September 19–22, 2017 • McCormick Place • Chicago, IL USA • Pure Processing. Proven Results.
The latest edition of PROCESS EXPO opened on Tuesday, September 19 to much fanfare. Boasting its largest registered audience ever, thousands of food and beverage professionals were drawn to the innovative exhibits, exceptional networking opportunities, a world-class educational program and some of the industry’s most unique show floor activities.
Day 2 promises even more highlights. Consult the Show Guide or the mobile app to see what else we have on tap such as the First Timers Program and Tour, Meat and Bakery Production Line Demonstrations, the Executive Forum, the Chicago Food Sampler, the HACCP Preventive Controls Certification course, PROCESS EXPO University sessions, our schedule of Meet-ups, Feeding the Hopper Sessions, and finally the IFFA Reception taking place the PROCESS EXPO Beer Garden.
With all these great features and events, PROCESS EXPO is truly not your father’s same old trade show!
PROCESS EXPO is always developing new ways to present the latest in manufacturing solutions for the food processing industry in a way that is exciting and informative for the attendees. This year, there will be several working production lines including two meat lines that will show attendees the entire process from beginning to final product. Watch the action right on the show floor as experts walk you through the whole production and answer any questions you might have.
This unique exhibit will feature a deli line incorporating stuffing, slicing and packaging and a second sausage link/hang line which will include a bowl cutter, mixing, stuffing, linking and hanging. The suppliers that signed up to participate in these two lines include: AmTrade Systems, Inc.; GEA North America; Handtmann, Inc.; JBT Corporation; Mimasa a PRIMEdge Inc. Company; RapidPak – Middleby Processing and Packaging; Poly-clip System; Viskase Companies, Inc.; and Textor, Inc.
FPSA’s Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance (MISA) has been instrumental in bringing the working production line concept to fruition, and this is the first time a collaboration of multiple suppliers will put together a working production line at a trade show. Demonstrations of the production lines will run three times a day at 10:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm and give food processors a chance to interact with the equipment manufacturers. Be sure to make time on your schedule to include these demonstrations.
Day 2 of PROCESS EXPO will feature the IFFA Reception, taking place in the Beer Garden where meat industry professionals can connect with PROCESS EXPO’s international partners. Make sure not to miss this event as it is a perfect chance to network, enjoy German beer, pretzels and sausages and enjoy the sounds of a Bavarian Oompah Band that will be performing at the reception.
The Food Processing Suppliers Association proudly signed an agreement of mutual cooperation with Messe Frankfurt, the owner of the world famous IFFA trade show, in support of both organizations’ trade show events. This is the latest agreement that FPSA has signed in recent years following comparable accords with organizers of similar prominent international trade fairs also representing the food and beverage industry. By partnering with these world class organizations, PROCESS EXPO strengthens its ability to meet and service the needs of show attendees and exhibitors in the food processing and packaging arena.
Also on the international front, PROCESS EXPO 2017 was selected to participate in the US Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program Select, and focused on bringing international attendees from Mexico, Columbia, Egypt, Russia, and the Southern Cone (Argentina and Chile), as well as many other markets for the 2017 event. This valuable program is a joint government-industry effort that increases U.S. export sales by promoting international attendance and recruiting pre-screened international buyers to U.S. trade shows.
The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) is honored to announce the launch of the FPSA Women’s Council, a new initiative to facilitate positive transformation for women in the food and beverage industry and to empower its members to achieve both professional and personal growth. The first event of the Council will be The Women’s Leadership Breakfast on Day 3 of PROCESS EXPO, Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 7:30 am–9:00 am at McCormick Place. All female professionals at PROCESS EXPO 2017 are invited to attend this free event.
The Women’s Leadership Breakfast will feature keynote speaker, Jane Grote Abell, Chairwoman of the Board for Donato’s Pizza and Jane’s Dough Foods. Jane Grote Abell is a founding family member of Donatos Pizza and serves as Chairwoman of the Board. Over the last four decades, Jane has held a variety of positions at both Donatos Pizza and Jane’s Dough Foods, including Chief Executive Officer. Jane will provide breakfast attendees with insights on how to achieve professional and personal success in the food and beverage processing and packaging industries.
The Women’s Leadership Breakfast is sponsored by Alfa Laval, Provisur Technologies, Poly-clip System, Weber, Inc., and Grote Company.
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