PMMI, a trade association of 560-plus member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery, has launched 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 consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.
“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,” says Charles Yuska, president of CEO of PMMI.
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).
“We are very excited to be a part of this initiative to bring these groups together,” says Dennis 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.”
PMMI will host AIOE meetings throughout 2011.