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


Day 3

Bakery Line

The 2017 PROCESS EXPO features several live production lines, including a full production and packaging line for frozen bulk cookies taking place in Booth 3019. Attendees can observe each step of the production process from beginning to end at this year’s event during demonstrations that run three times daily during PROCESS EXPO, at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

The following exhibitors are participating in the bakery production line: CMC America Corp. – Dough Mixer; Handtmann, Inc. – Dough Former/Depositor; Praxair, Inc. – Nitrogen Tunnel Freezer; Intralox – Conveyor Belt; Mettler Toledo –Metal Detector; and System Technology Inc – Case Erector/Bag Inserter/ Powered Roller Conveyor/ Case Shaker/Check Weigher.

The FPSA Bakery Council has been working diligently for months, to put together a line that will help food processors visualize how best to produce and package a frozen bulk cookie line. This exhibit not only allows attendees to see how the cookies are made, but also to interact with the experts about each link in the supply chain as it is happening and how it might they might incorporate into their businesses. Don’t miss one of today’s demonstrations.

Defeat Hunger Press Conference

Join the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) for the DEFEAT HUNGER Press Conference today at 1:00pm in McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse to announce the final tally of the financial and product donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The DEFEAT HUNGER campaign which is scheduled to run through the last day of PROCESS EXPO, September 21st at Chicago’s McCormick Place was launched in late March with a $75,000 commitment from the FPSA Foundation, and has garnered a significant amount of attention from FPSA supporters with the goal of addressing food insecurity in Cook County through FPSA’s collaboration with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

One in six Cook County residents are food insecure. FPSA members have decided that this is unacceptable. Through food and monetary donations, the FPSA Foundation’s goal is to raise enough for 400,000 meals for the men, women, and children of Cook County. Visit fpsa.org/Defeat-Hunger to learn how to donate to this worthwhile cause.

Young Professionals Group Career Roundtables

Young professionals and students in attendance at PROCESS EXPO are invited to take part in informal networking roundtables that will take place on Friday, September 22 at 9:30 am–10:30 am in Educational Theater II (Booth 3328) on the show floor. This event is sponsored by FPSA’s Young Professionals Group (YPG), members of which will be on hand to share their experiences and insight, garnered over the past ten years within the food and beverage industry.

This unique networking opportunity is designed to identify prospective mentors for students and other young professionals; help these students get a clearer vision of potential career paths and better understand the opportunities and potential pitfalls in this dynamic industry. Students will learn how these professionals broke into the industry, cultivated their network and how they have progressed since that first job out of college.

All students, regardless of their major field are invited to participate in the YPG Career Roundtables. For more information on this event, please inquire with Dolores Alonso at the FPSA Membership Booth (Booth 4028).

Two Members Celebrate 100-year Anniversary

Two PROCESS EXPO exhibitors are celebrating their 100 Year Anniversary of Membership in the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA). Although SPX Flow (Booth 812) and G.J. Olney (Booth 1022) operate in separate segments of the industry and have vastly different product lines and histories, both companies recognized the importance of association membership and have held leadership roles in the associations that would eventually evolve and merge into FPSA in 2006.

In 1915, “The Olney Mixer” became the company’s first patented invention for scientific preparation of vegetables for the Filling Machine. The unit measured proportionately corn, beans, and syrup while also mixing and preheating the mixture. In 1920, the Olney Washer was added to the product line and soon after there would be other improvements, ideas and operations would continue to grow. Today, Olney equipment is used in processing lines in such diverse areas as Japan, New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Russian, Australia, England, South America, South Africa, as well as throughout the U.S. and Canada. Products processed with this equipment includes such items as peas, beans, corn, lima beans, dry beans, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and various other vegetables. Don’t forget to stop by their booth and congratulate them on their longevity.

While G.J. Olney was building the foundation of its business in the vegetable industry, Cherry-Burrell, which would ultimately become SPX FLOW, was busy developing cutting edge technology for the dairy industry. Thanks to a century of hard work and innovation, the company has improved the quality and flow of dairy products to the point that SPX FLOW’s Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brand is one of today’s leaders in the global food processing industry.

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX FLOW is a global multi-industry manufacturing leader with approximately $2.5 billion in annual revenue, operations in more than 35 countries and over 8,000 employees. The company’s highly-specialized, engineered products and innovative technologies are helping to meet rising global demand for electricity and processed foods and beverages, particularly in emerging markets. Make sure you drop into Booth 812 to toast their anniversary.

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