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Mon April 29, 2019

Washington, D.C., April 29, 2019—The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) today welcomed Bradley Hoppe as its new director of global packaging regulations to lead the association’s regulatory and advocacy programs and projects that relate to the safety of plastic packaging. In his role, Hoppe will closely support the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee (FDCPMC) and its 14th Biennial International Symposium on Worldwide Regulation of Food Packaging, June 11-14, 2019.

Hoppe most recently served as a marketing specialist in export finance at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Office of Trade Programs, which included providing technical guidance, training and direction to leadership. 

His prior role was as a packaging engineer in the USDA’s Farm Service Agency Commodity Operations Division, where he managed policies and procedures to support foreign and domestic food aid programs, including with packaging and materials. He also served as a technical advisor for packaging initiatives during tours of worldwide packaging manufacturing, shipment and storage facilities, and designed material specifications for packaging special projects. 

“Brad’s experience in foreign and domestic packaging policies and procedures makes him a tremendously qualified resource for our members,” said PLASTICS’ Interim President & CEO, Patty Long. “His insights on policies that relate to the production of plastics and its use in certain applications will be extremely valuable.”

Prior to joining the USDA, Brad worked in packaging at Proctor & Gamble and Kraft Foods International.  He earned both his B.S. in Packaging and his M.S. in Food Safety from Michigan State University.

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About Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $432 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit plasticsindustry.org. Connect with PLASTICS on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn