It's Show Time: PackEXPO and Worldwide Food Expo are right around the corner. PackEXPO is in Las Vegas this year, and our preview story looks at the latest tamper evidence and security features being offered by packaging suppliers.

Meanwhile, Worldwide Food Expo has some exciting new features this year including a bottled water component and the Beverage Zone, which groups together suppliers that focus on the ever-broadening beverage categories. We’ve also got show dates and other details to help you plan your trips to Las Vegas and Chicago.

The biennial Worldwide Food Expo attracts more than 30,000 visitors, and features more than 1,200 exhibitors.

It's one of the largest trade shows in North America, and perhaps the most important to dairy processors, and this year, the Worldwide Food Expo will be bigger and more diversified than ever.

Throughout the year, the industry organizations that coordinate the event have had exciting news about new sponsors and new components like the International Bottled Water Assn., and the Beverage Zone, which includes the IBWA Bottled Water Pavilion, and has a focus on beverages of all kinds.

Then came word that dairy's important purchasing groups, Quality Chekd Dairies, and All Star Dairy Assn. had signed on as co-sponsors.

The latest news? Registration is up compared to 2001 figures, and 2001 pre-registration took place prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Expo '03 includes the co-located Food, Dairy & Beverage Exposition and the International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Exposition.

The addition of IBWA brings to the show the fastest-growing and most exciting segment of the beverage industry: bottled water. IBWA's Bottled Water Pavilion will be located in a key location on the South Hall. With suppliers to the bottled water, juice and milk industries now well represented at Expo, the sponsors are building a new Beverage Zone for these and other beverage exhibits. Packaging, processing, sweeteners, ingredients and vending are just a few of the areas of growth for the '03 show.

IBWA currently holds the leading convention and trade show for the bottled water industry each fall, attracting about 2,500 domestic and international attendees. In recent years, the IBWA trade show has filled more than 40,000 net square feet of exhibit space. IBWA will feature its exhibits in Expo's new Bottled Water Pavilion, and will also conduct its annual convention and meeting at the show, featuring a track of bottled water educational sessions and social events. IBWA will also continue to hold its annual convention and trade event on the off-year from Expo.

"IBWA members and exhibitors are very excited to be a part of Worldwide Food Expo, and look forward to a blockbuster event in 2003," said IBWA President Joe Doss. "This is the beginning of what we anticipate to be a long and fruitful partnership with Worldwide Food Expo."

The Food, Dairy & Beverage Exposition will also include the latest innovations for the dairy, frozen food, confection, and snack food industries. In addition to the new Beverage Zone, an exciting new floor layout will include dairy exhibits; frozen food exhibits; confection, chocolate and snack pavilion and exhibits; and the Product Development Pavilion.

The biennial event attracts more than 30,000 industry leaders from 150 countries to see the largest North American display of food industry suppliers in one location. Attendees will view the innovations of more than 1,200 exhibitors in 1.2 million sq ft of floor space, and attend more than 60 educational workshops emphasizing new technologies in the food processing industry.

Dairy processors will get a look at the latest innovations in filling machinery, and then talk to a supplier of shrink sleeve material while also comparing the latest chocolate or vanilla offerings from the most established suppliers in the business.

Conference Programs

In addition to more than a square mile of exhibits, Worldwide Food Expo offers an impressive slate of conference programming covering the latest technical, marketing and policy issues related to the dairy industry.

Visitors to this year's Expo, can choose from an expanded selection of dairy programming sponsored by the IDFA, All Star Dairy Association, Quality Chekd Dairies and leading experts. There will be cutting-edge beverage workshops from Beverage Marketing Corp., the latest on milk marketing from the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), the conference of the IBWA, and a frozen food track from the American Frozen Food Institute. One badge gets attendees into any of the educational sessions.

In addition, IDFA will hold a special Health Claims Workshop immediately before Expo at the Chicago Hilton & Towers. This meeting requires separate registration, but attendees will receive complimentary passes to Worldwide Food Expo. Look for details here and on the IDFA website.

Conference programming actually kicks off a day before the opening of the Expo on Tuesday Oct. 28., with an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. session on compelling health claims of dairy products. MilkPEP board members will also meet on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning's programming includes a session on high-tech cheese plants, a discussion of the need for dairy standards, and an informative session on the latest nutritional science regarding dairy and weight loss. Thursday morning highlights include a case study on building a probiotic dairy product, a program on HACCP certification for dairy professionals, and a discussion on milk's position in foodservice, the effects of long shelf life on milk availability, and new research on milk vending.

