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


Industry Perspectives

LED light for food processing facility

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this interview series so far, delving into everything from thermal processing equipment to maintenance management software, and from how to find engineering talent to how to build great processor-supplier relationships. One area we haven’t explored yet is the physical environment in which the equipment, software, and people operate […]

Califia Farms unsweetened beverages

What does it take to be successful in today’s ever-changing food market? According to Greg Steltenpohl, co-founder and CEO of Califia Farms, you need an innovation mindset, collaborative and reciprocal relationships with trusted suppliers, and the willingness to really listen to your customers when they tell you what they want. Next month at FPSA’s 2018 […]

Maintenance technician with mobile device

The answer to almost every challenge facing the food industry these days has to do with technology. Need to boost productivity? Implement continuous systems. Improve food safety? Automate your production lines. Cut labor costs? Hire robots. These are all part of a much larger change known as the digital transformation. From plant floor operations to […]

Beer manufacturing equipment

Food processors must balance many priorities. Unfortunately, those priorities often compete. For example, most processors put maximizing productivity and uptime at the top of the list. At the same time, operations like cleaning and sanitation require systems to be shut down. Proper cleaning and sanitizing are vital for ensuring food safety and preventing recalls. However, […]

UIC Engineering Day

Recruiting the next generation of workers is one of the biggest challenges facing the food industry today. Processors, packagers, OEMs — companies across the board are struggling to deal with a talent shortage as more of the workforce retires, and as tech companies with glitzy offices and outrageous perks compete for the same crop of […]

Water bottles in beverage manufacturing plant

For food and beverage manufacturers facing tight profit margins, there’s nothing worse than unplanned downtime. Except perhaps a recall. Or discovering that your warehouse is full of unusable products because of a contamination issue that wasn’t identified early enough. Fortunately, technologies are available today that can help companies avoid all of these situations. And at […]

Fruits in plastic crates at grocery store

With the constant population growth, the food processing industry is always striving to respond to increase in demand, for both quality and quantity. Customers are pushing for fresher, healthier products, while hygiene and sanitation need to meet the highest standards. Regulatory agencies are requiring more stringent food safety measures, for example, through the Food Safety […]