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 #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.

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 #127 - Unveiling PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2023: A Sneak Peek with Laura Thompson

Guest: Laura Thompson, Vice President, Trade Shows, PMMI

In this episode, we're joined by Laura Thompson, PMMI’s Vice President, Trade Shows, to give you an insider's look at what's in store for attendees and exhibitors at the upcoming PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

With less than a month to go, excitement is building for the largest PACK EXPO Las Vegas in the show's history. Thompson walks us through the latest innovations, must-see attractions, and timeless favorites that make PACK EXPO Las Vegas the ultimate industry showcase.

From cutting-edge technologies to hands-on demonstrations, she unveils the dynamic experiences awaiting you at the show. Tune in to discover the future of packaging and processing and get ready to be amazed by new exhibits that push the boundaries of innovation.

Whether you're a packaging pro or new to the scene, this episode is your guide to all things PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2023. Join us as we count down to the big event and explore the world of innovation, inspiration, and endless possibilities.

Register here!