PMMI starts Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence

  • February 24, 2011
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February 24, 2011 — PMMI announces the launch of The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE).   The AIOE’s purpose is to bring together operations professionals from consumer products companies and solutions providers to address key industry issues and establish best practices on a range of critical operational topics.  

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is a Charter Partner with PMMI on this initiative. GMA represents the leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. “This forum will provide an opportunity for solutions providers and CPG firms to meet and identify best in class solutions to improve their business performance,” said Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI. “I am very pleased to work with GMA on this initiative.” “We are very excited to be a part of this initiative to bring these groups together,” said Dennis J. Belcastro, Executive VP of GMA. “Through the collaborative efforts in Solution Groups of nearly 50 participants in 2010, the GMA UpStream initiative made advancements in such areas as process validation for low moisture foods, engagement of upstream suppliers in sustainability scorecards for manufacturers and beginning the development of operating reliability metrics. The Alliance will expand upon the opportunities that will bring our members together with a number of partners and peers across the CPG marketplace to address the common concerns we face in the industry and to improve supply chain operational performance.” AIOE will continue the work of the solution groups that were initiated by GMA in their UpStream program, each tasked with focusing on specific areas of interest, including a Product Safety Solutions Group (PSSG), a Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG), an Operational Reliability Solutions Group (ORSG), and add new groups as needs dictate including the new Workforce Development Solutions Group (WDSG).  PMMI will host AIOE meetings throughout 2011. About PMMI PMMI is a trade association of 560-plus member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging, and its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers. PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world.

About GMA The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) represents the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies. The Association promotes sound public policy, champions initiatives that increase productivity and growth and helps to protect the safety and security of the food supply through scientific excellence. The GMA board of directors is comprised of chief executive officers from the Association’s member companies. The $2.1 trillion food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry employs 14 million workers, and contributes over $1 trillion in added value to the nation’s economy.

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