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Cannabis Packaging Conference Keynotes to Explore “Opportunities in Cannabis Packaging” and “The State of California Cannabis” at April 2022 Event


ANAHEIM, Calif.–()-The Cannabis Packaging Conference, returns to deliver a robust conference and exhibition to showcase the latest innovative products in cannabis packaging solutions. Co-located with WestPack and produced in collaboration with the California Cannabis Industry Association, the Cannabis Packaging Conference today announced the highly curated conference program for the 2022 event, including two forward-looking, news-filled keynotes from renowned industry experts. The event returns to the Anaheim Convention Center for its third edition, scheduled for April 12-13, 2022, serving as the cannabis packaging industry’s must-attend event to network, learn about the latest innovative products and solutions, gather ideas , learn from peers, and ink deals. Participant registration is open; Register here to get a conference pass today.

The event is one of five co-located commercial brands that make up “IME West”, providing access to brands and education spanning several complementary advanced manufacturing verticals: Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) West, Automation Technology Show (ATX) West, Design and Manufacturing (D&M) West, and Plastec West.

Keynote presentations from the Cannabis Packaging Conference open each day of the event, April 12 beginning with a panel exploring opportunities in cannabis packaging, featuring experts from MJBiz, Grove bags, Dad and Barkleyand Tourmaline Companies. Lindsay Robinson with the California Cannabis Industry Association will headline the second day of the conference, discussing the state of cannabis in California.

Formerly known as the Cannabis Packaging Summit, this year’s Cannabis Packaging Conference features a day and a half of education, arming packers with real-world solutions and technologies to overcome the challenges born of highly regulated sector and its unprecedented growth. In a context of rapid legalization, the packaging of cannabis, the most crucial but most difficult aspect of the manufacturing process, is evolving towards more sophisticated and automated operations.

“Regardless of industry, the demand for sophisticated packaging technologies is growing, especially in highly regulated industries, such as the cannabis sector,” said Adrienne Zepeda, Group Events Manager, Cannabis Packaging Conference. “It’s one of the fastest growing industries. As such, brands and packers face constant challenges that require face-to-face connection and education. We pride ourselves on providing a global platform featuring in-person offerings that facilitate the much-needed connection, shine a light on new solutions and accelerate business. We couldn’t be happier to announce this year’s conference lineup. This is truly a must-attend event for anyone working in cannabis packaging who wants to meet new potential partners, discover the latest solutions and learn from the world’s brightest minds driving this dynamic industry forward.

The hyper-focused conference, launched in 2019, is strategically held alongside WestPack, an established trade show showcasing the latest packaging innovations, to promote visibility and networking across complementary industries. Notable brands to be exhibited at WestPack confirmed to date include Accutek packaging, AESUS Packaging and Labeling Systems, Inc., All-Fill Inc., AMS filling systems Inc., Bell-Mark Sales Co., Charles Beser Co., Dorner Manufacturing Corp., United States, Formost Fuji Corporation, LLC Inline Filling Systems, JW Winco, Inc., Keyence Corporation of America, NeuraLabel, CAP machinery, Packline United States, PallayPack, Inc., PDC International Corp., QuickPouch, CER Translab Inc., Schmalz Inc., Sesotec, START International, Taconic, Tourmaline Companies, Triangle Package Machinery Co., UBS North America, Universal Robots, Weber Packaging Solutions Inc., Wexxar / Beland Wipotec-OCS.

Some sessions of the 2022 Cannabis Packaging Conference include:

Main Panel: The Opportunities of Cannabis Packaging

Moderator of Tourmaline Companies

Panelists from MJBiz, Grove Bags, Dad and Barkley

Packers know that cannabis is a booming business. The cannabis industry’s billion dollar valuations are in spades – lots of potential! But today the cannabis industry is fragmented – without a national market, it comprises many small markets with their own distinct needs and rules. Regulations are inconsistent and there is little standardization within the industry. With this as a backdrop, packaging companies looking to enter cannabis need to be flexible, provide personalized offerings, and fully understand the varying strengths in each state they are targeting. Join our panel of industry experts as they discuss data you can use to build a business case or understand the size of the opportunity, specific examples of cannabis packaging challenges, and give you insights. insider information on how to bring your expertise to a high-growth industry. In this session, you will:

  • Get market data to understand the size of the cannabis opportunity

  • Learn about challenges specific to cannabis packaging (hint: many medical packaging issues apply)

  • Explore innovations in cannabis packaging (can you wrap a pre-roll?) and understand how to leverage your skills in this exciting emerging sector

Panel: Cannabis Packaging Regulation Forum

Moderator of Vicente Sederberg

Panelists from Eden Enterprises Inc. and West Coast Cure

Join our panel of regulatory experts for a guided survey and analysis of the cannabis packaging landscape in the Western United States. Engage in a real conversation about the issues that impact the success of your business and the prosperity of the industry. We will discuss :

  • Key Regulatory Trends and Cannabis Packaging Changes in the Western United States

  • How they could impact the marketing, branding and packaging strategies of craft cannabis brands and MSOs

  • Proactive steps taken by the cannabis industry to shape packaging regulations in favor of a responsible, fair and sustainable industry – and what is needed next

Panel: Sustainability Strategies for Cannabis Packaging

Moderator of Packaging Summary

Panelists from Dad and Barkley, Global AEand cannachange

Sustainability is key – and cannabis packaging is complicated enough! While many cannabis brands want their packaging to be attractive, functional and durable, sustainability can be left behind in the face of more complex packaging challenges. Cannabis packaging regulations are constantly changing, as is the public’s idea of ​​what sustainability means. What can the cannabis market do today to ensure a sustainable industry and embed sustainability into its culture? Join a discussion about:

  • Overview of sustainability in cannabis packaging – who are the cannabis market laggards and leaders when it comes to sustainability?

  • Innovations in sustainable cannabis packaging

  • Expert advice

View the full Cannabis Packaging Conference Agenda here to sift through the sessions that interest you.

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