(MCLEAN, VA – May 7, 2012) The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced that they have signed an agreement to co-locate Process Expo and the International Dairy Show in Chicago, beginning in 2013.
The two shows will take place November 3-6, 2013, bringing together over 800 exhibitors and 15,000 industry professionals in the North and South Halls of McCormick Place. Attendees will have unlimited access to both show floors and educational programs.
"We are very excited to co-locate Process Expo with IDFA's International Dairy Show, as it truly is the nation's premier trade event for the dairy industry," said David Seckman, president and CEO of FPSA. "Considering the explosive growth we experienced at our last show, we are confident that this co-location will help us to continue building Process Expo into an event that simply can't be missed."
"IDFA considers co-location with Process Expo a great way to enhance and expand our show without sacrificing the dairy focus that is so important to all of our stakeholders. It will allow us to bring to exhibitors even higher numbers of qualified buyers while helping exhibitors make the most of their marketing expenditures," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. "By returning to Chicago, selecting a later fall date and teaming with FPSA, we have achieved the best blend for 2013."
Staff from the two organizations will continue to be responsible for their respective shows, including conducting sales and marketing activities, developing educational programs and meeting the operational needs of their exhibitors.
Exhibit space sales for both the International Dairy Show and Process Expo will begin in May. For information regarding Process Expo, visit www.myprocessexpo.com; to reserve space, contact FPSA Sales Director Grace Cular Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 200 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. In addition, 335 Gold Business Partner and Business Partner member companies provide processing equipment and supplies, packaging equipment and materials, ingredients and a wide variety of products and services to the dairy processing industry. Nearly 15 state and regional trade associations are also members of IDFA.
The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) is a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries. The Association's programs and services support member’s success by providing assistance in marketing their products and services, overall improvement in key business practices and many opportunities to network among industry colleagues. Programs and services to achieve these objectives include Process Expo (industry leading trade show), electronic media marketing, education, market intelligence, research, and advocation of critical industry issues such as food safety, sanitary design of equipment, and global trade. FPSA members are organized in vertical industry councils which focus on specific needs and concerns that are unique to each industry sector. FPSA councils currently represent the Bakery, Beverage, Dairy, Prepared Foods and Meat sectors.