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T.H.E.M. President, Neil Kozarsky, Presents to Global Pouch Forum


Neil Kozarsky, President of the North American leader in stick packaging, T.H.E.M., recently spoke at the Global Pouch Forum, held June 11-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kozarsky, a visionary and leader in packaging innovation, participated in two portions of the program; one tied to the growth of stick packaging, and the second on a contract packaging panel discussion.

Kozarsky gave a glimpse into how he has helped develop a company culture of excellence, which has positioned T.H.E.M. so uniquely within the packaging industry. Kozarsky was partnered with Dan Leonardi, president of Encaff Products, which has a new direct-to-mouth, caffeine-based energy stick, offering a significant leap in single-serve beverages and an innovation in stick packaging.

Kozarsky offered his thoughts on how this technology will continue to adapt and grow globally. Leonardi provided insight into the developmental phases of the rapidly evolving new stick pack, which is now making headway with the U.S. military as well as retail locations nationwide. Leonardi also discussed how Encaff has leveraged success in this innovative pouch area.

A number of influential people within the packaging industry were given the opportunity to present their opinions. The contract packaging panel featured Kozarksy; Dave Dytchkowskyj, President of Pouch Converting Technologies; Mike Werner, Vice President of Sales at Cloud Packaging Solutions; and Vicky Smitley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ryt-way Industries, LLC. They engaged in a discussion regarding the growth of pouch packaging as it relates to innovation and new package development. They also discussed technologies, new pouch formats and future applications that will affect the marketplace.

The Global Pouch Forum was attended by more than 400 people. This event has been producing innovative flexible packaging solutions to top CPG producers/brand owners, converters and flexible packaging materials, machinery and service suppliers for the past 14 years. Scores of package developers, packaging managers and engineers, operations managers and directors, and R&D managers from CPG and converter companies attended. The forum provided a better understanding of why the flexible packaging format is leading the way in consumer market penetration and how new stick pack formats and adhesive technologies will make this segment a growth leader in packaging.

“It was a great opportunity for us to collaborate, exchange ideas and work toward better solutions driven by packaging innovation,” Kozarsky said. “The future of flexible packaging is very bright, due in large part to the volume of talented people within the industry.”

Those who attended discovered global market trends and applications, heard case studies and best practices on pouches that offer shelf appeal, innovation, functionality and convenience. They also had the opportunity to meet with the industry’s leading suppliers of pouch materials, components and services offering the latest in technologies and innovations.


About T.H.E.M.

T.H.E.M. (Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing) was founded in 1973 as one of the first providers of innovative packaging solutions in North America. The company is best known for commercializing Sanko Stick Packaging in the U.S. Working in conjunction with select packaging and equipment manufacturers, T.H.E.M. offers a comprehensive array of packaging solutions designed to take brands from initial concept to full-scale national or global production. T.H.E.M. has a fully operational, on-site R&D center located at its Marlton, New Jersey headquarters, with pilot production to scale-up capabilities. For more information, please visit:


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