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. 

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Episode #139 - Manufacturing Future Unveiled: Exploring AI's Impact with David McGraw

Guest: David McGraw, Senior Director, Private Equity Performance Improvement - AI, Alvarez & Marsal

In this episode, we chat with manufacturing expert David McGraw about AI's real-world applications. From predictive maintenance to smart supply chains, we delve into impactful use cases. Discover how generative AI democratizes access and learn how trust in AI can be built while gaining valuable insights for navigating the evolving landscape of AI in manufacturing.

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 #137 - Innovations Reshaping the Packaging Landscape in 2023

Guest: Steve Davis, Global Product Line Director, Industrial Physics

Join host Sean Riley as he sits down with Steve Davis, Global Product Line Director at Industrial Physics, to explore the dynamic world of packaging innovations. In this insightful episode, discover the catalyst behind groundbreaking research on how packaging solutions are transforming industries in 2023. From the surprising emphasis on plastics to cutting-edge materials like functionalized paper, Steve Davis sheds light on the industry's evolving landscape. Gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities posed by these innovations, and learn about the critical role of testing standards in ensuring trust and reliability. Don't miss this deep dive into the complex and exciting world of packaging innovations. Tune in now!

Episode #136 - Empowering Women in Packaging and Processing: A Conversation with Manjit Minhas

Guest: Manjit Minhas, Co-Founder and CEO of Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Winery

On a special Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership episode of unPACKed with PMMI, CPG Next Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Neil has the privilege of sitting down with the Baroness of Brewing Manjit Minhas. Minhas is a powerhouse entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and even a dragon on the hit Canadian TV show Dragons' Den. In their candid conversation, Neil delves into Minhas’s journey, from building a thriving business empire to navigating the intricacies of work-life integration. Minhas shares invaluable insights on negotiation, overcoming imposter syndrome, and finding the courage to take risks. But that's just the beginning. Neil also explores Minhas’s passion for STEM education, giving back to the community and reveals her secret to getting 1% smarter every day.

Episode #135 - Sustainable Synergy: Harnessing Digital Transformation for a Greener Tomorrow

Guest: Amit Patel, Director of Intelligent Automation at Emerson

More and more, companies are unraveling the transformative power of digital technologies in manufacturing. On this episode, we welcome Amit Patel, Director of Intelligent Automation at Emerson, as he dives into digital transformation, emphasizing its role in deploying tools and technologies for real-time insights and informed decision-making. Patel highlights the Floor to Cloud approach, advocating for a start-small-and-scale-fast mindset. Also, hear how energy monitoring boosts sustainability, aids skills development, and enhances productivity.

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 #133 - Forecasting Success: Interpreting PMMI's State of the Industry Report

Guest: Jorge Izquierdo, VP, Market Development

Jorge Izquierdo, VP, Market Development shares key findings from PMMI's State of the Industry Report, including growth trends, supply chain challenges, and the impact of labor shortages. He emphasizes the importance of technology and intuitive equipment design in addressing workforce challenges, and highlights the expanding opportunities in warehousing driven by e-commerce and fulfillment operations.

Download The State of the Industry 2023

Episode #132 - Beyond Vegas: Exploring Packaging Tech at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2023

Guests: Keren Sookne, Director of Editorial Content, Healthcare Packaging and Matt Reynolds, Chief Editor, Packaging World

Before we completely put PACK EXPO Las Vegas in our rearview mirror, unPACKed revisits the latest in must-see technology and trends from the largest PACK EXPO Las Vegas ever. We sat down with Keren Sookne from Healthcare Packaging and Matt Reynolds from Packaging World to delve into some of the highlights each saw on the PACK EXPO Las Vegas show floor. Automation takes center stage, addressing the urgent need for faster and more efficient production, but each editor added a few other innovations that they uncovered at this year’s show. Let’s have a listen.

Episode #131 - Kim Kizer: From Temp Worker to Packaging VP

Guest: Kim Kizer, VP, CCL Containers

This episode of unPACKed with PMMI dives into the remarkable journey of Kim Kizer in the packaging industry. Kim's story is a testament to the power of hard work, determination, and breaking through barriers. In a candid conversation, we'll explore her path from a temp worker to a Vice President at CCL Containers, defying expectations and embracing leadership in a traditionally male-dominated field.

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.