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Summary: FaB CEO Briefing on Packaging for an Innovative Future
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Summary: FaB CEO Briefing on Packaging for an Innovative Future

When: Tuesday, August 15
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
Where: Miron Construction
1471 McMahon Dr.
Neenah, Wisconsin  54956
United States
Contact: Emily Allen

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Thank you to the leaders who turned out on August 15 to learn and discuss how Wisconsin's food and beverage companies are, or could be, leveraging our packaging strength for their innovative and competitive advantage at our FaB CEO Briefing hosted by Miron Construction in Neenah with The New North.

FaB's invite-only CEO Briefings are organized by FaB's Council and provide the industry facilitated peer discussions designed to offer year-round opportunities to garner direct senior executive input and support of FaB’s strategic initiatives as we address issues facing the industry.

The subject matter of this CEO Briefing was raised a year ago at a CEO Briefing on “The State of Industry Growth.”  At that briefing, attendees stressed the importance of our packaging strength and the need for FaB to attract more packaging and equipment companies into the strategic discussion offered via the Briefings.

To spur the discussion, attendees took in a presentation by packaging expert Claire Sand, Ph.D, owner of Packaging Technology and Research LLC and adjunct professor at Michigan State University.  Dr. Sand dove into packaging trends in the areas of sustainability, intelligence, and agility.

This wasn’t a presentation on packaging for product branding, rather a presentation on how packaging works, and doesn’t.  Dr. Sand placed focus on the links between packaging and sustainability, intelligent packaging, and challenges in packaging that require innovation and agility.


In her 30+ year career, Dr. Claire Sand has held a variety of roles across the food science and packaging spectrum. Her mission is to fundamentally change the world with packaging science that increases shelf life and reduces food waste. Prior to leading her own company, Sand’s experience ranged from basic research and development to strategic value chain analysis and everything in between. Her portfolio includes working with Gerber-Nestle, Pillsbury- General Mills, Kraft Foods-Kraft Heinz, Dominick’s-Safeway, and research institutes in Germany, Colombia, and Thailand.



11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Leaders arrived early to network and enjoy a hot buffet lunch provided by our host Miron Construction, a FaB Gold Sponsor.

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
Attendees were welcomed by Miron representatives Dan Voss, Vice President of Food & Beverage, and Tim Kippenhan, Vice President & COO.

A warm welcome was followed by FaB Wisconsin updates provided by Shelley Jurewicz, Executive Director.

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Participants took in a presentation by Dr. Claire Sand, diving into packaging trends in the areas of sustainability, intelligence, and agility.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
The group was broken to table talk, to discuss and share:  

  1. How are you leveraging packaging for an innovative advantage
  2. How might Wisconsin better leverage our packaging strength for a competitive advantage?

1:45 pm - 2:10 pm
Table reports

2:10 pm - 2:15 pm
It's a wrap


FaB CEO Briefings are invite-only sessions for the CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Presidents, Executive VPs (not includes Sales), GMs, Owners and Entrepreneurs of Wisconsin’s food, beverage, ingredients, equipment and packaging manufacturers, distributors, retailers and associations.

We invite the senior executives of FaB's Food and Beverage Member Companies (limit two per company) and our Annual Sponsors (non-food and beverage, limit one per company/CEO). Also invited are a targeted number of non-member food and beverage company CEOs, offering an opportunity to join our strategic efforts. If you've not received your invitation, please contact Shelley Jurewicz.  

>>See previous FaB CEO Briefings



  • Becky’s Blissful Bakery:  Mark Maglio
  • East Shore Specialty Foods: Kristin Graves
  • FaB Wisconsin: Shelley Jurewicz, Emily Allen, Brad Rostowfske, Pat Werner
  • Galloway Co.: Greg Pollesch and Kevin Beauchamp
  • Gross Automation: Bob Gross
  • Kendall Packaging: Eric Erickson III
  • Kettle Range Meats: Mark Bearce
  • Leach Farms: Jacque Oldenburg
  • Maglio Companies: Sam Maglio
  • Midland Packaging & Display: Julie Tadlock
  • Miron Construction: Dan Voss
  • Salm Partners: Keith Lindsey
  • Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Office: Jennifer Garner
  • The Omanhene Cocoa Bean Co.: Steve Wallace
  • Vonco Products: Keith Smith
  • Wisconsin Department of Agriculture: Jack Heinemann


  • BMO Harris: Deb Roesner and Sam Miller
  • Bassett Mechanical: Kim Bassett
  • New North: Jerry Murphy, Connie Loden


  • Baensch Food Products: Kim Wall
  • Belmark: Karl Schmidt
  • Baker's Quality Pizza Crusts: Patricia Miller
  • Chr. Hansen: David Carpenter
  • Contract Comestibles: Andy Gehl
  • Denali Ingredients: Neal Glaeser
  • East Shore Specialty Foods: Jeri Mesching
  • First Choice Ingredients: Jim Pekar
  • Gehl Foods: Eric Beringause
  • Good Foods Group: Brad Nicholson
  • Gorilly Goods: Stephen McDiarmid
  • Kerry: Colin McDermid
  • Klement's Sausage: Ray Booth, Ray Deeter
  • KHS USA: Michael Brancato
  • Lakefront Brewery: Russ Klisch
  • Lakeside Foods: Glen Tellock
  • Lesaffre Red Star Yeast: Thomas Benner
  • Masters Gallery Foods: Jeff Gentine
  • Masterson Co.: Mike Masterson
  • Midwest Bottling: John Reiter
  • Mighty Fine Food: Martha Davis Kipcak
  • Northland Laboratories: D.J. Alwattar
  • O&H Bakery: Eric Olesen
  • Palermo's Pizza: Giacomo Fallucca
  • Regal Ware: Dave Lenz
  • Sargento: Louie Gentine
  • Saputo: Terry Brockman
  • Sartori Cheese: Jim Sartori
  • Sysco Eastern WI: Rob Huether
  • Usinger's Famous Sausage: Fritz Usinger
  • The Spice House: Tom Erd
  • Ventura Foods: Allen Pavlovich
  • WIMCP: Buckley Brinkman
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.: Cate Rahmlow
  • Wixon: Peter Gottsacker

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