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The ProFood Tech Learning Hub offers free educational opportunities to attendees.

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Registering for the inaugural ProFood Tech (April 4–6, 2017; McCormick Place, Chicago) offers top-notch educational opportunities, in addition to access to the most comprehensive food and beverage show in North America. Powered by three of the world’s trade show leaders – PACK EXPO, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) – this biennial show is unprecedented in its ability to bring the industry together and address the key issues facing food and beverage processing operators.

Featuring robust educational programming, ProFood Tech attendees can take advantage of the offerings within the ProFood Tech Learning Hub. The Learning Hub will feature free, 30-minute educational sessions at the Innovation Stage and the all-new Regulatory Matters stage.

Each Innovation Stage session at ProFood Tech highlights breakthrough technologies, ground-breaking applications and proven techniques for addressing pressing industry challenges. Attendees 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.

ProFood Tech’s Regulatory Matters stage features presentations by industry experts on topics such as communicating during a food safety crisis, deconstructing Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, combustible dust mitigation in food manufacturing, and constructing a FSMA food safety plan. A roundtable discussion will follow each session, giving attendees the opportunity to share ideas and best practices on these critical topics with peers.

“In the ever-changing food and beverage processing industry, staying abreast of key trends and technologies is critical to success. The ProFood Tech Learning Hub is an important extension of the show floor,” said Jim Pittas, senior vice president, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. “It offers attendees a space to hone-in on key regulatory challenges with industry experts and peers through the Regulatory Matters stage and explore unique solutions at the Innovation Stage.”

Also at the ProFood Tech Learning Hub will be the Manufacturing Innovation Awards (Tuesday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.), as well as the Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards (Wednesday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m.).

In addition, the ProFood Tech Conference Program, produced by IDFA, will offer a wide range of educational experiences covering issues such as: regulations and food safety, consumer trends and marketing, food processing advances and technology, business and leadership development and health and lifestyle. The conference will kick-off with a keynote address by five-time National Football League (NFL) MVP Peyton Manning on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 a.m.

Registration for ProFood Tech is $30 until March 17 when the price increases to $100. To register online, visit


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 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. 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 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.

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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