PROCESS EXPO has grown to be the largest 100% food- and beverage-focused tradeshow in North America. Plans to expand the show in 2013 include the addition of PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY—an unrivaled educational program that features academics from the top food science schools in the country.

“Education is a critical component of our event and a major reason why many attendees come to the tradeshow,” says David Seckman, president and CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), the McLean, Va.-based producer of the PROCESS EXPO shows. “When paired with the educational sessions of our co-location partners, the International Dairy Show and NAMA's Outlook Conference, there is not a single event out there that can match the level of education that processors will find at PROCESS EXPO. The expertise that they find in all of these sessions, along with that on the show floor, is a tangible benefit that they can bring back to their business to address important issues or create new business opportunities."

PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY’s prepared foods track will feature speakers from UC-Davis, University of Idaho-Boise, University of Tennessee and University of Nebraska.

Session topics include:

The Science of Diced Tomato Processing
FSMA Made Practical: Managing Compliance for New Regulation
Designing Safe Food Processes
Food Allergen Control Strategies
Tomato Paste Processing Short Course
Homogenization and High-Pressure Homogenization: From Food Safety to Nanotechnologies
The Application of Food Chemistry to Improvements in Food Processing
Use of Microbial Modeling for Risk Assessment of Processes
Deviation Extrusion Processing for Food and Feed Applications
FSMA Made Practical: Managing Preventive Controls Regulations in Potato Processing Operations

The packaging track will feature speakers from Michigan State University and Ohio State University, among others, and will cover critical topics such as: Packaging in the New Millennium – Parts I and II
Applications of Bio-Based Materials in Food Packaging
Defining Food Fraud and Choosing Countermeasures
Active Packaging Technologies
Labeling Claims and Basic Nutritional Labeling

All sessions will be held in one of four campuses—conveniently located on the show floor—and are free to all registered attendees. In between classes, attendees can connect with the more than 700 leading food processors and beverage manufacturers. In short, concerted efforts are being made to increase the value of the show to processors from all sectors of the food and beverage industry.

PROCESS EXPO attendees gain access to the world's leading food processing and packaging suppliers. They’ll find solutions that will help them more rapidly, efficiently, safely and successfully create and bring food products to market.

PROCESS EXPO will be held Nov. 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. To register and to see the full schedule for PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY, go to