[ October 8–11, 2019    McCormick Place    Chicago, IL USA ]


Networking Events

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Meeting face-to-face builds solid business relationships.

PROCESS EXPO 2019 offers a variety of networking opportunities to foster connections with others in your community. 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. Updates and additional programs will be noted here in the coming months.

Orientation Meetings and Tours

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. Hear about the show highlights, meet ambassadors, and take a brief tour. Tours will be scheduled throughout the show and will focus on booths in the individual industry segments.

FPSA Women’s Alliance Network

Join FPSA’s professional women’s group at various events during PROCESS EXPO 2019. All women involved in food and beverage processing and packaging are invited to network during meet-ups and at a special complimentary breakfast, which will be held on Thursday, October 10 (pre-registration is required).

This year’s Women’s Alliance Breakfast keynote speaker is Suzanne Strassburger, the “First Lady of Meat” and CEO of Strassburger Steaks, a 150-year-old family-owned meat business. Suzanne is also the president of Suzy Sirloin, which offers all-natural, American-raised beef, pork, lamb, and veal used to create some of the finest delicacies in the world.

New this year, FPSA’s Women’s Alliance Network created the Red Circle Honors to recognize the achievements of women in the food and beverage industry. This year’s Red Circle Honorees include three women — an industry rising star; a woman who has brought innovation and inspiration to the industry; and a woman who has modeled career excellence as a leader, motivator, and mentor — and an FPSA member company that exhibits achievement in developing and promoting women.

Interested in joining the Women’s Alliance Network? Visit www.fpsa.org/fpsa-womens-alliance for more information.

Innovations Showcase

On Day 1 of PROCESS EXPO, head over to the Innovations Showcase Theater to hear contest finalists pitch their newest products, technology, or equipment and to vote for the People’s Choice Awards! Read more.

Meet Ups

We'll be scheduling 30-minute niche meet-ups including young professionals, women’s leadership, and professionals in food safety, packaging, and technology.

IFFA Reception

Join your colleagues 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!

Beer Garden and Chicago Food Sampler

Come hang out in the Beer Garden to chat casually with friends and new business associates. You can also sample delicious treats and meet new friends. More information to come.


This student-oriented section of the exhibit hall will feature information on the FPSA Job Board, an AMSA e-Poster Exhibition, and more. The Quad will also be the meeting point for student tours. Learn more.

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