PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies and owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of tradeshows, Koelnmesse and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) joined forces to launch ProFood Tech, a new event that will focus on processing and production technologies serving the food and beverage industry. ProFood Tech will make its debut April 4-6, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

PMMI, Reston, Va., represents North American manufacturers of equipment, components and materials for processing and packaging. Koelnmesse, Chicago, organizes world-leading tradeshows for the food and beverage industries as well as for the food and beverage processing industries, such as Anuga and Anuga Food Tec in Cologne, Germany. IDFA, Washington, D.C., is said to be North America’s largest dairy association, representing more than 85% of all North American dairy processing.

"In assessing the current tradeshow landscape, we saw there was a need for a dedicated event that brings buyers together with leading worldwide manufacturers in the food and beverage industry,” says Charles Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI. “ProFood Tech provides a venue to share the latest innovations and crossover technologies from multiple vertical markets within the food and beverage industry, and will be that one-stop-shop featuring exhibits from both large companies that serve several customer segments and smaller niche companies with focus on more specific needs.”

ProFood Tech will provide a wide perspective on the food and beverage processing industry as a whole and feature cutting-edge solutions to the challenges the industry is facing everyday on the plant floor.

More than a tradeshow, ProFood Tech also provides both large and small suppliers the opportunity to build their businesses by breaking into new food and beverage markets, cementing their status as industry leaders and reaching a large group of customers at one event. 

“In a close dialogue with leading technology suppliers from around the globe, we aim to create a market platform in the United States that is tailored to the requirements of domestic and foreign exhibitors and visitors,” says Gerald Böse, president and CEO of Koelnmesse. “Over a period of decades, Koelnmesse has established an excellent reputation worldwide as a tradeshow organizer, especially in the field of food products and food technology. Examples include the leading international trade fair Anuga, the world's biggest and most important tradeshow for the food industry, as well as related spin-offs around the world. Pro Food Tech marks a further logical step in Koelnmesse’s strategy aimed at offering expert support to our customers in various target markets in our role as a global service provider.”

With an expansive show floor and enhanced educational programming led by IDFA, ProFood Tech will attract high-level buyers from every food and beverage sector.

“The opportunities for new ideas and breakthrough solutions are amazing when executives from related businesses come together to discuss, review and experience  the innovations, products and services available today, " says Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. “IDFA is proud to partner with these tradeshow leaders and to continue our tradition of bringing industry suppliers, processors and manufacturers together, so they can find profitable business solutions, discover new technologies and see the innovations that are abundant in our industry.”

ProFood Tech will combine the unrivaled experience and recognition of PACK EXPO, Anuga and IDFA in one event that addresses all of the issues facing food and beverage processing operations in the North American marketplace like sustainability, improved operations and food safety. 

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