Friday's programming includes IDFA's Washington Insider Breakfast, and sessions on high tech milk and cheese plants, new tools for measuring plant efficiency, and milk price regulations.

Also on Friday morning, the Water Quality Assn.'s Conference will feature a session on membrane and ozone system design & application for dairy & bottled water operations. This presentation reviews UF and RO membranes for typical dairy plant operations with a comprehensive overview of integrating membrane and ozone technologies for producing bottled water.

Throughout Worldwide Food Expo, special sessions called "Dairy Tech," "Food Tech" and "Meat Tech" will also feature 20-minute technical papers from equipment and ingredient suppliers offering new technology to the food processing industry.

Time to Network

When the exhibit floor closes, the party is just beginning at Worldwide Food Expo. The schedule of social events this year includes a Second City Comedy Troupe performance at the Thursday Chairman's Banquet, and a Moonlight Magic reception on Friday night to celebrate Halloween.

(See related story for complete social event details.)

For more information on the Expo, visit

Expo Social Events Feature Food, Friends and Entertainment

In addition to featuring the latest in processing, packaging, equipment, ingredients and services for the global food industry, Worldwide Food Expo '03 is one of the year's best opportunities to make business connections. A number of social and networking events at this year's Expo offer a chance to build relationships and to have some fun with industry colleagues. Most events require a separate ticket which can be purcahsed at

Wednesday, October 29

Kicking off the festivities on Wednesday night, the IDFA/IAFIS Welcome to Chicago Reception provides food, dairy and beverage attendees with a taste of the cuisine and music of Asia, Central America, Europe and the United States-a great way to welcome everyone to this important global food industry event. Also that evening, the IBWA exhibitors are sponsoring the invitation-only IBWA Supplier Opening Reception, which allows bottled water industry attendees to catch up with all that's happening in that segment.

Thursday, October 30

The invitation only Food, Dairy & Beverage International Reception on Thursday, welcomes attendees who have traveled from around the globe for Worldwide Food Expo. The event is co-sponsored by USDEC and Packaging Technologies.

The satirical and wickedly funny Second City comedy troupe performs at the IBWA Chairman's Banquet on Thursday, providing attendees and exhibitors with a chance to enjoy a unique Chicago experience.

Friday, October 31

Politics and business are on the agenda Friday morning, as national political correspondent Fred Barnes headlines the Washington Insider Breakfast. A well-known Washington pundit, Barnes has served as the executive editor of The Weekly Standard and as the co-host of Fox News Channel's "The Beltway Boys."

Later on Friday, celebrate Halloween with a Food, Dairy & Beverage "Moonlight Magic" Reception. Tarot card and palm readers, magicians, carnival

performers and cabaret-music set the stage for a magical evening.

Saturday, November 1

To wrap up the Worldwide Food Expo experience, food, dairy and beverage attendees honor the winners of this year's Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest at the Collegiate Contest Awards Breakfast on Saturday morning.

Most of these special events require tickets, which may be purchased using the Worldwide Food Expo registration form. For full details on all Worldwide Food Expo social events, visit

David Michael to Host Penn State Short Course Reunion

The global dairy industry is well acquainted with Penn State's Ice Cream Short Course. But there's another side to the history of the short course, and it's all about the people who have attended over the years.

When you spend eleven days with a small group of people in the classroom, sharing meals, comparing notes, and working side-by-side in the lab,

professional relationships and lasting friendships are bound to develop. It's with these special relationships in mind that David Michael & Co. will sponsor the second biennial Penn State Ice Cream Short Course Reunion. The reunion will be held every other year in conjunction with the Worldwide Food Expo. Those who have attended the short course are invited to have breakfast, catch up with friends, network with new contacts and hear about what's new in the industry and at Penn State. Breakfast will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Friday, October 31, at 8:30 a.m. For more information on the reunion, call 814/865-8301,or email


Barry Callebaut USA Inc.
Booth S6657
Barry Callebaut has been producing cocoa and chocolate products for more than 150 years. It is a fully integrated company that masters every step from the sourcing of cocoa beans to the manufacturing of solid chocolate. Barry Callebaut is proud to serve the entire food industry, whether industrial food manufacturers, or foodservice professional users or retailers. Today, with a global network of 34 state-of-the-art production sites and some 7,000 employees in 16 countries-Europe, Africa, North and Latin America and Asia Pacific, Barry Callebaut is one of the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products.
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Chester-Jensen Co. Inc.
Booth S8046
Chester-Jensen has been pioneering fluid heat exchange technology since its inception in 1914. The diversity of product applications, developed over the years, has enabled the company to serve a wide variety of markets including dairy, meat and poultry, food processing, pharmaceutical, chemical and allied industries worldwide. Chester Jensen's reputation has grown through the principle of providing both the highest quality products available and the personalized attention to clients' needs. Quality at Chester-Jensen has always meant durability, longevity of service and optimized performance.
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Chr. Hansen Inc.
Booth N2720

