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Glenn Ventrell of Quaker Group Named Keynote Speaker for NPIRI Conference


Senior director R&D packaging and customer innovation for Qauker will bring insights to conference

Glenn Ventrell, senior director R&D packaging and customer innovation for Quaker Foods and Snacks and Global Nutrition Group both divisions of PepsiCo., will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Annual Technical Conference, which will be held Oct. 16-18 in Itasca, IL.

Mr. Ventrell will speak on "Importance of Supply Chain Communication from a Brand Owner's Perspective," focusing on product packaging from a brand owner's perspective.

The importance of clear, two-way communication of the brand owner's packaging requirements, goals, objectives and expectations is critical for a successful supply chain partnership. This presentation will cover specific functional groups within the brand owner infrastructure and their interests and influence on packaging decisions. A brand owner's current perspective on sustainability will also be discussed.

Prior to joining Quaker, Mr. Ventrell has served as senior director packaging innovation for Sara Lee, directing packaging for fresh bakery, breakfast and snacking products, lunch and dinner products, foodservice and deverage. He spent 20 years with Wrigley in various roles, where he gained the bulk of his international experience; during this time, he lived in Munich, where he had responsibility for procurement and operations business management for Africa, Middle East, Europe and India.

During his time at Wrigley, Mr. Ventrell held management roles in corporate procurement, international procurement, supply chain, business development and packaging R&D. His focus is on developing new products, consumer and customer insights and introducing new and different ways to work.

For more information on the 2012 Technical Conference, including the 2012 Awards, Tabletops, Supplier Showcases, the 2012 Agenda/Program and registration forms, contact the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) office at (732) 855-1525 or its web site at