ProFood Tech, the new food and beverage processing show produced by three of the world’s trade show leaders - PACK EXPO, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) - opened its show floor to attendees for the very first time this morning.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI, Jim Pittas, senior vice president, PMMI, Michael D. Dykes, President and CEO, IDFA and Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer, Koelnmesse GmbH, gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the most comprehensive food and beverage show in North America.


ProFood Tech attendees will experience cutting-edge technologies and innovative industry solutions showcased by more than 440 of the world’s top suppliers over 150,000 net square feet of exhibit floor.

“The North American market has been underserved when it comes to food and beverage processing events,” says Pittas. “Since announcing our plans for ProFood Tech over two years ago, we have worked tirelessly to identify and address the key issues keeping North American food and beverage processing operators up at night.”

ProFood Tech was developed with the input of a “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” advisory council: Tetra Pak, Delkor, Krones, Chr. Hansen, Serac, Azo, Harpak and Deville Technologies, to guide show producers in understanding the most critical trends and issues facing the industry. ProFood Tech caters exclusively to the food processing industry and allows attendees to exchange ideas with leading processing suppliers from both large companies that serve several market segments and smaller niche companies that focus on more specific needs.

Attendees will benefit from 45-plus hours of blockbuster educational programming.

The ProFood Tech Conference Program, presented by IDFA, offers a wide-range of educational experiences to engage, inform and inspire with a wide selection of sessions including groundbreaking consumer research and how consumer trends influence product development. The ProFood Tech Learning Hub, conveniently located on the show floor, offers free, 30-minute educational sessions at the Innovation- and the all-new Regulatory Matters stages. These sessions offer attendees and exhibitors a look at breakthrough technologies, innovative applications and proven techniques from industry experts. Opening day kicked off with an inspiring keynote address by five-time National Football League Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning.

The show floor is open April 4-6, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m., and is located in Lakeside Center, Level 3 in McCormick Place. Registration is available on-site.

The biennial ProFood Tech will open its show floor for the second time on March 26-28, 2019.

About the Producers of ProFood Tech

ProFood Tech is produced in partnership by PMMI, Koelnmesse and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 800 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. It works to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through leading trade media, as well as the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, – PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara.

Koelnmesse - Global Competence in Food and FoodTec: Koelnmesse is an international leader in organizing food fairs and events regarding food and beverage processing. Trade fairs such as the Anuga, ISM and Anuga FoodTec are established world leaders. Koelnmesse not only organizes food trade fairs in Cologne, Germany, but also in further growth markets around the globe, for example, in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Thailand, the United States and the United Arab Emirates, which have different focuses and contents. These global activities enable us to offer our customers a network of events, which in turn grant access to different markets and thus create a basis for sustainable and stable international business. The events regularly organized by Koelnmesse take place at different intervals and attract nearly 50,000 exhibiting companies from 123 countries, as well as around 3 million visitors from 209 countries.

IDFA represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers. The association’s nearly 200 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations that represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.

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