The Food Processing Suppliers Association, McLean, Va., signed an agreement of mutual cooperation this week with Messe Frankfurt, the owner of the IFFA trade show for meat processors, in support of both organizations' trade show events.

FPSA has similar agreements with Messe Dusseldorf (Interpack) and Messe Nurnberg (Beviale), organizers of international trade fairs representing the packaging and beverage industries, respectively.

"Process Expo 2017 will benefit greatly from this agreement thanks in large part to promotion from Messe Frankfurt's offices, not just in Germany and the rest of Europe, but also Asia, and the Middle East," said Tom Kittle, Chairman of the Food Processing Suppliers Association and president of Handtmann Inc. and Handtmann Canada Lt.

Process Expo 2017 will take place from Sept. 19 to 22, 2017 at Chicago's McCormick Place. See for more information.

By partnering with these organizations, FPSA said Process Expo strengthens its ability to meet and service the needs of show attendees and exhibitors in the food processing and packaging arena.

"These agreements highlight Process Expo's strength as a horizontal trade show event covering all segments of the food and beverage industry," said Bill McPhail, chairman of the FPSA Show Committee and president of MAX Engineering.