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About ProFood World
ProFood World meets informational needs of manufacturing, engineering, operation and supply chain/logistics executives in food and beverage manufacturing. Editorial content includes news, trends, products and technologies in food safety, automation, processing, packaging, material handling and sustainability for all market segments. ProFood World also supports the Processing Zone at our annual PACK EXPO trade shows.


Patrick Young, Publisher
Phone: 610-251-2579
Publisher Patrick Young has over three decades of leadership and media sales experience in the food manufacturing field. Prior to joining PMMI Media Group, he was with BNP Media for 15 years, most recently as Publisher of BNP's Food Engineering Network, which includes Food Engineering, Food Master, Refrigerated & Frozen Foods, and Food Engineering's Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference. His previous experience includes sales and sales management positions at McGraw-Hill's Healthcare Information Group and the Chilton Company.

Editorial Staff

Aaron Hand, Editor-in-Chief
Phone: 312-488-3392
Aaron Hand has three decades of experience in B-to-B publishing with a particular focus on technology. He has been with PMMI Media Group since 2013, much of that time as Executive Editor for Automation World, where he focused on continuous process industries. Prior to joining ProFood World full time in late 2020, Aaron worked as Editor at Large for PMMI Media Group, reporting for all publications on a wide variety of industry developments, including advancements in packaging for consumer products and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage processing, and industrial automation. He took over as Editor-in-Chief of ProFood World in 2021. Aaron holds a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

Joyce Fassl, Senior Executive Editor
Phone: 610-547-9814
Joyce Fassl is a well-known and respected journalist in the food and beverage field, where she has spent most of her 30+ year career. Before joining ProFood World in 2016 as Editor-in-Chief, she was Editor-in-Chief of Food Engineering magazine for nearly two decades. In 2021, after 35 years in the food manufacturing industry, Joyce scaled down her role as chief editor of ProFood World to become Senior Executive Editor of the publication. Today, she mainly focuses on writing plant profile articles, managing PFW's Manufacturing Innovation Awards and Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards, and curating content for Joyce's Voice e-newsletter. Joyce holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Penn State University.

Melissa Griffen, Contributing Editor

Phone: 312-222-1010

Melissa Griffen is a Contributing Editor for Healthcare Packaging and ProFood World Magazine where she covers advancements in digitalization, sustainability, food safety, and other topics. She was also a technical writer for Shotbox, a crafts startup company founded by the co-creator of Cricut. She graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in 2020.

PMMI Media Group Alignment

Jim Chrzan, VP of Content and Brand Development
Phone: 847-830-2915
Jim Chrzan's over 25 years of business media experience includes sales, communications, audience development and executive management positions. As PMMI Media Group’s VP of Content and Brand Development, Jim oversees editorial direction for all titles, as well as content alignment between PMMI Media Group and PMMI, ensuring that material produced by either entity is promoted and published efficiently. Jim is also a frequent speaker at industry events aligned with PMMI member interests.

Kim Overstreet, Senior Content Strategist, Alignment
Phone: 630-205-8735
As a Senior Content Strategist, Kim Overstreet disseminates PMMI Business Intelligence content to Packaging World, Healthcare Packaging, Automation World, ProFood World, OEM, and Mundo. She also covers packaging conferences for PMMI Media Group and enjoys reporting on current trends in the industry. Kim has been with PMMI Media Group since 2013 and has a master's degree in journalism from Drake University.

Emma Satchell, Digital Content Producer

Phone: 312-205-7898

Emma Satchell began her career with PMMI Media Group as the Managing Editor of Automation World. She was recently promoted to Digital Content Producer for all brands, and is responsible for producing and editing Take Five video segments as well as other digital content initiatives. She received her bachelor’s in Theatre Design and Technology from California State University East Bay in 2020.

PMMI Media Group
PMMI Media Group is a market-leading business media company that produces information for packaging, processing and automation professionals, bringing together solution providers and end users and facilitating connectivity throughout the supply chain. Its world class media brands—Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, OEM, ProFood World and Mundo PMMI—are proven leaders in covering this diverse and dynamic marketplace, and its digital products incorporate leading edge media technologies to deliver informed, actionable business intelligence to the industry. To learn more visit PMMI Media Group.

PMMI Media Group is a division of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, a trade association representing more than 850 companies that provide a full range of processing and packaging machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through initiatives such as PACKEXPO.com, educational programs and world-class events, connecting participants in the processing and packaging supply chain with their customers around the world. PMMI produces the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows. Learn more at PMMI.