PROCESS EXPO represents the pinnacle of food technology.
Many exhibitors on the PROCESS EXPO show floor opted to display some of the many pounds of food they had collected as a part of FPSA’s Defeat Hunger program. FPSA invited all its members to collect canned and boxed food to donate before and during the show. In 2003, the donations from the Defeat Hunger campaign were able to provide more than 240,000 meals to the people of Cook County. This year, the campaign raised enough to provide more than 325,000 meals – 25,000 more than the goal they set for themselves this year.
Once again, the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository for the Defeat Hunger campaign. The campaign kicked off in early April and ran through the last day of the show. The 2015 campaign was launched with a $75,000 donation by the FPSA Foundation, and encouraged suppliers and visitors to the show to make food or monetary donations to the campaign. The FPSA booth featured a food display to remind attendees of the effort.
Each day of PROCESS EXPO show goers had the opportunity to view, and sample, cooking demonstrations led by a Chicago area chef. The recipes featured meat and bakery dishes. Each day’s demonstrations were sponsored by different industry councils – the Prepared Foods Council, the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance and the Bakery Council.
The Shannon Rovers Pipe Band of Chicago helped to kick of this year’s 2015 PROCESS EXPO show Tuesday morning. The quartet of pipers made an entrance marching into McCormick Place with the sound of their pipes and drums echoing throughout the halls. The quilt-wearing pipers are a tradition at the kickoff of the biennial Chicago show. After the pipers made their entrance, Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) chairman, Gil Williams kicked off the show and cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the trade show floor.
With more than 3,000 sq. ft. of exhibiting space and more than 1,000 companies exhibiting at McCormick Place during PROCESS EXPO, the International Dairy Show and InterBev Process, Sept. 15-18, there was plenty of business to be done. Visitors had the opportunity to log plenty of miles walking around the North and East halls of McCormick Place while visiting all the processors at the show.
Product locator kiosks were sprinkled throughout the show floors in the North and East halls to assist visitors in finding products and suppliers they were looking for. The show also featured a mobile app to provide users with up-to-date information on education sessions, exhibits, receptions and show floor activities.
Show attendees were given free access to more than 40 hours of education sessions at PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY. Classrooms on the trade show floor offered educational programming on topics ranging from auditing to fresh sausage production, shelf-life stability to food allergen control. The free sessions were led by experts from Iowa State Univ., Kansas State Univ., Texas A&M, Ohio State Univ. and the Univ. of Wisconsin.