Process Expo, the global food equipment and technology show, is excited to bring together businesses, thought leaders and innovators from across the industry spectrum to participate in three days of networking, education and engagement. This year’s event will be held from 23-25 October in the South Hall of the McCormick Place Convention Centre in Chicago, Illinois.
Bringing over 350 companies from 15+ countries, the 2023 edition of Process Expo promises a variety of new experiences for visitors, including expanded product discovery, interactive experiences, networking and education, and special features.
“We’ve put a lot of thought into creating unique opportunities for in-person interaction this year,” said Kristy Meade, VP of technical textiles and technology shows at Messe Frankfurt. “Everyone at the show will find an experience that fits their needs, whether it’s sourcing new suppliers and buyers, identifying new and emerging technologies or discussing the latest trends and topics with the brightest minds in the industry.”
Engage with live demonstrations
One of the highlights of the show this year will be the wide variety of live demonstrations on the show floor. This year, the show will be operating three separate live production lines that demonstrate the processes of producing and packaging bacon, empanadas and pet treats, allowing visitors to see new equipment and technology at work first-hand.
Andy Drennan, senior VP of FPSA, commented: “This collection of leading OEMs doesn’t just show food manufacturers how to produce and package these products in the most efficient way possible, by incorporating AI and advanced automation into these demonstrations, they’ll also be teaching the end user how best to take advantage of the data for even greater production”.
Visitors can also make their way to The Market, a new live experience on the show floor this year. The Market will host renowned artisanal butcher McCullough Kelly-Willis, founder and head instructor of the Chicago Meat Collective, as she demonstrates how to source, process and prepare popular cuts of meat. During this series of live demonstrations, she will discuss the benefits of whole-animal butchery, including methods for minimising kitchen waste, maximising flavour and locally sourced meat options.
Stay connected to industry peers and experts
Visitors can participate in a variety of networking events on and off the floor as well, including the FPSA Women’s Alliance Breakfast, Food for Thought sessions and the Career Development Center.
The FPSA Women’s Alliance Network Breakfast will be hosted on Tuesday 24 October, and will honour women who have made an outstanding impact in the food and beverage industry. The FPSA Network Meet-Ups will offer a fantastic opportunity for networking on the show floor.
Food for Thought will feature a three-day series of complimentary educational sessions that will take place on the show floor and focus on the latest trends and technologies that are pushing the industry forward. Topics include everything from workforce optimisation, next-generation design and automation, and the opportunities and effects of digital transformation. Both exhibitors and attendees can expect to gain valuable insight into workforce best practices and continuous improvement strategies for their respective businesses.
The Career Development Center will be located on the show floor as well and will offer visitors a chance to meet with and hear from industry professionals to learn tips and best practices for starting and accelerating a career path in the industry.
Celebrate industry innovators
This year, Process Expo will also be hosting the Innovation Awards, as well as the Bakery of the Year Award, to recognise companies that have made an outstanding impact in the industry.
The Innovation Awards are designed to honour exhibiting companies that have produced the most innovative technologies in their respective industries. The Innovation Awards winners will be announced on 23 October, and will be recognising companies in four different categories, including Best New Product, Best New Application, Best New Technology for Sustainability and Best New Technology for Automation. Attendees can explore the show floor to see these innovations on display and learn how these exhibitors are driving thought leadership and positively influencing their industries.
Each year, Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery select one outstanding bakery company to honour as the “Bakery of the Year” based on that company’s strong growth, new product capabilities, industry leadership and overall excellence. The 2023 “Bakery of the Year” recipient will be announced at the beginning of October, and the award presentation will be hosted at Process Expo 2023 on Wednesday, 25 October.
“We’ve created experiences that not only provide an opportunity for our visitors to see and engage with new products and innovations, but also network with, learn from, and celebrate leaders from across the industry,” added FPSA’s Drennan.
Online registration for the 2023 edition is open. An exhibit hall pass also grants visitors access to Best Practices 2023 Expo, co-located in the South Hall of McCormick Place, providing a two-shows-in-one experience.
For more details, visit the website at myprocessexpo.com.
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