Dairy processors can pick the brains of packaging experts at the Las Vegas Convention Center in September.

The power of packaging is contagious. That’s why PMMI, the Reston, Va.-based organizers of Pack Expo 2011, is presenting one powerful show.

Pack Expo 2011 is scheduled to take place Sept. 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Visitors will have the opportunity to connect with 1,600 world-class suppliers, check out total systems solutions and cutting-edge technologies and attend industry pavilions and an enhanced conference program led by industry leaders.

The show will kick off with keynote speaker, General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State. In his address titled “Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust & Values,” Powell will discuss how he defied racial barriers and how his leadership skills helped him found Chairman of America’s Promise Alliance, an organization that works with more than 400 partner organizations to provide resources that build better lives for America’s youth.

Pack Expo remains home to the Processing Zone, where attendees can find innovative processing solutions for the food industry.

The Reusable Packaging Pavilion, sponsored by the Reusable Packaging Association, Arlington, Va., showcases how choosing reusable pallets, hand-held containers, bulk containers, dunnage and other transport packaging solutions can raise productivity and profitability.

Attendees can swing by the Food Safety Summit Resource Center and learn from subject matter experts on the latest breakthroughs in food safety and receive insight into potential solutions.

The Brand Zone-Containers & Materials that Shape Winning Brands, offers the latest advances in package design for glass, plastic, metal and paperboard packaging, decorating and labeling techniques. For example, the Showcase of Packaging Innovations features award-winning packaging from around the world. The 6th annual Pack Expo Selects awards recognize best-in-class consumer packaging by exhibitors. And, Project 2020: The Consumer Experience focuses on the future of packaging with a design competition that forecasts upcoming trends. Meanwhile, the Confectionery Pavilion, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, Washington, D.C., will boast new innovations with candy confections and frozen dairy desserts. 

For exhibitor and attendee information, travel arrangements, airfare discounts, registration links and more, go to www.packexpo.com.