Tools to Support Safe Practices during the COVID Pandemic.

Episode #53 - Empathy & Authenticity Steer Bumble Bee Seafood Through CHAOS

Guest: Jan Tharp, President & CEO, The Bumble Bee Seafood Company

UnPACKed with PMMI teams up with PMMI Media Group to add an audio option to the tremendous written and video content its award-winning publications provide. On this episode of UnPACKed with OEM Magazine, OEM Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Neil adds a part two to her compelling PACK EXPO Connects Jumpstart interview with Bumble Bee Seafood President and CEO Jan Tharp. Neil dives deeper into Tharp’s role as a leader through chaos at Bumble Bee while also providing insight into the current state of the global food industry. As the current co-chair of PMMI’s Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network, Tharp tackles how women leaders differ from their male counterparts during troubling times, addressing a recent claim from the Harvard Business Review that women make better leaders in a crisis.

Episode #52 - Looking for Tax Credits to Help You Through the Pandemic?

Guests: David Young, Chief Executive Officer, Cadre Credits and Bern McPheely, Director, Cadre Credits

PMMI prides itself on the willingness of its members to share their information and best practices that could assist fellow members – even if they are competitors. On this episode of UnPACKed with PMMI, former Chairman and longtime PMMI board member Bern McPheely joins the podcast along with Cadre Credits President and CEO David Young, to provide a quick overview of a lesser known government program that offers tax credits to aid businesses through the pandemic. The Employee Retention Credit Act (ERTC) rewards companies who retained employees in 2020 despite hurdles presented from an unstable economy and intermittent lockdowns. Learn how your company can benefit. 

Episode #51 - Where’s My Vaccine?

Guest: Keren Sookne, Director of Editorial Content, Healthcare Packaging

The COVID-19 vaccine is the latest example of just how important packaging and processing are to society at large. Once developed, processed and packaged, the vaccine needed distribution along the very supply chains established and maintained by our industry players. Keren Sookne, director of editorial content, Healthcare Packaging Magazine, takes us through all of the big picture items around the ground-breaking vaccine and offers examples — good and bad — on how to get it in the hands of the front-line workers to administer to an anxious public. She also addresses distribution here in the U.S. and when more versions will hit the market for deployment.

**Since recording the podcast, news was released that the HHS changed its explanation about its confidence in vaccine supply for second doses, and acknowledged that they cannot anticipate a large supply of second doses will be ready in the expected time frame—three weeks later (for Pfizer) and four weeks (for Moderna).

Check out PMMI's resource page for business solutions addressing challenges brought on by COVID-19

Episode #50 - How to Eliminate Using Preservatives through High Pressure Processing

Guest: Joyce Longfield, R&D – Principal of HPP applications, Good Foods Group

More and more consumers are interested in purchasing products that are free from preservatives – and High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology offers a safe way to increase shelf life. Hear from Joyce Longfield, R&D – principal of HPP applications, Good Foods Group and former Chairperson and current member of the Cold Pressure Council, who covers important food science topics such as the pitfalls of preservatives. Longfield walks us through why her company, Good Foods Group, utilizes HPP and how its benefits have supported their food safety goals. She also delves into the ways preservatives may have a harmful effect on good bacteria the body needs to thrive.

Episode #49 - Embracing and Adapting to Virtual Events With Dorner and SMC

Guests: Matt Jones, Vice President of Aftermarket Sales and marketing, Dorner and Julie Hoover, Account Manager, SMC Global

With decades of trade experience between them, Dorner vice president of aftermarket sales and marketing and PMMI board member and show committee chairperson, Matt Jones and SMC Global Account Manager and PMMI board member, Julie Hoover have an affinity for trade shows and their value to the packaging and processing industry. In this episode of UnPACKed with PMMI, we discuss what has worked and what hasn't worked with this unusual year of virtual trade events, including the PMMI Media Group produced PACK EXPO Connects. Matt and Julie share how their teams handle the challenges of virtual events while eagerly looking forward to the return of in-person trade shows in the meantime. Both Dorner and SMC maintain dedicated personnel to remain engaged with virtual opportunities like which remains active through March 31st 2021.

Episode #48 - How Spee-Dee Packaging Navigated PACK EXPO Connects

Guest: Dave Navin, President & CEO, Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.

PACK EXPO Connects brought the industry together on Nov. 9-13 with nearly 18,000 attendees engaging with more than 700 exhibitors to find solutions to critical packaging challenges. Despite exhibitor preparedness, technical issues kept the live demonstrations from launching as intended – but exhibitors quickly adapted and demos returned for attendees looking to see technology in action the remainder of the event. In this episode, Dave Navin, president and CEO, Spee-Dee Packaging shares how his team prepared for their first virtual event, adapted when hurdles presented themselves, and what the company will do to remain engaged with customers who visit through March 31, 2021.

Episode #47 - State of the Industry Part II: What’s Next for Packaging and Processing?

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

In this episode of UnPACKed with PMMI, we go inside the state of the industry numbers with PMMI's vice president of market development, Jorge Izquierdo. From how things looked at the end of 2019 into pre-pandemic 2020, to the way the industry has kept its nose above water and in many cases thrived during the past seven months, Jorge shares what we can expect as we head towards the end of 2020.

Episode #46 - PACK EXPO Connects - Keeping the Industry Connected During Challenging Times

Guest: Jim Chrzan, VP Content & Brand Strategy, PMMI Media Group

Now more than ever, it is crucial for the manufacturing industry to stay connected to keep up with increasing consumer demand and the challenges COVID-19 has posed to the manufacturing supply chain. Hear from Jim Chrzan, vice president, content & brand strategy at PMMI Media Group on all things PACK EXPO Connects, a virtual event like no other. Tune in to hear details on the exciting educational line-up, including sessions from Amazon, Bumble Bee Foods, L’Oreal and more. Live chats, live product demos and engaging educational opportunities let attendees experience the power of PACK EXPO with leading industry suppliers available at their fingertips. For more information on how to make the most of PACK EXPO Connects, visit the Attendee Resource Center. Registration is free, so don’t delay, register today.

Episode #45 - Now More Than Ever, PMMI is Your Answer

Guest: Andrew Dougherty, Senior Director of Membership, PMMI

As the world changed this year, PMMI’s role as an industry resource, now more than ever, means connecting the industry and providing business solutions for today – and beyond. Today we welcome PMMI Senior Director of Membership Andrew Dougherty to talk about all the tools PMMI offers its members to help them conduct better business. Now more than ever, PMMI is your answer.