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Europe's leading food contact forum

Welcome to the home of Smithers Pira's leading food contact events;

Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs
Global Food Contact,
and our publication Food Contact World
Food Contact and Additives


Upcoming food contact events:

gfcGlobal Food Contact 2015 has been confirmed!


This unique event will be taking place in Rome, Italy from 19-21 May 2015.

THE global food contact forum, this conference never fails to offer delegates the chance to be updated with all the key developments around the globe relating to FCM.

Find out more about the 2015 edition of this exciting event here >>

fcaFood Contact and Additives is returning to the US in 2015

Since Global Food Contact is in Europe, the Food Contact and Additives event is back for 2015. Taking place on September 28-30 in Georgetown - Washington DC, this event will once again bring together regulatory affairs professionals from both the food contact materials and food ingredients industries to provide a unique forum for getting up to date with all current and developing regulatory, legislative and best practise for the safety of food and food packaging materials. Read more here >>>

Past food contact events

pp2012Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2014 was a great success!

Plastics and Paper took place from 2-5 December at the Eurostars Grand Central Hotel in Munich, Germany. Over 200 delegates joined us at our flagship event, to take in the sights and sounds of Christmas Markets, whilst getting up to speed on the most topical and timely developments in food contact regulations.

Speakers included representatives from FrieslandCampina Consumer Products, DS Smith, EFSA and more! >> View the full list here <<

Check out the full highlights here >>

smithers piraIntroduction to Food Contact Regulations 10-11 June 2014

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains and alongside our 2014 conference and webinar schedules, we deliver that expertise in a small number of specialist training courses. The most recent training course from Smithers Pira's industry experts took place in June at the Ramada London Gatwick

gfcOver 130 attendees joined us at Global Food Contact - what did you miss?

Taking place in Silver Spring, MD on May 12-14 2014, this global event once again addressed all the on-going changes in food contact legislation across the world.

This year's speakers included FDA, Health Canada, Amcor, Sealed Air and legal experts Keller & Heckman and Steptoe, and this year's programme featured food contact representatives from South America, Japan, China, the US and Europe. Plus an expert panel on supply chain compliance featured representatives from Bemis, Wrigley and more.

Watch this space for the 2015 venue announcement, when we return to Europe!

View program highlights here

View the full program here

pp2012P&P 2013 celebrated 30 years in London!

On 9-12 December this leading food contact forum celebrated the 30th edition of Plastics in Contact with Foodstuffs! With a gala dinner on the evening of 10th December, in addition to a full 3 day conference agenda, plus 2 pre-conference workshops, delegates were brought up to date with all the need-to-know developments in food contact regulations, compliance and guidance.

Speakers included European Commission JRC, EFSA, BfR, and H.B Fuller and attendees provided great feedback on these leading Plastics and Paper agendas

food contact and additivesA very successful launch event, new for 2013, in Washington DC!

This inaugural event organised by Smithers Pira, in partnership with Steptoe, brought together the realms of food contact and food additives, and provided delegates with critical updates in each of these fields within the US market.

See what you missed and what attendees had to say about this great event. Food Contact & Additives will be returning to the US in late September 2015 - watch this space for more information.


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Food Contact World - Smithers Pira's exclusive monthly food contact e-journal Arrows

Food Contact World - Smithers Pira's exclusive monthly food contact e-journal

For information and the latest news from Food Contact World, see our NEW page dedicated to Smithers Pira's key food contact publication...more

Key Speakers for P&P 2014

Elly Spies
FrieslandCampina Consumer Products Europe

Elly Spies-Faber, studied Molecular Science at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. She received her PhD from the Bio-Organic chemistry department of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands where she conducted research on the structure of polysaccharides. From 2000 up to and including 2010, Mrs. Spies-Faber worked as a Project Manager in the Analytical Research department of TNO Quality of Life, Zeist the Netherlands and from 2011 onward at TNO Triskelion. During this period she was designing and leading research in response to customer inquiries in the field of food packaging materials. Elly started working at FrieslandCampina from July 2013 in the position of Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Business Group Consumer Products Europe, Middle East & Africa. In this function she supports and advises the FrieslandCampina locations throughout this region to ensure compliance with respect to food, packaging, labeling and claims regulation.

Elly Spies
Eric Barthelemy

Leading scientist for the risk assessment of food contact materials, coordination of Scientific Working Group and applications for evaluation prior to autorisation (e.g. on recycling processes, substances intended to be used for the manufacture of plastics, active and intelligent packaging).

Eric Barthelemy
Paul Earnshaw

The most satisfying thing Paul has found in his career is the buzz he gets from turning ideas into a customer delighting reality. Paul has a highly successful record in complex packaging project management in the areas of food and drink, cosmetics, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Paul is packaging manager for Tesco, the second largest retailer in the world. Pauls experience runs from managing the initial innovation through to large scale factory implementation via basic proof of principle, tooling, design, business model development and supply chain management. Following a career in packaging management with Boots and Coty Paul worked internationally at CXO level with many of the major global FMCG brands and large retailers developing new products and NPD systems. Pauls main focus is on delivering an improved customer experience through understanding the capabilities of packaging technology and the constraints of the supply chain and legislative landscape

Paul Earnshaw
John Dixon
Flexible Packaging Europe

After studying biochemistry, John Dixon worked in the flexible packaging industry, mainly in technical and development roles, and finally as Director, Regulatory Affairs for Alcan Food Flexibles Europe. Since 2008, he has worked as consultant in a number of roles, including the FACET project. For the last 3 years, he has been the Director Regulatory Affairs for Flexible Packaging Europe.

John Dixon
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Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • Decernis
  • Focos
  • 3E Company Europe
  • GERSTEL GmbH & Co.KG
  • Steptoe and Johnson LLP
  • BASF
  • MHM Holding GmbH
  • Smithers Pira
  • TNO Triskelion
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  • Chemical Watch
  • FCA - Food Contact Additives