The PDIT Conference is about packaging technology and innovation (and not just about design, sustainability and saving food)

A Appadurai, country manager – indigo and inkjet solutions, Hewlett-Packard India and Rob Vermeulen, director, VermeulenCoppen Design and Innovation

The PDIT Conference is about a range of technology innovations that go into the packaging supply chain—from post-harvest packaging innovations that can prevent wastage in the farm to active packaging that can save food on the retail and consumer front. The conference will focus on new concepts and marketing paradigms that enhance the shelf impact of packaging as well as look at sustainability from resins and structures to recycling.

Technology presentations will put on show the newest tools to visualize new designs and effects right from virtual prototyping to the virtual supermarket and execution using digital presses and converting equipment. New paradigms in digital and variable packaging will also be presented as will the innovations that are coming in flexible packaging, cartons and labels. Automation in filling and sealing will also be discussed.

Werner Dornscheidt of Messe Dusseldorf, and one of the main founders and initiators of the Save Food movement, will make the keynote speech while the initial findings of the FAO and Messe Dusseldorf sponsored study on food wastage in India will be presented by Venu Gopal Chintada.

The design sessions will begin with Gerard Caron, head of the Pentawards jury, who will present some of the global innovation and sustainability trends in packaging design. Packaging designer Rob Vermeulen, who is quite keen on decoding the Indian food supply chain in light of the consumer and technology trends, will examine packaging design and Save Food in the session ‘Dare to Make a Difference.’ The design sessions will contain interactions with packaging designers and packaging development team leaders from the brand owner’s end.

Bill Perell of PopPack will address sustainability from the innovator’s point of and Prabodh Halde of Marico will speak on the compliance and safety issues of food packaging. Sachin Gangal of Kuraray will present an important innovation for preventing post-harvest food wastage while automation in filling and sealing will be addressed by K Ravi of Hassia Packaging.

Parakh Agro will share their perspective on the food supply chain from processing to packaging and Saswata Das of Wow Design will speak about the consumer’s psyche on food safety and sustainable packaging. Innovations in new substrates and materials will be addressed by Sukhdev Singh Saini of General Mills while Amit Kale of Reliance Industries will speak about reducing the carbon footprint of packaging. Debabrata Deb, a leading expert in Indian flexible packaging, will speak on “Why India needs active packaging!” Process innovations will be presented by global technology leaders including Esko and HP’s A Appadurai, who will speak on “New Packaging Paradigms” while brand owner Kajal Anand of Debon Herbals will speak about packaging innovation from the brand owner’s point of view.

Denver Annunciation of Janus International will address innovations in cartons and labels and Rakesh Kadam will speak about the cost of innovation from the packaging buyer’s perspective. Innovations in flexible packaging will be addressed by Vinay Nalawade of Parakh Flexipacks. Cheryl Harrison of the Vivia Foundation will reflect on food packaging sustainability from the global perspective.

The final sustainability discussion at the PDIT conference will be led by Swati Singh Sambyal of the Centre for Science and Environment. Deepak Manchanda of Firstouch Solutions will talk about some of the simple structural issues in packaging and recycling.

The PDIT conference will move the industry’s conversations to a new level by tackling the intertwined themes of safety, health and environment together with the opportunities that packaging design and technology present to agriculture, industry and the service sector. How can we transition the world’s second largest producer of fruit and vegetables and the largest producer of milk into a society of nutritional abundance with creative, innovative and sustainable food production, processing and packaging?

The solutions are connected and require a virtuous spiral of interaction and action. We hope to attract packaging designers and developers, brand owners, government and institutional movers and shakers, as well as the community of packaging technology providers, experts and packaging converters themselves. –

To register for the conference please go to or contact Harmandeep Kaur at

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