Keynote Speaker

October 9 - 11, 2018 | Pheasant Run Resort - St. Charles, IL

Keynote Address: Tuesday, October 9, 1:00-1:45pm

Ron Osborn
Mars Wrigley Confectionery 

Packaging Materials are an integral part of the food manufacturing and supply process.  Food Packaging provides a system for maintaining the integrity, safety and quality of food products as they move through the distribution chain from the manufacturer to the consumer. In order to achieve this, the packaging must protect the food from damage and contamination from its environment. 

Additionally, the package is used to identify the product, and to communicate important information to the consumer, such as ingredient and nutritional information. While performing all of these functions, it is absolutely critical that the packaging materials themselves do not have any adverse effects on the food that they contain.

This has been recognized around the globe and many countries and regions have enacted legislation to protect products from their packaging materials. Compliance with food contact material regulations and, establishing their safe use, is becoming increasingly important as the complexity of our businesses grow, and as attention from regulators increases. 

While Brand Owners are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their packaging materials are compliant and safe for their intended use, it takes cooperation from the entire supply chain to achieve this goal.