HERNDON, VA. – Founders and leaders of startup manufacturing companies can find a one-day event created just for them this year at PACK EXPO International.

Debuting Oct. 23 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the Emerging Brands Summit gears its event content toward companies looking to scale their brands and achieve larger production.

Intended for companies that are evaluating in-house or outsourced manufacturing and packaging solutions, the event was put together with high-growth brands and leaders of product development, operations and finance in mind.

Suppliers specializing in packaging machinery and materials, processing equipment, and contract manufacturing and packaging services will be among the exhibitors at the Emerging Brands Summit.

“With so much change in the industry over the last few years and the increase in e-commerce and consumer demand in every industry vertical, we felt that it was important to launch a program that can serve as a roadmap to help companies take their operations to the next level,” said Kim Overstreet, director for the Emerging Brands Alliance. “Now more than ever, brands need support and adequate resources to keep up with the rapidly growing demands they are facing.”

People who register for the summit also get full access to PACK EXPO International, which is organized by PMMI, The Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies.

“The Emerging Brands Summit could not have come at a better time for our industry and PACK EXPO International offers the perfect platform to launch this critical program,” said Jim Pittas, PMMI’s president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to reunite the industry in Chicago for the first time in four years, and the Emerging Brands Summit is a great value-add as we continue to provide as many resources to the industry as possible.”

Those who register for the summit also are invited to display a product sample or prototype at the trade show’s nearby Product + Solution Showcase. They also receive free access to Braindate, the trade show’s online meeting platform for scheduling in-person conversations with other industry professionals in attendance.

More information and registration details regarding the Emerging Brands Summit is available online through PMMI.