October 8–11, 2019    McCormick Place    Chicago, IL USA    Pure Processing. Proven Results.


Networking Events

Meeting face-to-face builds solid business relationships.

Powerful Partnerships.

PROCESS EXPO 2017 offers a variety of networking opportunities to foster connections with our show guests. Whether it’s your first time attending PROCESS EXPO or you’re a returning guest who’s looking for new strategies and trends to integrate into your business, the following networking activities will help you connect with your peers in a social and meaningful way.

NEW! FPSA Women’s Council

Join FPSA’s new professional women’s group for a breakfast and networking during PROCESS EXPO. All women involved in food and beverage processing are invited to network during meet-ups and at a special breakfast, as well as through the online LinkedIn group.

The leadership breakfast is from 7:30–9:00AM on Thursday, September 21 and includes a guest speaker and opportunities to learn how you can boost your career and increase the number of women involved in all aspects of our industry. All female professionals at PROCESS EXPO are invited! Pre-registration is required for this complimentary event. Register today.

View the schedule to join the meet ups in the lounges.

Visit fpsa.org for more information about the program and to join the group.

Welcome Reception

Start the conference off with a fun networking event. The Welcome Reception will take place on Tuesday, September 19, in the North Hall Foyer and will feature a number of sponsored bars as well as music.

NEW! Executive Forum 

On Wednesday September 20, we will hold the PROCESS EXPO Executive Forum. This invitation-only program will provide C-level food processing executives the opportunity to address a number of topics with industry experts and fellow CEOs. This program will run from 10am to 2pm and include a working lunch. Read more details about speakers and sign up to attend.

IFFA Reception

Join your colleagues on Wednesday, September 20, for the IFFA Reception in the Beer Garden. This reception is to formally welcome the IFFA/Messe Frankfurt officials attending PROCESS EXPO. Meat industry professionals will be especially interested in connecting with our international partners. Enjoy the sounds of a Bavarian Oompha band and more!

NEW! Feeding the Hopper

Stop by Booth 3816 to see what we’ll be feeding the hopper: 20-minute presentations and discussions on industry news and trends in a casual setting.

NEW! First-Timers Orientation

Never been to PROCESS EXPO, or want a refresher on what’s happening on site? Learn how you can make the most of your visit to the show with strategies on how to navigate the floor and what not to miss. Join us on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 and 20, at 10:00AM and 2:00PM to hear about the show highlights, meet ambassadors, take a brief tour, grab some refreshments, and take home a PROCESS EXPO keepsake.

Beer Garden and Chicago Food Sampler

Come hang out in the Beer Garden to chat casually with friends and new business associates. The Beer Garden is open from 3:00PM–5:00PM. During the day, come by to sample delicious treats and meet new friends. Samples provided by Garrett’s Popcorn, Chicago Dogs and Italian Beef, and Lou Mainati’s (Chicago Pizza). Join an ice cream social in the Dairy Zone on Dairy Day.

Innovations Showcase

Back by popular demand! Looking for new products, technology, or equipment? Head over to the Innovations Showcase on the show floor to learn about the latest offerings and meet possible new business partners. Read more.

NEW! Refresh and Recharge Lounges 

Designated areas on the show floor to facilitate networking. Jump start your devices and connections in one place. We’ll be scheduling 30-minute niche meet-ups in the R&R Lounges including young professionals, women’s leadership, international guests, first-timers, and more! See the schedule for specific groups who will be meeting and join anyone you want.

Watch a short video about the networking opportunities at PROCESS EXPO.