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  WIST News - April 2016 
Mark your calendar and plan to be at UW-Stevens Point October 18 for Focal Point 2016, hosted by WIST. We're building on the 2015 conference with the theme focused on innovations in paper-based food packaging for improved performance and greater market penetration.

Focal Point, now in its sixth year, features presentations by accomplished industry experts plus networking opportunities throughout the day. 

Come to Focal Point to hear brand owner perspectives, insights on consumer preferences and innovative ideas across the value chain. This year, expect to hear from Nestl√©, Daikin-America, Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and more. 

We're pleased to announce that Expera Specialty Solutions and the American Forest and Paper Association are sponsors of Focal Point 2016. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available; see this brochure or contact Paul Fowler to discuss sponsorship.

Steering committee formed for vegetable research project
Collaboration with Wisconsin's robust specialty crop industry is important to the success of a new research effort by WIST. Accordingly, a steering committee has been formed that includes industry professionals from the grower, processor and marketing segments as well as economic development professionals. Committee members will provide insight on industry practices, data on production and processing operations, and recommendations on best avenues to explore. 

Vegetables and their residual materials contain numerous chemicals such as vitamins, proteins, sugars and lipids, waxes and other aliphatic and aromatic compounds such as antioxidants. The specialty chemical sector manufactures a wide range of synthetic or semi synthetic molecules that have the same or similar effects as those chemicals that occur naturally in vegetables. The goal of the three-year project is to identify opportunities for commercialization of specific chemicals from processing residuals and to foster entrepreneurial activity to take advantage of the opportunities. 

Committee members are: Matthew Badtke, Del Monte Foods; Brian Flood, Del Monte Foods; Nick George, Jr., Midwest Food Processors Association; Tamas Houlihan, Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association; Barbara LaMue, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Jeremie Pavelski, Heartland Farms; Richard Pavelski, Heartland Farms; Michelle Peariso, Pavelski Legacy Partners; Arjun Sanga, WiSys Technology Foundation; Bob Wise, WiSys Technology Foundation. Also on the steering committee are WIST staff Paul Fowler, Rebecca Vagts, Angie Hauer, Justin Hall and Ron Tschida. 

The research project is funded by a grant of $499,965 from the U.S. Economic Development Agency. Matching funding from WIST and project partners, largely in-kind contributions of staff time and resources, brings the total expected project value to just over $1 million. 

Here's more information about the research project.
Register now for these upcoming courses
Introduction to Papermaking Additives
Just a few days left to take advantage of the early-bird registration discount for this course -- register by May 1 and save. This two-day course, June 1-2, provides an overview of common papermaking additives used today. With morning classroom sessions and afternoons on the UW-Stevens Point pilot paper machine, you'll quickly gain practical knowledge to apply in your own work. The course is taught by Dr. Gerry Ring, professor emeritus and former chair of the UW-Stevens Point Paper Science and Engineering Program. For more information and to register now visit the course web page.
Coating and Lamination in Packaging Applications
Professor Roland Gong covers the basics of coating and laminating in this two-day course. Course dates aer July 21-22; register by June 21 for best price. Beginning with discussion of materials and properties (monolayer and multilayer; layer functions, surface properties and more), then continuing through methods, operations and trouble shooting, this course provides a thorough introduction to coating and lamination. Participants receive eight hours of classroom instruction plus four hours of hands-on experience using the Faustel pilot coating and laminating line. Check out the course website for more information and to register today.
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