ProFoodTech debuts in Chicago

by Kimberlie Clyma
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McCormick Place will host ProFood Tech in Chicago.
 
The inaugural ProFood Tech is set for April 4-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Powered by Pack Expo, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), this new biennial show’s goal is to bring the food and beverage industry together and address the key issues facing food and beverage processing operators in North America. Show organizers are inviting all food and beverage sectors, including baking and snack, beverage, frozen/prepared foods, dairy and meat/poultry/seafood.

The three-day show will feature 6,000 processing professionals, more than 400 industry suppliers, 150,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit floor and 45 hours of educational programming.

ProFood Tech was developed with the input of an industry advisory council – featuring representatives from Tetra Pak, Delkor, Krones, Chr. Hansen, Serac, Azo, Harpak and Deville Technologies.

“The North American market has been underserved when it comes to food and beverage processing events,” said Chuck Yuska, CEO and president of Pack Expo producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. “ProFood Tech brings the collective resources of three of the world’s top show producers – Pack Expo, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association – to ensure that is no longer the case.”

 Pro Food Tech
 
Educational opportunities include a conference program offered throughout the show covering a variety of topics including regulatory compliance, food safety, consumer trends and leadership development. The conference program requires a separate fee outside of the trade show cost. Each day starts with a keynote address, followed by a wide selection of concurrent sessions. The keynote address for the opening session on Tuesday, April 4 will be presented by five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning. Several sessions feature groundbreaking research about consumers, the impact of developing innovative products and how consumers influence product development. The Master series features provocative discussions about current product trends and Tech Talk sessions present new ways to improve efficiency and operations.

The conference costs $750 for the full conference and $325 for a one-day pass (prices will increase on site).

ProFood Tech will also offer attendees the chance to visit the Innovation Stage, which will feature 30-minute seminars by experts on the show floor throughout each day. The Innovation Stage sessions are free to all attendees.

Registration for ProFood Tech (trade show only) is $30 for a limited time. The price will increase to an on-site fee of $100. For more information, or to register, visit www.profoodtech.com.
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