Introducing the Emerging Brands Summit

This one-day event created for startup CPGs will launch at PACK EXPO International.

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PMMI Media Group is excited to launch a new event this year at PACK EXPO International, the Emerging Brands Summit. Read on to learn more about why we created it, what it is, and how you can participate.

Why we created the Emerging Brands Summit

At PMMI Media Group, we sit between our readers who consume content on packaging, processing, and automation and our advertisers—people like you—who create the machines and materials that bring packaging and processing lines to life.

In soliciting feedback from both groups, we discovered a unique opportunity to tap into an unmet need of both parties. On the reader side, we know that while many of our Packaging World and ProFood World subscribers are veteran CPG professionals with deep knowledge of packaging and processing, there is also a subset of readers who are just starting to expand their startup beyond a commercial kitchen or contract manufacturer. These individuals are hungry for the knowledge and connections to help scale their manufacturing operations.

At the same time, we’ve heard from our advertisers (again, you) a desire to reach emerging brands as a new market. While some emerging brands are at the level of scale where they’re ready to purchase capital equipment to build or extend their processing and packaging lines, others will remain in a growth stage for some time. These growing companies are looking for information to build their future roadmap which offers suppliers an opportunity to develop relationships with potential clients before they enter the buying cycle.

What is the Emerging Brands Summit

Considering the needs of emerging brands looking to create a blueprint for scaling their manufacturing operations and suppliers looking to tap into new markets, we created the Emerging Brands Summit launching this October at PACK EXPO International.

This one-day event brings together new brands with experts in manufacturing and packaging to share ideas and resources. The agenda includes education sessions, panel discussions, first-hand success stories, networking sessions, and an exhibitor marketplace.

To help attendees get the most out of their experience, expert advisors will be on hand to help identify the best solutions for customized needs.

We’re also excited to introduce attendees to Braindate, a digital-to-live networking platform. Braindate optimizes in-person networking time by connecting participants with similar interests ahead of time so they can make the most of their live conversations. Attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and advisors are all encouraged to participate and can both suggest and join topics of conversation.

 Emerging Brands Summit Agenda at a Glance

 Sunday, October 23

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration, light breakfast and networking

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome and opening remarks

9:10 AM – 10:10 AM Contract manufacturing and packaging panel discussion

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM Emerging Brands Marketplace and networking break

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM Sessions 1-3

11:50 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:10 PM Sessions 4-6

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Emerging Brands Marketplace and networking break

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM CPG panel discussion

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Awarding of grants

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Emerging Brands Marketplace and reception


How you can participate

Suppliers are encouraged to participate as an Emerging Brands Marketplace exhibitor which includes a tabletop exhibit and full event participation for two attendees. Like the event speakers, panelists, and expert advisors, exhibitors are industry experts with valuable knowledge to share and we encourage active participation.

For exhibitors, the Emerging Brands Summit is a place to both connect with prospective buyers ready to purchase and build brand awareness with emerging brands before they enter the buying cycle.

Emerging Brands Summit exhibitors are not required to exhibit at PACK EXPO International, however, those that do will benefit from the chance to connect with attendees throughout the show. As part of their Emerging Brands Summit registration, attendees receive full access to PACK EXPO International and are encouraged to explore all it has to offer including exhibits and education sessions.

We’re excited for the launch of the Emerging Brands Summit and look forward to more ways to connect readers and suppliers through live events. For more information, visit

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