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Not only does PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network bring together CPGs and OEMs to develop best practices and protocols for free industry adoption, but it also serves as a resource for tackling more significant industry issues. This UnPACKed with PMMI episode revisits women in manufacturing with Lisa Rathburn, VP of engineering at T. Marzetti Company and active member of OpX Leadership Network and the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network. Hear Rathburn provide success stories, inspiration, and tips that will help and encourage women currently in the industry and offer guidance for young women looking to manufacturing as a career.Support the show
A foray into advising manufacturers on proper lean methodologies in their operations grew into a book about not only lean manufacturing but building inclusive and diverse cultures. OEM Editor Stephanie Neil discusses the book “Steel Toes and Stilettos” with authors Kathy Miller and Shannon Karels, complete with advice for women on navigating a career in manufacturing.Support the show
UnPACKed with PMMI puts a bow on PACK EXPO East and turns its eyes to PACK EXPO International 2022. ProFood World’s Aaron Hand and Packaging World’s Matt Reynolds discuss trends coming out of PACK EXPO East that the industry should be preparing to see in Chicago. Hand delves into packaging and processing software that engages with employees, offering feedback that reinforces users and ensures they are aware that they are valued as employees. Reynolds continues to unveil the most up to date sustainable materials, who is making them, and where they can be found.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
UnPACKed with PMMI continues its look back at PACK EXPO East with PMMI Media Group’s Automation Guru Dave Greenfield from Automation World and Packaging World’s Natalie Craig. The pair highlight exciting machinery finds from the show floor, ideal for emerging brands looking to make their first inroads into packaging via form/fill/seal. Greenfield also breaks down the emergence of automation software as a tool for everything from determining OEE to helping operations lay out a clear case to the executive suite on why automation spending almost always reveals immediate ROI. Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
Most PACK EXPO Forum sessions involve discussions on trends or issues that need addressing in the packaging and processing industry. Each day, as a bonus to attendees, Sean Riley sits down with two of our esteemed editors from PMMI Media Group to talk about real solutions from the show floor that attendees can stop by and take a look at. Since everyone can’t get to every booth, Matt Reynolds from Packaging World Magazine, Stephanie Neil from OEM and I  share some must-see technologies that every attendee and exhibitor should be aware of.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
Small and medium-sized manufacturing operations are now the companies that hackers and bad actors target the most as the stressed supply chain can become wholly unhinged with a few mouse clicks. Obviously, the events unfolding in Ukraine only add to the concern for IT and OT professionals. In this episode of unPACKed with PMMI, IT Manager Ben Spencer explains how more often than not, employees prove to be a weak point in cybersecurity prevention plans. Are you prepared? Are your colleagues prepared? Find out as we dive into the keys for success for end-user security awareness. Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
With the development of the recent events in Ukraine and U.S. sanctions on Russia starting to sink in, government authorities are warning of imminent increases in state-sponsored hacking attempting to disrupt infrastructure and supply chains. This episode of unPACKed with PMMI interrupts its regular schedule to welcome PMMI IT Director Andy Lomasky and OT Specialist and PMMI Sr. Director, Industry Services, Bryan Griffen. The pair deliver five quick recommendations to assist all employees — on and off the plant floor — in doing everything they can to secure operations.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
unPACKed delves into the world of raw food processing with Steve’s Real Food owner Nicole Lindsley as she discusses how the Food Safety Modernization Act changed the game for raw pet food processing. After spending two years evaluating its food safety program Steve’s Real Food decided High Pressure Processing was the best way to meet FSMA requirements but also found that the added shelf life made it possible for Steve’s to grow into a company with distribution in many different international markets.Want to learn more about the Cold Pressure Council? Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
Keren Sookne, director of Editorial Content for Healthcare Packaging and PMMI’s in-house healthcare packaging expert, joins the podcast as we wrestle with how the variety of complex containers that ultimately end up as life sciences packaging can become more sustainable. She discusses the inroads healthcare packaging has already made with sustainability, the repurposing of some forms of life sciences waste and where the industry still needs to catch up with traditional CPG-based packagers. View the Emerging EU Sustainability Regulations for PackagingRegister for PACK EXPO EastSupport the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
In part two of unPACKed with PMMI’s Secrets of Sustainability with Tetra Pack’s Angela Peterson and the Compass Group USA’s Marissa Golison, the focus shifts from on-package messaging to generational buy-ins. As sustainability has grown from buzz word to culture, it is essential to understand and incorporate how Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millenials and Gen Y approach recycling and sustainability to best understand how to ensure messaging is hitting the mark.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
