The exhibition will host important events focusing on themes ranging from the fight against food waste to new industrial scenarios linked to the development of e-commerce.
The international exhibition of processing and packaging, Ipack-Ima and Meat-Tech 2018 is scheduled to be held from May 29-June 1, 2018. Visitors to the show will not only be able to discover an extraordinary range of product offerings but will also have the opportunity to attend events and meetings featuring internationally acclaimed guest speakers.
The programme of events will begin with the opening conference of The Innovation Alliance. The main focus of the conference will be a roundtable discussion between managers from different production sectors (food, furniture and design, e-commerce) who see the innovative capacity of the showcased technologies as an opportunity to develop their businesses.
This edition of Ipack-Ima will focus on the fight against food waste at an international conference on the ‘Save Food’ project to be held at 10:00 am on May 30, 2018. Launched by FAO and Messe Düsseldorf to promote an awareness of issues relating to crop improvement and processing, packaging and delivery, the ‘Save Food’ project focuses on extending product shelf life, reducing food waste and consequently improving food culture in general.
While these are important issues all over the world, they have particularly significant implications in developing countries in terms of ethics and industrial and social policy. The conference will welcome renowned international speakers, including representatives from leading Italian industrial companies, international associations, start-ups in developing countries, the institutions and the world of IT.
First to speak will be Riccardo Cavanna, Chairman of Ipack-Ima and CEO of Cavanna Group, and Bernd Jablonowski, Global Portfolio Director Processing and Packaging of Messe Düsseldorf and founder of Save Food. Speakers who have confirmed their participation to date include: Stefan Glimm, Senior Executive Adviser of FPE (Flexible Packaging Europe); Sonja Mattfeld, Partner of africon GmbH; Robert van Otterdijk, a Hungary-based food technologist working with FAO in projects fighting food waste; and Rahel Moges, an Ethiopian entrepreneur, founder of the company Ethiogreen Production and Industry and a board member of the African Women Entrepreneurs programme.
On the second day of the show, the show will be hosting a workshop organised by Assofoodtec (Italian Association of Machinery and Plant Manufacturers for Food Production, Processing and Preservation) and Anima (Federation of Italian Associations of Mechanical Engineering and Allied Industries) focusing on the new corporate responsibilities deriving from legislation on Food Contact Materials (FCMs).
One of the main events will be the 2nd Packaging & E-Commerce Forum organised by Ipack-Ima and the Italian Electronic Commerce Forum Netcomm, due to be held on May 31 at 2:00 pm following the success of the event held last January. The forum will present the results of the Netcomm & Ipack-Ima Monitor and host a roundtable discussion attended by representatives of large retail chains and the world of research, distribution and consulting, who will discuss the growth of e-commerce and the process of digital disruption and the consequences for corporate models and packaging.
Guests will include: Massimo Baggi, Marketing & E-commerce Director of Iper; Giusto Curti, Customer Director of Ferrero; Andrea Casalini, CEO of Eataly Net; Marco Cuppini, Research Director of GS1; Roberto Tognoni, Executive Partner of Reply; and Marco Pedroni, Chairman of COOP.
A focus on food packaging organised by the scientific and technological research organisation Tecnoalimenti will be held on the morning of May 31. This will include a conference discussing the principal needs and expectations of food producers and the technological solutions and innovative materials developed by the packaging industry to meet the newly emerging needs, with particular emphasis on eco-sustainable materials, new functionalisation technologies and the Internet of Packaging.
The same day, the theme of consumer transparency will be discussed at a conference at the show that is organised by Assica (Meat and Cured Meat Producers’ Association) and entitled ‘Nutritional declaration and tolerances of cured meat products for better consumer information”’.
The programme of events is kept constantly up-to-date on the exhibition’s website and also includes institutional meetings of associations that have chosen Ipack-Ima as their main exhibition in 2018. The world of fresh pasta will converge on the exhibition for the general meeting of Appafre (Association of Italian fresh pasta producers, including both artisanal businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises), as will the flour milling industry for the general meeting of Italmopa (Italian Industrial Millers’ Association).
On May 31, Aidepi, the Italian Association of Confectionery and Pasta Industries, will be organising a workshop exploring the main agro-industrial raw materials markets (cereals, oilseeds, vegetable oils, sugar, cocoa, dried fruit, milk and dairy products, eggs, coffee) and focusing on the packaging raw materials market.
On the afternoon of the same day, Appafre will organise a conference on the theme of sanitisation of plants and equipment.
Ipack-Ima 2018 will once again host the Packaging Oscar Awards Ceremony, a contest for the best packaging solution designed or sold in Italy and exhibited during the recent Milan Design Week. Innovation and design are the focus in 2018.