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.

To start listening, search for “UnPACKed with PMMI” in the iTunes Podcast or Spotify apps on your phone (or wherever you listen to podcasts) and be sure to click “subscribe” so you receive an alert whenever we upload an episode.

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Episode #73 - Sustainability Secrets from Tetra Pak & Compass Group USA

Guests: Angela Peterson, Communications Manager, Tetra Pak and Marissa Golison, Director of Sustainability, Compass Group USA

In part one of a two-part unPACKed with PMMI series, one of the world’s largest packaging and processing companies joins one of the leading foodservice and support services companies to describe the real-world influence of sustainability on today’s consumers. Together, Tetra Pak’s US and Canadian communications manager, Angela Peterson, and the Compass Group USA’s director of sustainability, Marissa Golison, break down how brands develop on-pack messaging that appeals to consumers. 

Learn more about PMMI's Focus on Sustainability 

Episode #72 - A first look at PACK EXPO East 2022

Guests: Aaron Hand from Automation World, Stephanie Neil from OEM Magazine, Keren Sookne from Healthcare Packaging and Matt Reynolds from Packaging World

With one of the most successful PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO’s ever firmly in our rearview mirror, unPACKed with PMMI turns its attention to the best regional packaging and processing show in North America: PACK EXPO East 2022, March 21-23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For three days, over 7,000 attendees from the rich Northeast corridor of CPGs and Pharmaceutical companies drive, train and fly into Philadelphia for an environment that promotes one-on-one time between over 400  exhibitors. For an idea of some of the best in class technology and education available at PACK EXPO East, we discuss some of the top trends and technologies our PMMI Media Group editors have come to expect from events in the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows.

Episode #71 - Does Gender and Race Affect Prosperity in Packaging and Processing?

Guest: Jill Miller, President, Below the Line Inc. & Stephanie Neil, Editor in Chief, OEM Magazine

OEM Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Neil sits down with former packaging industry veteran Jill Miller to talk about her role as president of Below the Line. Miller’s organization aims to move employees and their communities from economic survival to sustainable prosperity and its first step is to address the gender and racial wealth gap in the food and beverage packaging and processing industry.

Episode #70 - PMMI Media Group Editors Top Picks from PACK EXPO

Guests: Lilián Robayo, PMMI Media Director for Latin America, Mundo PMMI, Natalie Craig, Managing Editor, OEM Magazine, Dave Greenfield, Director of Content, Automation World, Melissa Griffen, Contributing Editor, ProFood World 

This second look back at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO welcomes four PMMI Media Group Editors. Together they highlight what they felt were the most impactful takeaways from the show, uncovering everything from new recyclable materials to robots. The group also discusses the ways machinery manufacturers are making equipment easier for new employees to operate, helping to tackle the lack of skilled labor as older employees transition into retirement.

Episode #69 - The Trends and Innovations that Drove PACK EXPO

Guests: David Miller from Automation World, Joyce Fassl from ProFood World, Keren Sookne from Healthcare Packaging and Matt Reynolds from Packaging World

This episode highlights new trends and innovations found at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, including automation, sustainability, cannabis and more. They provide an excellent overview of what is driving the industry and offer insights to help shape future business.

Episode #68 - Wicked Good Insight on The New World of Work

Guest: Tracey Noonan, CEO and co-founder, Wicked Good Cupcakes and Stephanie Neil, Editor in Chief OEM Magazine

OEM Magazine Editor in Chief Stephanie Neil takes the interview chair for a special one-on-one with PPWLN keynote speaker Tracey Noonan, CEO and co-founder of Wicked Good cupcakes. Noonan kicked off the sold-out Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) networking breakfast at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. Neil discusses with Noonan how she and her daughter began their cupcake journey, the need to accept and learn from mistakes and even delves into how Wicked Good Cupcakes could find a more sustainable package for its product. 

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Episode #67 - Is Paper the New Plastic

Guest: Pat Reynolds, Editor Emeritus, Packaging World

Joining us on this episode is Packaging and Processing Hall of Fame member and Editor Emeritus of Packaging World, Pat Reynolds. Reynolds discusses the emergence of paper bottles and some pretty big names, including Nestle, Unilever and L’Oreal, who have started incorporating these groundbreaking bottles essentially made out of recycled paperboard and old newspapers. 

Episode #66 - We’re Going PACK to the Future

Guests: Jack Aguero, President, Aguero Associates and Brent Meyer, Owner, Brent Meyer Communications

Join us on a voyage of discovery as Curators Jack Aguero and Brent Meyer take unPACKed with PMMI listeners on a journey through the evolution of packaging and processing. The pair explain how they tackled such an enormous endeavor, where they found help along the way and a slew of other interesting tales that eventually led to the first of its kind PACK to the Future Interactive Exhibit debuting at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the North Hall. 

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Episode #65 - Do Food Processing Facilities Need a Complete Overhaul?

Guest: Aaron Hand, Editor in Chief, Profood World

The food processing industry kept food in our stores and meals on our plates despite unprecedented workforce issues, food shortages and pandemic-based plant closings over the past year and a half. For the inaugural unPACKed with Profood World, newly appointed Editor in Chief Aaron Hand revisits the year in food processing and discusses the industry’s plans going forward to ensure better-prepared facilities to deal with unexpected events, like a global pandemic.

Episode #64 - Help Wanted, and Fast!

Guest: Stephanie Neil, Editor in Chief, OEM Magazine

It’s 2021 and we are hopefully approaching the tail end of a global pandemic that shuttered businesses and eliminated thousands of jobs. Despite these factors, the packaging and processing workforce continues to struggle to fill career providing positions. Today we talk with Editor in Chief Stephanie Neil for the inaugural unPACKed with OEM Magazine. Neil goes beyond the numbers and the data points and gets to the real crux of the issues causing manufacturing to continue to have a hard time filling well-paying positions. She also provides added perspective with her expert-level knowledge of women in the workforce due to her role in PMMI's Packaging and Processing Women's Leadership Network.