ProFood Tech Registrants Gain Complementary Access to ProMat and Automate Expos

Reston, Va.; Jan. 25, 2017 — Thanks to a cooperation agreement with the event organizers, registration for the inaugural ProFood Tech (April 4–6, 2017) also includes admission to both the ProMat and Automate events being held April 3–6 at McCormick Place, Chicago.

ProFood Tech is the most comprehensive food and beverage show in North America, transcending market sectors and showcasing cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions. It will include 6,000 processing professionals, 400-plus of the world’s top suppliers, 150,000 net square feet of exhibit floor and 45 hours of blockbuster educational programming. The show will be held in the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place.

The ProMat and Automate events are located nearby in the North and South Halls of McCormick Place. ProMat is sponsored by MHI, an international trade association representing the material handling and logistics industry. ProMat is North and South America’s premier material handling expo focusing on manufacturing and supply chain solutions and attracts over 40,000 attendees. ProMat offers over 900 exhibits and over 100 complimentary educational sessions. ProMat and Automate 2017 will total over 1,200 exhibits.

Automate is North America’s largest automation show, organized by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), it showcases innovations and technologies in automation (including robotics, vision & imaging, motion control, metrology and more) and attracts over 20,000 attendees.

The agreement between ProFood Tech, ProMat and Automate, allows attendees to gain access to all three events, providing perspective on the entire supply chain for food and beverage processing, as well as best practices from other industries.

“The agreement with ProMat and Automate opens up new opportunities for attendees to learn about critical solutions for food and beverage processors in the material handling and automation areas, providing significant benefits for attendees,” says Jim Pittas, senior vice president, PMMI.

ProMat and Automate attendees will also gain complimentary access to ProFood Tech. “With many of our attendees coming from the food and beverage sector, we are excited to offer this opportunity for them to experience solutions for the processing side of their operations in one location,” says Tom Carbott, senior vice president of Exhibitions, MHI.

“Automate is very excited to continue our partnership with ProMat and now PMMI, IDFA and Anuga with the launch of ProFood Tech. The combination of all three shows at McCormick Place at the same time is an incredibly effective way for attendees to maximize one trip to Chicago,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of the A3 and its Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – its vision and imaging group and Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA).

Registration for ProFood Tech is $30 until March 17 when the price increases to $100. Register online at Attendees wanting to attend ProMat and Automate simply visit a registration counter on-site at McCormick Place to complete a short registration form in order to receive their complimentary badge.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 750 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. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of processing and packaging to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech, launching in April 2017. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in processing and packaging year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and Packaging + Processing OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members' growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.

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About Koelnmesse
Koelnmesse is the number 1 trade-fair location for numerous industries. Visitors and exhibitors from all over the world come to Cologne in order to present the latest trends at the world’s sixth largest exhibition centre and do business worldwide. Every year, Koelnmesse organizes and conducts about 80 trade fairs, exhibitions, guest events and special events in Cologne and in the most important markets worldwide. Koelnmesse not only brings the world to Cologne, it also organizes international trade fair events outside the Cologne exhibition centre. It draws on Koelnmesse’s sector expertise to enter new markets within its fields of expertise in addition to the Cologne-based leading fairs, bringing events to selected target regions.

Koelnmesse is an international leader in organizing food fairs and events regarding food and beverages 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.

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About IDFA
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies within a $125-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's nearly 200 dairy processing members run nearly 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. Visit IDFA at

About MHI
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers and third-party logistics providers. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for their members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors the ProMat and MODEX expos to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA). RIA, AIA, and MCMA combined represent over 1,000 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more information, visit these websites: A3 - RIA - AIA - MCMA - Automate 2017 -

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