In part one of a two-part unPACKed with PMMI series, one of the world’s largest packaging and processing companies joins one of the leading foodservice and support services companies to describe the real-world influence of sustainability on today’s consumers. Together, Tetra Pak’s US and Canadian communications manager, Angela Peterson, and the Compass Group USA’s director of sustainability, Marissa Golison, break down how brands develop on-pack messaging that appeals to consumers. Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
With one of the most successful PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO’s ever firmly in our rearview mirror, unPACKed with PMMI turns its attention to the best regional packaging and processing show in North America: PACK EXPO East 2022, March 21-23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For three days, over 7,000 attendees from the rich Northeast corridor of CPGs and Pharmaceutical companies drive, train and fly into Philadelphia for an environment that promotes one-on-one time between over 400  exhibitors. For an idea of some of the best in class technology and education available at PACK EXPO East, we discuss some of the top trends and technologies our PMMI Media Group editors have come to expect from events in the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
OEM Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Neil sits down with former packaging industry veteran Jill Miller to talk about her role as president of Below the Line. Miller’s organization aims to move employees and their communities from economic survival to sustainable prosperity and its first step is to address the gender and racial wealth gap in the food and beverage packaging and processing industry.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
This second look back at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO welcomes four PMMI Media Group Editors. Together they highlight what they felt were the most impactful takeaways from the show, uncovering everything from new recyclable materials to robots. The group also discusses the ways machinery manufacturers are making equipment easier for new employees to operate, helping to tackle the lack of skilled labor as older employees transition into retirement.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
David Miller from Automation World, Joyce Fassl from ProFood World, Karen Sookne from Healthcare Packaging and Matt Reynolds from Packaging World join the podcast to highlight new trends and innovations they found at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare PACKAGING EXPO, including automation, sustainability, cannabis and more. They provide an excellent overview of what is driving the industry and offer insights to help shape future business.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
OEM Magazine Editor in Chief Stephanie Neil takes the interview chair for a special one-on-one with PPWLN keynote speaker Tracey Noonan, CEO and co-founder of Wicked Good cupcakes. Noonan kicked off the sold-out Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) networking breakfast at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. Neil discusses with Noonan how she and her daughter began their cupcake journey, the need to accept and learn from mistakes and even delves into how Wicked GoodCupcakes could find a more sustainable package for its product. Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
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Join us on a voyage of discovery as Curators Jack Aguero and Brent Meyer take unPACKed with PMMI listeners on a journey through the evolution of packaging and processing. The pair explain how they tackled such an enormous endeavor, where they found help along the way and a slew of other interesting tales that eventually led to the first of its kind PACK to the Future Interactive Exhibit debuting at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the North Hall. To learn more and to register, go to packexpolasvegas.comSupport the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
The food processing industry kept food in our stores and meals on our plates despite unprecedented workforce issues, food shortages and pandemic-based plant closings over the past year and a half. For the inaugural unPACKed with Profood World, newly appointed Editor in Chief Aaron Hand revisits the year in food processing and discusses the industry’s plans going forward to ensure better-prepared facilities to deal with unexpected events, like a global pandemic.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
Help Wanted, and Fast!

Help Wanted, and Fast!

2021-07-0723:13

It’s 2021 and we are hopefully approaching the tail end of a global pandemic that shuttered businesses and eliminated thousands of jobs. Despite these factors, the packaging and processing workforce continues to struggle to fill career providing positions. Today we talk with Editor in Chief Stephanie Neil for the inaugural unPACKed with OEM Magazine. Neil because she goes beyond the numbers and the data points and gets to the real crux of the issues causing manufacturing to continue to have a hard time filling well-paying positions. She also provides added perspective with her expert-level knowledge of women in the workforce due to her role in PMMI's Packaging and Processing Women's Leadership Network.Support the show (https://pmmi.org/my-pmmi)
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