2023 Packaging Trends Talk - Esko

2023 Packaging Trends Talk

16th February 2023

3pm CET / 9am ET

Esko is pleased to invite all packaging professionals to participate in the 2023 Packaging Trends Talk. The Trends Talk, featuring insights from Esko’s most recent ebook, 2023 Packaging Trends, will take place on February 16, 2023. Hear industry experts discuss recent market trends and new industry best practices. Learn the challenges and bottlenecks associated with managing packaging megatrends including sustainability and digitization.

If you haven't gotten the ebook yet, download it now!

Participants will be empowered to embrace opportunities for advancing sustainability, maximizing the use of technology, streamlining supply chain operations, and incorporating trending packaging design practices.

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Esko Presents Its Perspectives on 2023’s Packaging Trends

A summary of the just released 2023 Esko packaging trends providing an overview of the mega trends and insights gathered from a survey of 300+ packaging professional respondents.

Speaker: Jan De Roeck – Esko Industry Relations & Strategy Director

Serving Tomorrow’s Consumer: Insights for the Packaging Industry

What do consumers value most, sustainability, convenience or affordability? Or do they want it all? And how does the current economic climate impact their hierarchy of needs? Finally, what opportunities and challenges await the packaging industry?

Speaker: Gino Van Ossel – Professor of Marketing, Vlerick Business School

What does 2023 look like for the European Label Industry?

Listen to Jules Lejeune, Managing Director at the FINAT as he shares his perspectives on the trends and developments that will impact the label Industry in Europe.

Speaker: Jules Lejeune – Managing Director, FINAT - the European association for the self-adhesive label industry

How to Respond to 2023 Packaging Trends – Panel Discussion

A panel of experts answer your questions with best practices approaches to meeting the new trends of 2023. They will discuss:

  • The ins and outs of packaging megatrends, including sustainability and digitization, and how to set realistic growth objectives
  • How to build efficient and cost-effective processes to meet future challenges and opportunities
  • The tools and systems they use or intend to adopt to meet their short- and long-term goals

Moderator: Jan De Roeck – Director of Industry Relations & Strategy, Esko


  • Gino Van Ossel, Professor of Marketing at Vlerick Business School
  • Torsten Ilse, Global Graphics Director at Mars
  • Jules Lejeune, Managing Director FINAT
  • Nicole Karamallakis, Customer and Consumer Insight Specialist at Printpack

About the Speakers

Gino Van Ossel

Vlerick Business School

Professor of Marketing

Gino is one of Europe's leading experts in retail management and trade marketing. Audiences in over 25 countries spread over 4 continents, have enjoyed his entertaining presentations on shopper behaviour, retail strategy and e-commerce. Gino is Master in General Management (Vlerick), Applied Economics (Ghent University) and Germanic Philology (Ghent University). He started his career in the advertising department of Procter & Gamble.

Jules Lejeune

FINAT- the European association for the self-adhesive label industry

Managing Director

Jules Lejeune studied International Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. After his graduation in 1987, he started as economic analyst at a merchant bank in Amsterdam before joining Lejeune Association Management in 1990. In 2002 he took over the company from his father. He has held responsibility for several international associations within the labelling and packaging industry, including, since 1998, FINAT, the European association for the label industry with over 600 members in 50 countries.

Torsten Ilse


Global Graphics Director

After completing his studies at the Technical University of Karlsruhe and Southern Oregon State University, Torsten Ilse started as an IT & Business Analyst at Mars Germany in 1997. He served in various positions over the following years as IT Project Manager for Data Warehousing, Global Program Management for ERP & Corporate Systems and Senior Manager for IT Procurement & Offshore Services. Torsten Ilse has been managing the Packaging Graphics & Compliance area for Europe at Mars Inc. since 2013 and took on the role as Global Head Artwork Commercialization & Packaging Compliance in 2019 and Global Graphics Director in 2022.

Nicole Karamallakis


Customer and Consumer Insight Specialist

Nicole Karamallakis is a Consumer & Packaging Insight Specialist at Printpack, an industry leader in flexible and specialty rigid packaging. In this role, she monitors consumer trends and package preferences to drive innovation and product development activities. Previously at Printpack, Nicole was a Sales Representative where she worked with various customers including General Mills, supporting Blue Buffalo and other brands. She earned her bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Georgia.

Jan De Roeck


Director Industry Relations & Strategy

Jan De Roeck is highly respected and trusted for his insight in the graphic arts industry and his level of understanding of customer workflows and market requirements. He is a frequently asked speaker at industry events and represents Esko at different professional trade associations.