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Get Ready for a Great Debut Show

March 23, 2017

Editorial Contact:
Shana Marais
PR Manager, PMMI

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The first-ever ProFood Tech is less than two weeks away (April 4–6; McCormick Place, Chicago) which means it’s time to download the ProFood Tech Mobile App. Powered by Pro Mach and available from the App Store or Google Play, the App helps you to build a plan for the show, navigate the extensive show floor, allows easy access to your itinerary and provides helpful news and notifications that may arise during the show.

Produced by three of the world’s trade show leaders – PACK EXPO, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) – ProFood Tech welcomes more than 6,000 key decision makers to convene with 400-plus of the world’s top suppliers over 150,000 net square feet of exhibit floor.

If all of this was not enough to navigate during the show, ProFood Tech also features robust educational programming. The ProFood Tech Learning Hub features sessions from the free Innovation Stage and Regulatory Matters Stage, while IDFA is leading a strong conference program.

Each thirty-minute Innovation Stage session at ProFood Tech focuses on fresh looks at breakthrough technologies, innovative applications and proven techniques from industry experts. The new Regulatory Matters Stage features expert speakers presenting on key issues such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), recall avoidance, conducting internal audits, traceability, documentation, food safety management and much more. These sessions will be followed by roundtable discussions on these key regulatory challenges with experts and peers.

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, as well as business and leadership development. 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.

On top of these educational opportunities, ProFood Tech offers many networking opportunities. The Emerging Leaders Reception takes place on Tuesday, April 4 from 5–6:30 p.m. in room S102D at McCormick Place. Sponsored by PMMI's Emerging Leaders Network and MHI's Young Professionals Network, the reception presents an opportunity for young professionals and emerging leaders to connect with other rising leaders across several industries – food and beverage processing, material handling and supply chain and packaging industries. To RSVP to the event, email Liz Normandy, PMMI marketing & communications manager, at

PMMI’s Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network also presents the complimentary Industry Networking Breakfast for Women which offers a unique opportunity to network with fellow women in the industry at the newest trade show for food and beverage processing. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 5 from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in room E451B at McCormick Place, Chicago. If you are a woman attending ProFood Tech, register for this event now!

With all the activities and events happening at ProFood Tech, downloading and using the mobile App is the best way to keep yourself on track so you don’t miss out on what is most important to you. The mobile App is not the only way to organize ahead of time for the most comprehensive food and beverage show in North America. You can visit for more tools to make the most of your time at ProFood Tech 2017.

Use My Show Planner, an easy-to-use online planning tool that centralizes information such as exhibitor listings and session schedules, to create a personal itinerary for ProFood Tech 2017. If you’re looking to visit booths of specific exhibitors, you can search for them here. Many questions about ProFood Tech are answered on this page of FAQs. Curious about what’s trending in Processing? Check out the ProFood Tech: In the Know eBook. For detailed information on the ProFood Tech Conference Program, check out the conference schedule.

If you haven’t registered for ProFood Tech yet, your time is running out. Visit to register before it’s too late.

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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