The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), the McLean, Va.-based producer of the PROCESS EXPO shows, signed an agreement with Messe Frankfurt, the owner of the IFFA tradeshow, in support of both organizations' tradeshow events. This is the third agreement that FPSA has signed in recent years following comparable accords with Messe Dusseldorf (interpack) and Messe Nurnberg (Beviale). By partnering with these world-class organizations, PROCESS EXPO strengthens its ability to meet and service the needs of show attendees and exhibitors in the food processing and packaging arena.

"PROCESS EXPO 2017 will benefit greatly from this agreement thanks in large part to promotion from Messe Frankfurt's offices, not just in Germany and the rest of Europe, but also Asia and the Middle East," says Tom Kittle, chairman of FPSA and president of Handtmann Inc and Handtmann Canada Ltd. "This cooperation with IFFA correlates exceptionally well with existing agreements with our Dusseldorf and Nurnberg partners, and further solidifies PROCESS EXPO's position as North America's largest food and beverage processing and packaging event.

"These agreements highlight PROCESS EXPO's strength as a horizontal tradeshow event covering all segments of the food and beverage industry," adds Bill McPhail, chairman of the FPSA Show Committee and president of MAX Engineering. "By bringing in partners that are strong in non-competing segments, we strengthen the overall event by greatly enhancing the opportunities for cross pollination of technology and ideas. This benefits not just the show, but also our exhibitors and attendee base, as they are exposed to innovations and solutions they cannot find at another event."

"This new strategic partnership between IFFA and PROCESS EXPO adds tremendous value and benefits for show attendees at both tradeshows,” says David Seckman, president and CEO of FPSA. “The newly combined additional resources from both organizations will result in attendees being able to attend increased and more extensive educational sessions, special events/receptions and networking opportunities as well as seeing more international exhibitors."

PROCESS EXPO 2017 will take place Sept. 19-22, 2017 at Chicago's McCormick Place.