Food Packaging Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide a forum to discuss issues of interest to the food packaging industry.

Next Meeting

October 25, 2020
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland | Cleveland, Ohio

In conjunction with IAFP 2020

How to Join

Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.

Membership on a PDG is voluntary (not by appointment) and may vary from year to year.

IAFP Members can manage their PDG involvement by logging in to the IAFP Web site. At the Member Dashboard, click “Edit Profile.” Your profile has two tabs: Contact Info and Professional Info. Select the Professional Info tab and update the PDGs you would like to participate in. We highly recommend that you contact the PDG chairperson for each group to let them know you have joined their PDG.

Non-members can contact Dina Siedenburg,, for more information.


2019 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. None

2018 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Recommend that the Board approve Kimberly Yeager as Vice Chairperson of the Food Packaging PDG.

    Board Response: Agree.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. The Food Packaging PDG recommends that the IAFP invest in updating the IAFP App to make symposia searchable by the sponsoring PDG to better enable members to quickly filter the symposia for content. Furthermore, update the hard copy books so that the sponsoring PDG(s) are listed along with the organizer/convenor/etc.

    Board Response: Agree, staff will look into making the necessary changes.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Please approve Nick Forshee as the new Vice Chairperson of the Food Packaging PDG to serve a two-year term and then to become Chair at the Annual Meeting in 2018 for a two-year term

    Board Response: Agree

  2. Add “Packaging” as a category for posters, abstracts, etc. in the Annual Meeting app so that the program is searchable by sponsoring PDG and posters are categorized and grouped for easy browsing.

    Board Response: Agree. Program Committee will address this recommendation.

  3. We would like to recommend a Packaging PDG-sponsored award to highlight excellence in packaging for posters and/or symposia speakers.

    Board Response: The Board would review a proposal. Contact the IAFP office for details on how to establish a new award.

  4. Investigate and/or provide instructions for continuing education credits for webinars or workshops through IAFP.

    Board Response: Different organizations have differing requirements. Most all will accept IAFP’s program. The certification body should be contacted in advance of the Annual Meeting or Webinar.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. Please approve Ken Davenport as the new vice chair of the Food Packaging PDG to serve a one year term and then to become chair at the annual meeting in 2016 for a 2-year term.

    Board Response: Approve.

  2. That the Board encourage all PDGs to use online tools such as SurveyMonkey for elections of vice-chair or assistant vice-chair prior to annual meetings. This should eliminate any uncomfortable or awkward in-person elections and increase fairness for all PDG members who are unable to attend the annual meeting.

    Board Response: Agree. PDGs to conduct elections either via E-mail or using SurveyMonkey.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations +

  1. PDG Member Tony Flood, who was unable to attend the meeting, provided Linda Leake with a suggestion for a symposium: “Packaging Alternatives for the 21st Century: Food Packaging 2.0 from BPA to What?” This symposium would cover where we are today, micro challenges, consumer input, novel technologies for food packaging like nanotechnology, and for banned substances what do we use as replacements in packaging.

    Board Response: Symposium suggestions are considered by the Program Committee.

  2. Barb Blakistone was not able to attend the PDG meeting because she had to chair the Seafood PDG meeting at the same time as Packaging. After the PDG meetings she informed Linda Leake that she would be willing to work on the proposed Packaging 101 workshop as a team member.

    Board Response: Symposium suggestions are considered by the Program Committee.


  • Package Failures-Root Causes and Their Implications for Public Food Safety

    The role of a package is to protect product content from undesirable environmental factors surrounding it. In the field of food safety, protection is the most important function of a package. The purpose of this webinar is to outline specific types of package failures with the intent of providing a learning medium through which package failures can be better understood to better safeguard the public's well-being. Minimizing the risk of such failures is only possible by a proper analysis of how past failures occurred and what policies can help prevent them from happening again.

    Organized by the Food Packaging and Food Chemical Hazards and Food Allergy PDGs.


    • Albert Elboudwarej, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor, Heald College