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About The Guest(s): Josh Becker is the Bakery and Confection Segment Manager for Harpak-Ulma, a provider of primary packaging solutions. With a background in engineering and experience in various roles within the packaging industry, Josh is responsible for growing Harpak-Ulma's footprint in the bakery and confectionery segments.

Summary: Josh Becker, the Bakery and Confection Segment Manager for Harpak-Ulma, discusses the role of packaging equipment in sustainability efforts. He emphasizes the importance of considering the entire supply chain and reducing waste at every step. Josh also highlights the need for early involvement of equipment manufacturers in sustainability initiatives to ensure compatibility with new packaging materials. He shares examples of sustainable features in Harpak-Ulma's equipment, such as a vertical bagger with a "tight bag" feature that reduces air in the package, allowing for more efficient shipping and reduced waste. Josh concludes by discussing the challenges of balancing sustainability with consumer demands for variety and attractive packaging.

Key Takeaways:

  • Packaging equipment plays a crucial role in sustainability efforts by reducing waste and increasing efficiency.

  • Early involvement of equipment manufacturers is essential to ensure compatibility with new packaging materials.

  • Sustainability should be approached holistically, considering the entire supply chain and reducing waste at every step.

  • Balancing sustainability with consumer demands for variety and attractive packaging is a challenge in the industry.

Quotes:

  • "No manufacturer today wants to run less products tomorrow to be more sustainable. They want to run more products and be sustainable."

  • "If you can create less waste at every step in your process, you're going to be more sustainable."

  • "No one wants an empty shelf, but a lot of times an empty shelf might mean less waste."

  • "Sustainability might be on the attractiveness of the package to drive more consumers for the product."

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