Pack Expo launches online event as show canceled for first time

By Jim Cornall contact

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While the face-to-face event may not be happening, PMMI is creating a virtual event. Pic: PMMI
While the face-to-face event may not be happening, PMMI is creating a virtual event. Pic: PMMI

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PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has canceled its in-person Pack Expo International and Healthcare Packaging Expo in Chicago this year.

The PMMI board determined that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the current state and local regulations, it was not possible to have a safe and productive event for attendees and exhibitors.

Instead, PMMI Media Group is launching a new live, web-based event, Pack Expo Connects 2020, from November 9 to 13, complete with live chats, live product demos and equipment and educational opportunities.

“For over six decades, Pack Expo has been here to serve and connect the industry, and while the pandemic makes it impossible to meet in person this year, connecting the industry is still our top priority,”​ Jim Pittas, president and CEO of PMMI, said.

“PMMI Media Group is putting all of the power of the Pack Expo brand into fostering connections between consumer-packaged goods companies (CPGs) and suppliers by driving the entire industry to Pack Expo Connects.”

Pack Expo Connects will facilitate exhibitor and attendee interaction, while continuing to provide the ability to see machinery in action through this new platform.

The online experience will also offer educational opportunities, including daily Jumpstart sessions along with the Innovation Stages. The new Solution Room will feature education sessions, and PMMI Media Group editors will discuss highlights via Daily Download sessions. A special Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network event will feature an address from Jan Tharp, president and CEO at Bumble Bee Foods.

“Connecting the industry has never been more essential as packaging addresses the critical needs of this pandemic,”​ Laura Thompson, vice president, trade shows, PMMI, said.

“While nothing can replace an in-person event, PACK EXPO Connects will push the digital boundaries of virtual to provide the resources the industry needs to solve today's unique packaging challenges.”

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