Neil Farmer, Owner, Neil Farmer Associates
Neil Farmer is founder/owner of Neil Farmer Associates, an international marketing, market research and business development consultancy. Established in 2001 the company provides expertise, knowledge, analysis and information in all packaging technologies on a global basis. Particular areas of speciality include packaging for food and drink and other fast moving consumer goods, flexible packaging, rigid plastics, bioplastics, luxury packaging, folding cartons, corrugated packaging, food contact packaging, glass containers, closures, labels, metal packaging, packaging machinery, and active and intelligent packaging. Expertise also includes all print processes including litho, flexo, gravure, screen and digital printing.
Neil has over 40 years experience in the international packaging industry and was a director of several leading publicly quoted packaging companies, including Jarvis Porter, Ferry Pickering and Metal Closures Group, prior to setting up his consultancy. Neil Farmer Associates` clients include leading private and public equity firms, international management consultancies, international research organisations and multinational packaging groups including Amcor Group, Silgan Group, Grupo Lantero and other leading European based operations.
Neil has a B.Sc Economics degree, a Diploma in Marketing, and a post graduate Business Studies degree. He is a previous Chairman and Trustee of The Institute of Packaging, a Fellow of the Institute of Packaging /Packaging Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a Fellow of the Institute of Paper, Printing and Publishing. Neil is a Freeman of the City of London and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. He is also a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist and an Accredited Packaging Professional.
Neil is a regular writer of many techno-economic reports and articles on packaging. He is a speaker at many international packaging conferences and seminars, most recently at Packaging Innovations, London and Birmingham. He is the author and editor of the book Trends in Packaging of Food, Beverages and other Fast Moving Consumer Goods, published by Elsevier. He is also the author of the chapter on Packaging and Marketing in Packaging Technology Fundamentals, Materials and Processes, published by Elsevier. He is the author of techno-economic reports on Bioplastics, Luxury Packaging and Corrugated Packaging, published in 2019 by Innova Market Insights, a leading international publisher. He is also the author of the report on Disruptive Technologies in Food Contact Packaging to 2020, published by Smithers-Pira.
Neil is an enthusiastic marathon runner. He has competed in 300 marathon and half marathon races around the world, including London (3 times), Amsterdam and Los Angeles, raising money for many charities in the process.