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


Day 1

First Timers Program

With so much on display at PROCESS EXPO, it could be easy for first timers to the event to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are four welcoming orientations, Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20, 10:00 am10:30 am and 2:00 pm2:30 pm, with introductions from show leadership that will highlight all the resources available and help newcomers get a good start at the event. Show floor ambassadors will also be on hand to answer any questions and help maximize your time at PROCESS EXPO 2017 by going over a brief overview on the must-do activities and show highlights as well as logistics regarding the show App, shuttle buses, dinner reservations, and more. Attendees interested in joining the First Timers Program and Tour will meet in the North Hall Foyer at the entrance to PROCESS EXPO.

Networking is king and PROCESS EXPO encourages first timers to engage with their colleagues and take advantage of everything the show has to offer. Take a tour of the show floor to get a head start, join one of the scheduled meet-ups and network with other attendees and visit suppliers.

There are many new activities going on at this year’s PROCESS EXPO and the First Timers Program will introduce them to you and help you get your bearings on this busy show floor.

Virtual Reality Showroom

Don’t miss your chance to see the future of food processing technology TODAY. Make sure you schedule some time to visit the cutting edge Virtual Reality Showroom taking place in Booths 3422 and 3425 at this year’s PROCESS EXPO.

Virtual reality is the future of technology, for gaming, for education, and now for food processing. Attendees at this year’s PROCESS EXPO can experience state-of-the-art food processing and packaging equipment up close and in detail at the Virtual Reality Showroom. Multiple exhibitors have teamed up with ANT (Applying New Technologies) Automation utilizing augmented reality and mixed reality to create the VR platform that attendees explore onsite at the show.

Thanks to VR technology, not only can attendees see how the machine works and what it takes to operate them, they can safely get a look inside to see exactly how it operates and actually play with the “products” the equipment is making. Explore the entire process and even see the finished product. The companies who have a virtual reality exhibit at PROCESS EXPO are Admix, Avure Technologies, Fornisud, GROTE Company, JBT Corporation, Mettler-Toledo, Pick Heaters, Risco USA Corporation, and SPX Flow.

Innovations Showcase

One of the highlights of Day 1 at PROCESS EXPO is the Innovations Showcase Finals taking place at 3:30 pm. in the Innovations Showcase Theater (Booth 4624). The Finals caps a long campaign to identify the most innovative processing and packaging technologies in each of the major vertical market categories including Bakery/Grains/Seed/Snacks; Beverages; Confectionery/Candy/Sweets; Dairy; Meat/Poultry/Seafood; Prepared Foods; and Pet Foods.

At this entertaining and informative event, finalists will have just three minutes to pitch their technology to the PROCESS EXPO judges who will be rating each submission based on its innovative distinction from other products/equipment currently available in the food processing industry; provides benefit to the food/beverage industry, processor and/or consumer; disrupts the status quo to better serve the industry; provides practicality of implementation; and provides value to the customer.

One of the main reasons attendees visit PROCESS EXPO is to have access to the latest trending products and solutions. The Innovations Showcase speaks to this and makes it easier to identify the latest technology innovations to hit the marketplace. For attendees that can’t make it to the judging, there will be multimedia demonstrations in the Innovations Showcase Theater throughout the show and an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award via the show’s mobile app or on site.


This year’s PROCESS EXPO boasts its strongest educational program to date. Experts from industry and academia speak at PROCESS EXPO to address topics of critical concern to food and beverage industry professionals. Futuristic Design of Pet Food Facilities, Turning Waste Streams into Value Streams, Novel Processing Technologies, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) are just a few of the topics that will be covered in this year’s program.

Additionally, this year’s show includes a special food safety program put on by the experts at the Food Safety Summit. Each day will feature special food safety-focused topics taking place in the dedicated Food Safety Theater (Booth 2712).

For a more informal educational experience, join colleagues in the Feeding the Hopper sessions in the Refresh and Recharge lounge (Booth 3009). These shorter sessions will address important topics in a more interactive way, providing you the opportunity to dig down deep into the topics with the experts.

Check the program for these enlightening educational programs in the official Show Guide or mobile app for a complete listing of courses.

NOTE: Download the show app to ensure that you don’t miss out on the outstanding educational sessions, meet-ups and Feeding the Hopper sessions.