Pro2Pac 2015 sees its highest number of international exhibitors

FP 8080218407 Pro2PacFresh Montgomery, which organised Pro2Pac 2015, has announced record breaking figures for the event. Pro2Pac 2015 took place alongside the UK’s largest food and drink event, the International Food and Drink Event (IFE) and the inaugural Waste-Works event, which focused on resource and waste in the food industry. Together, Pro2Pac, IFE and Waste-Works brought together more than 29,000 key decision makers from the entire industry to offer unbeatable business and networking opportunities and covered the full food and drink supply chain, from ‘Farm to Fork to Fertiliser and Fuel’.

Not only did the 2015 event attract a record attendance, but pre-registration for Pro2Pac was 57% higher than the previous show two years ago, with its highest number of international exhibitors – more than 33% of the 107 presnt FFP Packaging was awarded best in show at the inaugural Pro2Pac Excellence Awards for its Estercook SV, an ovenable flexible pack that offers a self-venting feature designed to open automatically during cooking to relieve pressure and allow steam to escape. The awards were judged by an independent panel of experts looking for all-round excellence and were presented on the Pro2Pac Live Stage.

Another highlight at the event included the return of the Student Packaging Design Challenge which was won by Joe Hollingworth for his ‘Fresh Pack’ design, which satisfied the judges’ criteria on design, form, functionality and cost as well as customer benefits and marketability. Students from Leeds Beckett University were asked to design a revolutionary pack concept specifically to deal with the challenges of internet shopping and home delivery. Joe’s ‘Fresh Pack’ concept met all the criteria – designed to save space when stored in the fridge with a slim-line design and integrated hanging hook, it also doubled up as a chopping board thanks to its PET coated Kraft Board construction and featured a grid system to help consumers control portions. Exhibitors also played a significant role at the show.

Atlas Packaging unveiled a Transformer created entirely from corrugated board which was able to metamorphose from an upright humanoid robot into a four-wheeled vehicle. The Transformer, created by the corrugated packaging specialists, was designed to showcase the possibilities of corrugated board. new innovations As well as Atlas’ show-stopping use of corrugate, new and innovative packaging was in abundance throughout the four-day event. Elopak UK showcased the greenest Pure-Pak® carton ever which features the recently launched Pure-Pak® Sense carton with certified renewable polyethylene (PE), produced from biomass sources.

The certified renewable polyethylene (PE) from Elopak which is available for all Pure-Pak® cartons, was awarded a silver in the Exhibitor Excellence Awards 2015. Another exhibitor, KCC, revealed the latest developments in its government-backed Riji project, the eco food tray system developed for the food industry. The Riji tray is 100% biodegradable, and when used with a compatible lid film that also composts gives packers a fully biodegradable option. Visitors to the KCC stand were able to see Riji trays cooking in a high speed combi-oven at temperatures of up to 300C. One of the biggest draws throughout the event was the Pro2Pac Live programme.

Brought together by leading packaging consultant Robert Herridge, Managing Director of Packology, thought leaders and industry experts shared their insights on issues such as new technologies, design, sustainability and legislation, food waste and security and online retailing. The programme featured representatives from the likes of Coca Cola, Tetra-Pak, ooh-AR, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd, Atlas Packaging, Riverford Organic, Tesco, Campden BRI and Mintel to name a few.

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Stephanie Cornwall
Stephanie Cornwall