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World-class education awaits attendees at first ProFood Tech

The ProFood Tech Learning Hub features free Innovation Stage and Regulatory Matters sessions. IDFA leads a strong conference program and pre-conference workshops.

Registering for the inaugural ProFood Tech, scheduled for April. 4–6, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, means more than access to the comprehensive food and beverage show. Powered by PACK EXPO, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), ProFood Tech is a biennial show that brings the industry together and addresses the key issues facing food and beverage processing operators in North America.

The new show features robust educational programming. The ProFood Tech Learning Hub features free Innovation Stage and Regulatory Matters sessions. IDFA is leading a strong conference program and pre-conference workshops.

Each thirty-minute Innovation Stage session at ProFood Tech focuses on fresh looks at breakthrough technologies, innovative applications and proven techniques. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts on topics such as hygienic operations, improving sustainability, advanced spray technologies and using robotic automation to fill labor shortage.

Additionally, as part of the ProFood Tech Learning Hub, ProFood Tech will feature Regulatory Matters where expert speakers will present on key issues such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), recall avoidance, combustible dust regulations and much more. These complimentary 30-minute sessions will present an opportunity to discuss key regulatory challenges with experts and peers following each session.

The ProFood Tech Conference Program offers a wide-range of educational experiences. Each day starts with a keynote address by an influential leader, followed by a wide selection of concurrent sessions. Several sessions feature groundbreaking research about consumers, the impact of developing innovative products and how consumers influence product development. The Master series features discussions about current product trends, and Tech Talk sessions present new ways to improve efficiency and operations.

Committed to providing food and beverage processors opportunities to acquire new information about consumers and what they want; the ProFood Tech Conference Program features an entire track of sessions devoted specifically to consumer trends and marketing.

Pricing for the conference program is as follows:

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IDFA is also presenting Pre-Conference Workshops that vary from one to three days in length. These workshops include Better Process Cheese School from April 2–3, FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course from April 2–4 and Recall Ready? Managing Recalls and Protecting Your Brand Workshop on April 3. Times and registration prices vary for the pre-conference. Visit ProFood Tech for more information. 
 
If you are interested in hands-on training to improve equipment and plant safety through the risk assessment process, plan to attend the PMMI U risk assessment workshop just prior to ProFood Tech (April 2–3). PMMI U’s risk assessment workshops address topics from legal implications to global standards. Visit www.pmmi.org/education for more information on risk assessment workshops and other PMMI U offerings.
 
Registration for ProFood Tech is $30 for a limited time. The price will increase to an on-site fee of $100. To register online or for more information about the show and its robust educational offerings visit www.profoodtech.com.
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