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IFT Food Expo and FPSA Process Expo to Co-Locate in 2010

June 1, 2009
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today announced a new agreement to co-locate the IFT Food Expo and FPSA Process Expo at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center beginning July 18-20, 2010. This brings together two premier events that will draw a range of food industry professionals interested in product development, processing, packaging, and the science of food.

Each year, the FPSA Process Expo draws approximately 10,000 food processing and packaging professionals during its three-day meeting while the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo welcomes more than 18,000 professionals working in the food science and technology fields. In 2010, the two events will be held on separate expo floors but will be in close proximity within McCormick Place Convention Center to expand offerings for those interested in food science, food technology, packaging, and processing.

“We are extremely pleased that we can generate new opportunities for both our exhibitors and show attendees,” said IFT executive vice president, Barbara Byrd Keenan. “Food industry professionals interested in attending Process Expo will have an additional compelling reason to attend the 2010 Annual Meeting & Food Expo, especially if their work is in the area of food engineering, processing, product development, packaging, quality assurance, or foodservice.”

The partnership provides a unique opportunity to expand food safety education across the food chain. Exhibitors at both Process Expo and Food Expo have a shared commitment to food safety, and the agreement will generate new opportunities to develop educational programming that will expand food safety education throughout the food chain. In addition, the combination of both expos creates an additional value for corporate teams with interests ranging from product development to production.

According to FPSA president, George Melnykovich, “This partnership unites the world’s leading suppliers with their customers in the food and beverage industry. The resulting dialog between the two will produce a greater experience for all food professionals at every level of the food value chain.”

For more information on these organizations, visit http://www.ift.org and www.fpsa.org.