Chr. Hansen offers specialized products that are derived from their core areas of expertise: dairy, meat, wine, probiotic, and animal health cultures; enzymes; flavors; colors; seasonings; sweeteners; and tablet excipients. With over 125 years of experience, Chr. Hansen is strategically positioned to service customers in the food, beverage, human health and animal health industries throughout the world.
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DCI Inc.
Booth S7080
DCI, Inc. has been a leader in the design, manufacturing and servicing of stainless steel equipment since 1955. DCI originated as a supplier to the dairy industry, and continues to serve food and dairy operations of all sizes. Whether you need to store, cool, heat, blend, mix or process, DCI's offers outstanding craftsmanship and proven product performance. DCI will display a Dynamixer Processor tank: performs three separate process functions all in the same tank! Mix dry or semisolids into liquid, chop/chip solids, heat and/or cool the mixed batch.
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DSM Food Specialties, Dairy Ingredients
Booth S8050
DSM Food Specialties, Dairy Ingredients will be showing its complete line of products for every stage in the milk processing chain. This includes antibiotic residue tests, coagulants, enzymes, cultures, culture media, preservation systems for cheese and natural colors. Of special interest is its Delvo[r] culture/media systems, which are optimized for maximum activity in either mesophilic or thermophilic strains, as well as Delvocid[r] natamycin based natural surface antimycotics for mold prevention in shredded and on block cheese. Other DSM business units will also be exhibiting at this booth.
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Danisco USA Inc.
Booth N1266
Danisco USA Inc. is one of the world's leading suppliers of functional systems. The range comprises integrated emulsifiers and stabilizers, encapsulated ingredients and emulsifier/stabilizer and stabilizer blends. Danisco USA also offers the food industry vast potential to meet reuirements for product quality and efficient processing, optimize food safety and extend shelf life. The range includes: enzymes, cultures and media, antioxidants, antimicrobials and food safety and protection solutions. Danisco USA also supplies the meat industry with carrageenan and alginate.
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David Michael & Co.
Booth S8053
For over 107 years, David Michael & Co. has been a leading international manufacturer of flavors and stabilizers for all segments of the food and beverage industries. With over 26,000 formulations, David Michael can provide a flavor for every possible product application. Well known for vanilla products, the company also offers comprehensive lines of other flavor types, such as fruit, savory, sweet/brown, sensation and coffee. In addition, we can assist with your textural needs through our extensive line of Michtex[r] stabilizers. With two manufacturing locations in the United States and also in Mexico, France and China,David Michael is prepared to service your needs throughout the world. David Michael hits your flavor target faster.
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Ecolab Inc.
Booth S5601
As a leading provider of critical environment sanitation products and systems, Ecolab delivers superior brand protection to food, dairy, meat/poultry and beverage processors with the EcoShield program. EcoShield is the only comprehensive protection program that combines integrated intervention systems with thorough operational productivity services to give you superior food safety and improved operational efficiencies. Only EcoShield delivers customized and integrated plant sanitation programs.
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Elopak Inc.
Booth S6419
Elopak is a world leader in fluid packaging and filling systems. Applications in dairy include gabletop and plastic packaging and filling solutions for milk juice and drinks. Elopak specializes filling solutions for extended shelf life products. Most recently, Elopak anounced that it will be making available a new RG Series of gabletop filling machines for low volume operations. Designed by Galdi s.r.l. of Montebelluna, Italy, The RG series complements Elopak's broad range of high-speed fillers. Three standard models are available. Elopak will build and sell the RG machines in the United States.
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Fisher Nut Co./John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc
Booth S7550
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. Home of Fisher Nuts is the second largest nut company in the United States. Fisher Nut Company is a grower, packer and shipper of natural whole shelled and in-shell almonds. Located in Modesto, in the heart of California's almond growing region with close proximity to ocean ports and rail connections, Fisher Nut is dedicated to providing a top quality product to customers throughout the world, while ensuring that its growers receive the highest possible returns.
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Forbes Chocolate
Booth S8450
Established in 1901, Forbes is a manufacturer of cocoa blends and flavor powders for flavoring milk, ice cream, soft serve, frozen yogurt, frozen novelties, pudding, baked goods, and desserts. Forbes also provide custom blending services for the food industry.
