Solidifying its position as the premier event in North America for food and beverage processing, ProFood Tech (April 4-6; McCormick Place, Chicago) will host Delkor Systems, Inc.’s exclusive insider’s perspective from two of Walmart’s former Directors of Packaging.

This look behind the curtain of the largest company in the world takes place in the Delkor booth (#2415) on Wednesday, April 5 from 11:00–11:30 a.m. and 3:00–3:30 p.m.

During their discussion “Walmart’s Labeling and Retail Ready Packaging (RRP) Guidelines Demystified,” Chet Rutledge, former senior director, Private Brands Packaging, and Ron Sasine, former director, Private Brands Packaging, aim to keep producers ahead of the curve as retail giants continue to raise packaging expectations. The panel will also address major Walmart efforts to standardize case coding and labeling to maximize efficiency through distribution and store stocking.

In Sept. 2016, Walmart selected the Delkor Cabrio Case as its preferred shipper style in its Approved RRP Guide for pouches, bags, cartons and flat packs. First introduced at Walmart for pouches of shredded cheese, today 75 percent of all shredded cheese pouches sold at Walmart stores in the U.S. are shipped to market in a Delkor Cabrio Case.

“As attendees will see at ProFood Tech, the Delkor Cabrio Case is having a major impact on Retail Ready Packaging,” says Dale Anderson, president and CEO of Delkor. “Because of the success of Cabrio in the cheese category, Walmart significantly expanded the use of Cabrio to include numerous product categories, such as snacks & nuts, frozen vegetables, sauces, candy, non-food products, and more to come in 2017.”

Powered by three of the world’s trade show leaders – PACK EXPO, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) – ProFood Tech will welcome more than 6,000 key decision makers to convene with 400-plus of the world’s top suppliers over 150,000 net square feet of exhibit floor.

The education offerings expand beyond the show floor as the ProFood Tech Conference Program, produced by IDFA, will offer a wide range of educational experiences covering issues such as: regulations and food safety, consumer trends and marketing, food processing advances and technology, business and leadership development and health and lifestyle. The conference will kick-off with a keynote address by five-time National Football League (NFL) MVP Peyton Manning on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 a.m.

In addition, ProFood Tech Learning Hub will feature free, 30-minute educational sessions at the Innovation Stage and the all-new Regulatory Matters stage. The Innovation Stage offers attendees the opportunity to learn from industry experts on topics ranging from hygienic operations and improving sustainability, to advanced spray technologies and using robotic automation.

ProFood Tech’s Regulatory Matters stage features presentations by industry experts on topics such as communicating during a food safety crisis, deconstructing Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, combustible dust mitigation in food manufacturing, and constructing a FSMA food safety plan. A roundtable discussion will follow each session, giving attendees the opportunity to share ideas and best practices on these critical topics with peers.

The ProFood Tech Learning Hub will also serve as host to both the Manufacturing Innovation Awards (Tuesday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.), and the Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards (Wednesday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m.).

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About the Producers of ProFood Tech

ProFood Tech is produced in partnership by PMMI, Koelnmesse and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 750 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. It works to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through leading trade media, as well as the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, – PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara.

Koelnmesse - Global Competence in Food and FoodTec: Koelnmesse is an international leader in organizing food fairs and events regarding food and beverages processing. Trade fairs such as the Anuga, ISM and Anuga FoodTec are established world leaders. Koelnmesse not only organizes food trade fairs in Cologne, Germany, but also in further growth markets around the globe, for example, in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Thailand, the United States and the United Arab Emirates, which have different focuses and contents. These global activities enable us to offer our customers a network of events, which in turn grant access to different markets and thus create a basis for sustainable and stable international business. The events regularly organized by Koelnmesse take place at different intervals and attract nearly 50,000 exhibiting companies from 123 countries, as well as around 3 million visitors from 209 countries.

IDFA represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers. The association’s nearly 200 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations that represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.

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