Day 1 - September 17

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Immersion Session: Understanding Steps to Recycling (Space is Limited)

Join us as we travel to our Material Recovery Facility and a plastic flaker and toll washer to see the recycling process first hand. We’ll then tour our iPS (Innovative Packaging Solutions) Studio in Hartsville to watch how the rPET flake is transformed into food trays. 

Please wear close toed shoes for this session.

Understanding the Steps to Recycling 

Materials Recovery Facilities: Sonoco - Columbia, SC

Plastics Processor: Cheraw, SC

  • SE Grinders
  • EZ Solutions, a toll washer of Flakes

Innovation Tour/Markets for Post Consumer Recycling Content

iPS Studio: Hartsville, SC

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Farm to Fork Dinner

Featuring Rise Against Hunger’s Chief Impact Officer, Edna Ogwangi

We’ll take the short drive to the beautiful Kalmia Gardens for a relaxing Farm to Fork dinner to end the day. The gardens were established in the early 1930s by Mrs. David R. Coker on the land, which had become a neglected dump. Mrs. Coker made trails, dug a pond, and planted ornamental species including azaleas, camellias, tea olives (Osmanthus fragrans), and wisteria. In 1935, she opened the gardens to the public, and in 1965 she gave them to Coker College. We’ll dine near the centerpiece of the gardens, the Thomas Hart House, built in the 1820s, and the home of Hartsville’s founder. It and the gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Day 2 - September 18

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Welcome & Sonoco Purpose/Opening Address 

Join us for our opening address and an overview of the day's agenda. 

Welcome: Marcy Thompson, Vice President of Marketing & Innovation, Sonoco
Opening Address: Rob Tiede, President & CEO, Sonoco
Sustainability Personas, Food Waste: Alicia Rudick, Global Director The Hive℠, Consumer Insights

9:50 - Noon: Food Waste and Climate Change 

Join us as we demonstrate how packaging can minimize the impact of food waste on climate change. We'll also take a closer look at this in practice as we dive into the Sonoco FRESH partnership with Clemson University.

Moderator: Laura Buen Abad, Director of Technology, Transformational R & D and Sustainability at Sonoco 


  • Paul Hawken, Summit Keynote and author of DRAWDOWN
  • Roger Davidson, MaGi Foods
  • Scott Gaffner, Food Waste: Ripe for Change
  • Dustin Wills, Sonoco FRESH Director,  Clemson University's Sonoco FRESH Initiative


Farmers Market at Drengaelen House, Coker College

Join us for a Farmer’s Market style lunch on the campus of Coker College’s Drengaelen House, located a short walk from the Summit sessions. According to Coker family tradition, Drengaelen means "among the trees."

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Ocean Plastics and the Perfect Storm 

Ocean plastic debris has garnered major attention in the media and with the general public. We'll talk about how this has changed the discourse from climate impacts to a singular focus on recyclability and what that means for climate change and packaging.

Moderator: Laura Rowell, Director of Global Sustainability, Sonoco 


  • Chaz Miller, Sustainable Materials Management
    Sustainable Materials Management
  • Jennifer Ronk, Dow Sustainability Manager NA Packaging & Specialty Plastics
    Understanding Marine Debris
  • Kyla Fisher, Program Manager AMERIPEN 
    The Perfect Storm for Packaging


3:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Sustainable Packaging Innovations

Learn about our industry's investment in responsible end-of-life for plastic packaging. 

Moderator: Jeff Schuetz, Staff Vice President of Global Technology, Consumer Packaging, Sonoco


  • Holli Alexander, Eastman Chemical
  • Yvon Mongrain, Cascades – Sonoco
  • Sara Marshall – Nova Chemical
  • Greg Thibado, MSS

5:00 p.m.: Closing Comments

Rodger Fuller, Sonoco Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Packaging, Display & Packaging and Protective Solutions

5:45 - 7:30 p.m.: Closing Reception 

Midnight Rooster
136 East Carolina Ave
Hartsville, SC

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