"As the year draws to its close, I think about my living," sang John Denver, in one of my favorite Christmas albums, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together. As 2017 draws to a close, and I head off for the holidays, I think of all that FPI has accomplished this year. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Launching "The Complete Package," which included online lesson plans for elementary school students, educating them on foodservice packaging – what it is, why it's used and why it can sometimes be a smarter environmental choice than reusables.
- Quantifying the size of the foodservice packaging market in the U.S. and Canada. We hadn't updated this data since 2011, so it was high time to do it.
- Facilitating the work of FPI’s Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group to add foodservice packaging to recycling programs in Chattanooga, Tenn., Louisville, Ky. and Washington, DC, plus support much-needed research on today's composting infrastructure.
- Promoting the grants provided by FPI's Foam Recycling Coalition to expand foam recycling in the U.S. and Canada.
- Revamping FPI's strategic plan and charting our path to advocate effectively for the foodservice packaging industry.
- Giving interviews to dozens of media outlets, helping to get the word out about foodservice packaging – no "alternative facts!" [And a personal highlight has to be our appearance on The Dr. Oz Show… never thought FPI would be asked to be on a national television show!]
- Launching on Instagram to promote foodservice packaging and seeing our other social media platforms grow in terms of likes and followers.
- Highlighting excellence and innovations during the QSR/FPI Foodservice Packaging Awards competition.
- Gathering together at FPI's 84th annual spring and fall conferences, which saw record attendance among raw material and machinery suppliers, converters, foodservice distributors and brands.
Phew! Time for a break and recharge the batteries so we're ready for another great year. In the meantime, happy holidays to all!
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 12/13/2017 9:47:49 AM