Process Expo, dairy show draws record attendance
by Meat&Poultry Staff
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MCLEAN, Va. – Process Expo and the International Dairy Show recorded 19,155 registrants to Chicago's McCormick Place, a record high, according to organizers of the co-located trade show.
Both events were held Nov. 3-6 and included 829 exhibitors occupying 314,600 sq. ft. of space. The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) hosted the show.
“We are proud of the tremendous growth that we experienced at this year’s show and how the food and beverage industry has enthusiastically embraced our co-location with the International Dairy Show,” said David Seckman, president and CEO of FPSA. "We have grown our customer audience by 25 percent, quadrupled the number of VIP companies, and increased our international attendee audience by 40 percent.”
Both associations agreed to continue to co-locate Process Expo and the International Dairy Show. The next show is scheduled for Sept. 15-18, 2015, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The associations have reported strong sales to their exhibitors.
“IDFA is thrilled with the continued support from our members, exhibitors and attendees from around the world,” said Connie Tipton, President and CEO of IDFA. “The co-location has enhanced and expanded the Dairy Show without sacrificing the dairy focus that is so important to all of our stakeholders. We are delighted to report a 50 percent increase in our buyer attendance this year while increasing exhibit space by more than 20 percent.”