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June 17, 2010 - PMMI and PAC - The Packaging Association are bringing PAC Green Den to PACK EXPO International, to take place in Chicago, IL from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. Combining reality show and panel discussion, innovators will present their solutions to panel of experts with sustainability, regulatory and packaging experience, in front of live audience of brand owners and retailers. After expert panelists challenge innovators and deliver constructive feedback, the audience will vote for Best of Show winner.

PAC Green Den Comes to PACK EXPO

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Press release date: June 8, 2010

Open, Innovative Approach Connects Innovators and Buyers

Arlington, Va. - PMMI and PAC - The Packaging Association are bringing PAC Green Den to PACK EXPO International (McCormick Place, Chicago; Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2010).

The inventive program, "Fast Tracking Sustainable Innovation," takes place Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1:00-4:30 pm; at McCormick Place.

"It's a combination reality show and panel discussion, and a great way to give knowledgeable buyers a look at exciting, new sustainable packaging solutions." says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO of PMMI, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows.

PAC Green Den brings together the ingredients of successful reality television and business matchmaking:
  • "Innovators" will present their solutions to a panel of experts with sustainability, regulatory and packaging experience, in front of a live audience of brand owners and retailers. After the expert panelists challenge the innovators and deliver constructive feedback, the audience will vote for a Best of Show winner. The three top winners will receive PAC Green Den Sustainable Awards.
  • Innovators will conduct 15-minute private meetings with brand owners to discuss their creative offerings in greater depth.
  • TerraCycle's Tom Szaky, one of upcycling's greatest innovators, will tell the TerraCycle story in a short keynote address.

    Innovators will have roughly seven minutes to present their cases to the panel and audience, and up to eight minutes to respond to feedback and commentary.

    "Brand owners and retailers are bombarded with inquiries from inventors and wish to explore every new sustainable package and process opportunity but don't always have the time," says James D. Downham, president & CEO, PAC. "PAC is bringing this program to PACK EXPO because we know leading packaging buyers will be there to find the best solutions to their sustainability-related challenges."

    The PAC Green Den Match Maker committee will select no more than 10 entries from submissions by PACK EXPO exhibitors. Entries must come from PACK EXPO exhibitors. The guiding light for the entries is the Sustainable Packaging Coalition definition which incorporates all aspects of sustainability as related to sustainable packaging. Suppliers of raw materials, package containers, manufacturing and/or facility processes and consulting services are invited to submit their entries.

    Innovator entry forms are online at

    The program, open to all attendees of PACK EXPO, will be covered by a separate fee. Attendees can register at

    To register for PACK EXPO International 2010 or obtain more information, visit or contact PMMI's Show Department: or 703.243.8555.

    About PMMI PMMI is a trade association of 560 plus member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI's vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging, and its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

    PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming in 2010: EXPO PACK México in Mexico City, June 22-25, and PACK EXPO International, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, at Chicago's McCormick Place. PACK EXPO Las Vegas returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 26-28, 2011.

    Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at and

    About PAC - The Packaging Association
    Founded in 1950, PAC - the Packaging Association represents and advocates for every sector of the packaging supply chain in North America. Members include retailers, consumer packaged goods companies, package converters, raw material and graphic service providers, professional services and academic institutions and students.
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