PROCESS EXPO 2019 focuses on food safety, IIoT, cannabis edibles, augmented reality and more
The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), McLean, Va., surpassed exhibit space for PROCESS EXPO 2019, which takes place Oct. 8-11 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
“The show is really coming together at this point, including most of the bellwether suppliers to all segments of the food and beverage industry,” says David Seckman, president and CEO. “Our attendee base comes to PROCESS EXPO because they recognize that these suppliers provide the latest and most innovative technologies in food processing and packaging, and ultimately can help them be more successful in their businesses. From food safety to automation, new product development to cross pollination of technologies, food industry professionals come to PROCESS EXPO because they know that this is the event that draws the industry’s expertise.”
Other highlights of the show entail:
Food safety partnership. PROCESS EXPO renewed its partnership with the Food Safety Summit to develop a food safety track of educational sessions focusing on FSMA updates, HACCP training, listeria, traceability, environmental monitoring, food fraud, auditing, food allergen management, pest management and other issues impacting food and beverage processors, packaging professionals and equipment manufacturers.
Dairy Processing 101. This year, PROCESS EXPO will feature Dairy Processing 101, a dairy workshop, as well as a dairy production line sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of America, Kansas City, Kan. PROCESS EXPO teamed up with EAS Consulting Group, LLC, Alexandria, Va., to offer a comprehensive 2-day course for dairy processors, covering critical industry topics.
Innovation in packaging. Over 500 leading companies will offer the latest equipment in food and beverage processing and packaging, and many will be selected as finalists to present their technology in the Innovations Showcase and Awards Program. Winning products are selected based on innovative distinction from other products/equipment currently available in the food processing industry; benefits to the food and 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.
Live demonstrations. Live demonstrations of a pizza line will take place three times daily to show attendees the entire process from creation of the crust, through depositing of sauces and toppings and packaging of the finished product. Live demonstrations of pet food processing will highlight the production process, beginning with a frozen block grinder, before moving the product on to the mixer for further size reduction. From here, the product will move on to the stuffer and then the kibbler, where attendees will see the final product take shape. Live demonstrations of a beef patty line will take place three times daily to show attendees the entire process beginning with the introduction of raw beef into the grinder, passing through formation of the patties, interleaving and stacking of the patties, denesting of the packages and flex loading into sealed packages of four patties.
Honors program recognizes women. FPSA’s Women’s Alliance Network launched the Red Circle Honors program to recognize women and companies that have had a positive impact on women’s careers and gender balance in the food and beverage industry.
Education sessions. PROCESS EXPO University will cover everything from high-pressure processing, hygienic design and food safety tips for produce processors to Industry 4.0, working with cannabis edibles and more.
For more information and to register online, visit www.myprocessexpo.com. And, visit Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ booth 512.