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European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit

Date: 27th February 2019 - 28th February 2019 Location: Rotterdam - The Netherlands

The latest innovations and sustainable technologies shaping the future of the industry

Following three successful editions of ACI’s European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit, the 4th edition will be taking place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on 27-28th February 2019.

This year, the focus will be on the industry’s increasing challenge for innovation toward a sustainable future. Looking at the best strategies for sustainable packaging including recycling and packaging performance, with a stronger focus on the brands and retailers, who will share their thoughts and information on consumer experience and demands for the next generation of packaging. Furthermore, the conference will also explore the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, and its impact on the dynamics of the entire supply chain. This includes the latest developments from the Waste Framework and Packaging directive, as well as the Single Use Plastics Directive, and the new challenges presented by these.

Location: We will confirm the venue approximately 4-6 weeks before the event to ensure we find the most suitable space because numbers can vary dramatically. There will be a discounted accommodation rate for conference attendees.


27th February 2019
28th February 2019
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Joanna Mieloch – Delegate Sales
+48 (0) 61 898 7070
Dimitri Pavlyk – Marketing, Sales & Media Partnerships
+44 (0) 20 3141 0627
Krisztina Maria Szabo – Commercial Partnerships
+44 (0) 203 141 0603
Rob Cheeseman – Content
Tel: +44 (0) 203 141 0625
Jayme Burns – Logistics
+44 (0) 203 141 0640


We will confirm the venue approximately 4-6 weeks before the event to ensure we find the most suitable space because numbers can vary dramatically. There will be a discounted accommodation rate for conference attendees.
Rotterdam, Netherlands + Google Map

We are pleased to confirm that on Tuesday 26th of February, a day prior to the conference, limited number of conference delegates will receive a unique opportunity to join dual site visit of Suez Recycling & Recovery Netherlands sorting facility & floating Recycled Park in Rotterdam.

SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Netherlands, part of the multinational SUEZ group, offers innovative and sustainable solutions for waste & resources, energy and environment. SUEZ globally treats 17 million tons of waste, with which it saves 3,9 million tons of secondary raw materials and produces 7 terawatt hour of renewable energy.

In the Netherlands, SUEZ services 530.000 households and 80.000 organisations. The services range from ‘simple’ waste collection to treatment of hazardous waste. SUEZ is more and more active in the field of recycling of plastic packaging. With its household packaging sorting installation in Rotterdam, approximately 100.000 tons of light weight household packaging is being sorted and prepared for the next steps in recycling. SUEZ and its subsidiaries also create a high quality re-granulate PET, PP and PE.

SUEZ invites everyone to join this Resource Revolution. Together we can further optimize recycling and save the valuable resources of the earth. Find out more here: https://www.suez.com/en/WHAT-WE-DO/Our-mission

Plastics become floating park

On July 4th the first Recycled Park opened in the Rotterdam harbor. Floating debris from the rivers and port is retrieved and recycled to create a floating park of 140m2.

The aim of this iconic Recycled Park is to illustrate that recycled plastic from the open waters is a valuable material and suitable for recycling. By re-using the retrieved plastics and by producing building blocks with them, the plastics receives new value. As an extra the building blocks create a new green area; Recycled Park. Floating green structures are a plus for the city and have an ecological function in the river as habitat for micro and macro fauna as snails, flatworms, larva, beetles and fish. Find out more here: www.recycledpark.com

The Recycled Island Foundation (RIF) is a young organization that was brought to life to find an active approach to the worldwide plastic pollution in open waters. RIF aims at the retrieval of debris in rivers and river mouths, sustainable re-use of plastics, organizing clean ups, creating awareness and education.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Joachim Quoden, Managing Director, EXPRA
  • Philippe Diercxsens, Packaging & Environment Manager, Danone Waters Division
  • Rob Buurman, Director, Recycling Netwerk Benelux
  • Patricia Lopez, Manager Environmental Affairs, FoodDrinkEurope
  • Hans van Bochove, Vice-President European Public Affairs, Coca-Cola European Partners
  • Karlheinz Hausmann, Global TS&D Fellow, Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Dow Europe
  • Gert Coun, Senior Manager Market Development & Innovation Management, SABIC
  • Lars Mortensen, Consumption, Products and Plastics Expert, European Environment Agency
  • Paolo Glerean, Chairman of the Technical Committee, RecyClass
  • Alexandra Lange, Head of European and International Policy Affairs, Citeo
  • Peter Sundt, Secretary General, EPRO
  • Frank Vandewal, Circular Economy EPR Co-ordinator, Tetra Pak International
  • Vincent Mooij, Head of SUEZ.circpack, SUEZ
  • Stephan Roest, Market Development Manager, Corbion
  • Lucy Cowton, Product & Sustainability Manager, Futamura Group
  • Michael Weinert, Research Associate, Institute for Bioplastics & Biocomposites
  • Juliet Phillips, Ocean Campaigner, Environmental Investigation Agency
  • Ramon Knoester, Founder, Recycled Island Foundation
  • Up-to-date Overview of EU Directives
  • How the SUP Directive Affects Global Brands & Producers
  • Major Brand Owners Moving toward Sustainability
  • New Polymer Developments and their Implications
  • The Role of Plastics within the Circular Economy
  • Evaluating Eco-modulated EPR Fees
  • Tackling Waste Management Inefficiency
  • Debating Alternatives to Pre-packaging Food
  • The Development of Chemical Recycling Technology
  • Scaling Up Bio-based Technologies
  • Balancing Innovation, Sustainability & Value
  • Addressing Negative Public Perceptions of Plastics
  • Providing Solutions to Ocean Pollution

The two day event will bring together major brand owners, retailers, leading sustainability experts, packaging converters & manufacturers, plastic collectors & re-claimers, policy makers and major global organisations involved in the food & beverage plastic packaging industry.

This edition will create partnerships and cover the major concerns by debating with senior representatives of the industry. The event will tackle societal and environmental concerns by creating an opportunity for collaboration along the supply chain.

If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the event with a 30-45 minute presentation, please submit an abstract for consideration to:

Rob Cheeseman

Tel: +44 (0) 203 141 0625

Email: rcheeseman@acieu.net

Coveris is a leading European packaging company dedicated to providing innovative, sustainable solutions that protect, prolong and improve the products we use every day. As a manufacturer of plastic, paper and carton board products, our goal is to deliver optimal solutions that work to reduce overall environmental impact for both packaging and product.



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With leading companies and organisations from the industry attending and speaking at our event, we have the perfect vehicle to provide outstanding exposure to a senior level audience.

There are various sponsorship packages available, including sponsorship of a drinks reception on the first evening of the event and sponsorship of a networking lunch.

For commercial opportunities, please contact:

Krisztina Maria Szabo

Tel: +44 (0) 203 141 0603

Email: kszabo@acieu.net


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