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North America: Issue 4

Greetings!

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Final preparation and planning is wrapping up for the 5th edition of our conference Innovation Takes Root (or ITR 5 as it’s known around here), which takes place March 30 – April 1 in Orlando, FL. We're excited for another thought provoking, valuable session with many key stakeholders in our industry, and we hope you‘re planning to attend. Read more details about the conference and how to register below. If you have any questions always feel free to send me an email. Hope to see you in Orlando!

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Innovation Takes Root

Come To Connect. Come To Learn. Come To Be Inspired.

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What does 3D printing have to do with food serviceware? You might be surprised to find out. Come to ITR to learn about the latest innovations that are opening the doors to new Ingeo-based applications. Take food serviceware for example. Although already a well-established market for Ingeo, rapid evolution in both products and supply chains continues.

The Food Serviceware World Series session is just one of a handful to illustrate how technologies and supply chains converge to enable the creation of new applications that build on Ingeo’s functional and environmental attributes.

Food Serviceware World Series Session

Jase Miller

Jase Miller
Manager - Ballpark Operations, Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins - Swinging for the Fences: Waste Diversion Success at Target Field

- presenting with -

Wendell Simonson

Wendell Simonson
Vice President of Marketing, Eco-Products

Eilidh Brunton

Eilidh Brunton
Group Recycling Consultant, Vegware
Vegware’s work with the education, corporate, and events sectors within the UK to boost recycling rates across foodservice

Shilpa Manjure

Shilpa Manjure
Manager, Product Development, Natur-Tec
Nature-Tec’s developments with heat resistant, economical, compounds addressing market needs in compostable cutlery

Danny Mishek

Danny Mishek
President, SelfEco
SelfEco sharing how to incorporate proper design, rapid 3D prototyping using Ingeo filament, and BPI certification into successful production processes

Phil Van Trump

Phil Van Trump
Chief Technology Officer, MHG
Meredian Holdings Group’s next generation of extrusion coating and lamination products

Martin Bussmann

Martin Bussmann
Team Leader - Compostable Packaging, BASF SE
BASF SE’s new developments on Ingeo-based compostable packaging with ecovio®

Chinnawat Srirojpinyo

Chinnawat Srirojpinyo
Solution Section Manager, PTT MCC Biochem Company Ltd
PTT MCC Biochem Company new market opportunities with BioPBS/PLA

Plenary Speaker Highlights

Kaihan Krippendorff

Kaihan Krippendorff
Best-selling author of Outthink the Competition, Fast Company blogger, and renowned business strategist.
Kaihan Krippendorff kicks off the conference with a keynote Thursday morning focusing on how companies can succeed by unlocking innovation and seizing opportunities others ignore.

Jen Owen

Jen Owen
Blog writer, website manager and the "Voice of the e-NABLE Community", enablingthefuture.org
Jen Owen will share how the creation of the first 3D printed hand made for a 5 year old child has quickly evolved into a passionate volunteer network that positively transforms the lives of children around the globe.

Justin Zeulner

Justin Zeulner
Chief Operating Officer, Green Sports Alliance
A foremost leader in the movement to green professional sports, Justin inspires with an overview of the movement the Green Sports Alliance members and bioplastics partners have initiated by connecting producers, brands, and consumers.

Marc Verbruggen

Marc Verbruggen
President & CEO, NatureWorks
NatureWorks’ very own Marc Verbruggen (CEO) will close the conference Friday afternoon with an insider’s perspective on the bioplastics industry. Marc’s addresses have been described by past attendees as sometimes blunt, often frank, but always thought provoking.

Read more specific details about the rest of the program and register at innovationtakesroot.com. I hope you will consider attending. Please let me know if you plan to attend as I’d like to make sure we can meetup. Also, please let me know if you have any other questions about the show.
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Events

As with ITR, I’d like to know if you’re planning to attend any of the events where NatureWorks will be so we can be sure to get together. Also, let me know if there are other shows or conferences that you attend and have found to be particularly valuable.

BioCycle West Coast 16, San Diego, CA April 4 – 7
NRA Show 2016, Chicago, IL May 21 – 24

Questions?

There may be questions that come from your customers that you don't always know how to answer. I'm here to be a resource for those situations. If you have a question you're asked often and aren't sure how to respond, let me know and we'll try to help out.