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 #18 - PACK EXPO Rewind: A Focus on Sustainable Packaging

Guest: Jim Chrzan, Vice President, Content and Brand Strategy, PMMI Media Group

While at PACK EXPO East, Jim Chrzan joins UnPACKed to dive more into the topic of sustainable packaging. While laying out a timeline of the last decade's progress in sustainability, Chrzan shares stories of how the conversation began, where it is now and the pros and cons that come with a change in the industry.

Episode #17 - Safety First: All Things Risk Assessment

Guest: Bruce Main, Safety Expert and Technical Advisor, PMMI

Risk assessment analysis looks to identify hazards associated with machinery or equipment in order to develop risk reduction measures. Hear in-depth details on machinery safety techniques, steps in the risk assessment process and the B155.1 safety standard from PMMI’s in house safety expert and technical advisor, Bruce Main.

Episode #16 - Renaissance of Recycling

Guest: Matt Reynolds, Editor, Packaging World

Based off of trends in the last decade, big brand owners and CPGs have created ambitious sustainability goals for 2020, leading us into a “Renaissance of Recycling.” Packaging World editor, Matt Reynolds returns to the UnPACKed studio to share in depth predictions for 2020 trends in packaging during this era of sustainability.

Episode #15 - Don’t Fear the Reefer

Guest: Jim Chrzan, Vice President, Content and Brand Strategy, PMMI Media Group

It has been years since something has moved the needle in packaging and processing as much as recreational and medical cannabis. There are so many factors in play as state and federal governments continue to disagree on its legality. Join PMMI Media Group’s resident cannabis expert Jim Chrzan, vice president, content and brand strategy, to bring us up to speed on all the latest developments.

Episode #14 - Growth in the Packaging Industry: 2020 and Beyond

Guest: Jorge Izquierdo, Vice President Market Development, PMMI

Every year, the PMMI team releases a robust State of the Industry report that offers the most up-to-date stats, estimates and analysis on the U.S. and Canadian packaging industries. Jorge Izquierdo, PMMI’s vice president of Market Development, shares the latest in packaging industry growth in 2018-2019 and expectations for 2020 and beyond – and how OEMs can take this information and advance their businesses.

Episode #13 - How to Stay Ahead of Business Disruptions

Guests: Mike Steep, Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities, and Former SVP of Global Business Operations at PARC Xerox, and Stephanie Neil, Editor-in-Chief, OEM Magazine.

Get ahead of inevitable business disruption with practical tips for fueling innovative ideas powered by new technology.

Episode #12 - Tackling Glass Ceilings

Guest: Dr. Jen Welter, first female to serve as an NFL coach, and Stephanie Neil, Editor-in-Chief, OEM Magazine

During the 2019 Annual Meeting Dr. Jen Welter, the first female to serve as an NFL coach, breaks down how to reach your full potential, her experiences in a male-dominated industry and the importance of authenticity in leadership.

Episode #11 - Support the Future of Packaging & Processing on Giving Tuesday

As we make our way through the holiday season, Giving Tuesday is right around on the corner on Dec. 3. One way that PMMI gives back to the industry is through its PMMI Foundation. In this podcast, you’ll hear straight from the mouths of the next generation of packaging and processing. Meet some of our 2019 PMMI scholarship winners and members of a robotics team who attended PACK EXPO Las Vegas. You can contribute to the future of the industry on Giving Tuesday by visiting

Episode #10 - Navigating the Multi-Marketing Landscape

Guests: Dave Newcorn, Senior Vice President, Digital & Data, PMMI Media Group, and Stephanie Neil, Editor-in-Chief, OEM Magazine

After his Annual Meeting presentation, “Multi-Channel Marketing Update: How Best to Reach Today's Buyer”, Dave Newcorn continues the conversation as he shares the best way to reach today’s packaging buyers, results from the brand-new buying cycle study and offers an early look at the latest tool for navigating the multi-marketing landscape.

Episode #9 - An Inside Look at the 2019 Global Food Forum

Guests: Tom Egan, Vice President, Industry Services, PMMI, Glen Long, Senior Vice President, PMMI

Every year, the Wall Street Journal brings together the biggest names in food to explore key risks and opportunities shaping the global business of food. Hear top takeaways from the 2019 Global Food Forum and how these trends will impact packaging and processing.