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BIG Print Debate Leads Top Show Floor Entertainment at UK’s Biggest Packaging Show

Monday, February 16, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

In less than two weeks Packaging Innovations, running alongside Empack and Label&Print, returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 25 & 26 February with more show content than ever before. Six new features, a seminar lineup that reads like a Who's Who of industry professional and interactive debates, making the show a must attend. 

The ever popular BIG Print Debate will be addressing: ‘As personalisation increasingly becomes the norm will its greatest impact be on the shelf or in the home?’ This interactive debate takes place at 11:30 on Thursday 26 February, in the Label&Print Theatre. 

This year’s debate boasts an all female panel, which includes: Antoinette Devine, Global Packaging & Materials Consultant at SABMiller; Karen Graley, Packaging & Reprographics Manager at Waitrose; Lynn Harris, Account Director Digital at JKR: and Nancy Janes, WW Graphics Solutions Business Program Director at HP. 

Chairing the debate will be Alison Church, Event Director for Easyfairs’ UK Packaging Events who states: “We’ve all seen the powerful impact that personalisation can have in-store. Who hasn’t, for example, scoured the shelf hoping to find their name on the label of a Coke bottle? It’s great when it happens, but it looks like a lucky random chance compared to how precisely targeted personalisation might be when applied to a home delivery. Will one win over the other, or will different levels of personalisation become the norm – community-oriented in store, and messaging that’s more personal online? All in all it should prove to be a fascinating debate, and one that will be made all the more stimulating and rewarding through direct audience participation and panel interaction.” 

Nancy Janes, agrees that it is set to be a fantastic debate: “I think it’s an interesting question, by impact do we mean; brand recognition, brand loyalty, sales revenue, emotional nurture, personal wellbeing, complicated feelings or impulsive behaviour? Do we understand the future relationship between the ‘shelf’ and home? I think if personalisation is done well, it will have a significant positive impact on all of the above, if not done well, I think it will have a negative impact and the key will be good customer insight.”

Running alongside the BIG Print Debate will be the show’s first ever DrinksSymposium, which will see expert speakers from The Lakes Distillery,Diageo and Glenfiddich demonstrating the power of packaging. Each brand’s story will demonstrate how original thinking and imaginative packaging design can create a strong brand identity, when either bringing to market a new product, a brand extension, or maintaining an established brand’s unique market position.

Also new to the show is The Pharmaceutical Symposium hosted by idiPac, providing organisations with the opportunity to gain inspiration and a greater understanding of how to tackle the key issues within packaging, labelling, coding and marketing for pharmaceutical products. Plus, it will also launch its first ever Retail Symposium hosted by The PackHub, offering exhibitors and visitors from all spheres of the packaging and print world a unique programme of valuable and insightful content. Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager, at The Co-Op will be discussing the increasingly important ‘Extending Shelf Life’ on day two of the show.  

For all those looking to stay ahead of the game, the show will be boasting its inaugural Ask the Experts feature, providing an opportunity to listen to industry professionals and ask them questions. Craig-Alexander Wilson, Head of Strategic Development, at Fake Bake Beauty at Home and Beauty Editor at The Sunday Mail will be speaking on day one of the show, revealing the secrets behind the Fake Bake Beauty at Home brand, talking in detail about, ‘Taking a concept and producing a successful and aspirational brand'. Also joining the line-up will be Marks and Spencer and The Retail Institute.

BPIF will debut its Carton’s Chatroom, a private meeting room designed to facilitate discussions between key suppliers in the carton industry and brand owners, in order to help unleash the full power of cartons and labels.

Easyfairs has teamed up with Xeikon to provide the first edition of Pack Personalisation. The show feature will demonstrate to brand owners and printers the power of personalised packaging and how it can trigger consumer emotion.

The show will feature 40 content-rich LearnShops from major industry brands and leading international speakers, including Nestlé, Marks & Spencer, Mondel?z, GÜ Puds, Domino, Blippar, Hubbub and Recoup. 

This year’s show will also host live 3D print demos, enabling designers, engineers and educators to test and perfect work with 3D modeling. Plus, show favourite, Lions’ Lair, will once again be returning with four brave exhibitors presenting their new technologies, innovations and concepts to a panel of experts, in front of a live audience, in a bid to be voted best of show.

The Ecopack Challenge, sponsored by Marks and Spencer, will see a selection of exhibitors pitching their eco-friendly packaging ideas in front of a panel of professionals looking for the latest sustainable solutions.

Recoup Plastics and Packaging Clinic will be on hand providing free, one-to-one recycling advice.   As companies try to be more environmentally friendly, more answers are needed, so these pre-booked sessions with industry experts will be hugely advantageous.

The Packaging Consultancy Clinic run by The Packaging Society will be helping with industry packaging challenges. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to ask the questions, bring along packaging and gain advice on those burning packaging issues.

Finally there will be the Mad Hatters Drinks Party, a reception for all those visiting the show, held on day one of the show, providing an opportunity to network with colleagues, new contacts, and exhibitors.

Additional information can be found at www.easyFairs.com/PIUKwww.easyFairs.com/EmpackUK, and www.easyFairs.com/Label&Print or via the show team on +44 (0)20 8843 8800 or PackagingUK@easyFairs.com.


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