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Foss North America Inc.
Booth S5822
FoodScan saves you time and money in process and quality control. It is the perfect solution for profit maximization because it can be placed at the production line to make immediate adjustments to the production process. By measuring a complete range of parameters (total solids, moisture, fat, protein, fat in dry matter and solids-non-fat), dairy plants are able to control and optimize yield and product consistency. In the quality control lab, FoodScan analyzes raw materials and finished products to ensure stable product quality and allow detection of possible faults before product is shipped to the customer.
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Green Spot Co.
Booth S8208
Green Spot Co. leads the way with a complete line of fruit drink concentrates and blends, flavors, sherbet purees, and iced tea blends. Green spot has products with dairy applications in flavored milk, egg nog, creamers, butter, ice cream and other frozen desserts, yogurt and yogurt drinks.
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Booth S8668
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MeadWestvaco offers the substrates, designs, construction, machinery and the packaging know-how that has helped our customers become leaders in their industry. The company has packaging systems specific to a number of applications including beverages, frozen food, DVDs, cosmetics, and healthcare products. Products include packages, packaging materials & containers, bottle carriers/handles, cartons for food and dairy, frozen/novelty packaging, equipment and services.
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MicroThermics Inc.
Booth S6653
MicroThermics specializes in simulating production UHT & HTST processes. The company's laboratory processors and Miniature Plant Trial Services have flow rates of 300 to 4000 mLs/min. and produce production quality: Milk/Soy Beverages, Juices, Puddings, and more! We offer: electric or steam heat, steam injection, in-line homogenization, tube or plate heat-exchangers, Multiple hold tubes, Ultra-Clean Filling, and more.
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MicroThermics Inc.
Booth S6653
MicroThermics specializes in simulating production UHT & HTST processes. The company's laboratory processors and Miniature Plant Trial Services have flow rates of 300 to 4000 mLs/min. and produce production quality: Milk/Soy Beverages, Juices, Puddings, and more! We offer: electric or steam heat, steam injection, in-line homogenization, tube or plate heat-exchangers, Multiple hold tubes, Ultra-Clean Filling, and more.
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Booth S7633
Established in 1905, Stoelting's Process Equipment Division designs and manufactures automated cheesemaking equipment, including vats, tables, enclosed drain/salting belts, block formers, air and vacuum conveyors, specialty cheese equipment, and specialty food processing equipment.
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Sudmo North America
Booth S5632
Sudmo North America is a supplier of stainless steel sanitary flow components for the dairy, food, beverage, brewery, and pharmaceutical industries. Sudmo's products include standard and PMO mix proof (double seat) valves, standard, long stroke, and tangential single seat valves, regulating, tank outlet, aseptic, constant pressure, pressure relief, standard and mix proof butterfly, flow diversion, ball and diaphragm valves. Sudmo's innovative product line also features specialty valves for the food and dairy industries including the Large Particulate mix proof valve and the Cheese Curd Outlet PMO mix proof valve. S?dmo also supplies fittings, manifolds, service, training, and control tops that interface directly with simple I/O controls or ASI, DeviceNet[tm], or Profibus, and complete process systems from design studies to turn-key projects.
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Tetra Pak Hoyer
Booth S6022
Tetra Pak Hoyer is a world leader in processing. Product categories include temperature control, freezers and freezer equipment, packaging equipment, ice cream fillers, ingredient feeders packaging systems, processing equipment and supplies.
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Westfalia Separator Inc.
Booth S7622
Westfalia Separator, Inc. is the US subsidiary of Westfalia Separators AG, offering a complete line of CIP separators in all areas of milk and whey processing: warm milk separation, cold milk separation, whey separation, milk and whey clarification and milk standardization. Westfalia Separators play an integral role in the production of quark, cream cheese, butter oil, lactose and casein.
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Westfalia Technologies
Booth S6446
Westfalia Technologies is an industry leader in providing custom Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, Gravity Flow Systems, Warehouse Management Systems, Bag and Pallet Handling Equipment and Palletizers, designed to meet and exceed client requirements. Founded in York, Pa., 1991, Westfalia's in-house design and manufacturing capabilities provides the service and flexibility that meets, or
exceeds clients' needs. With over 200 installations world wide, heavy investment in research and development, coupled with commitment are the drivers behind
Westfalia's approach.
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