Cheese, dairy, milk and yogurt processing have long been an integral part of the Process Expo trade show. The 2019 event, taking place Oct. 8-11, 2019, at Chicago's McCormick Place, will be no exception. According to the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), the event’s organizer, the expo will feature a dairy workshop, Dairy Processing 101, as well as a dairy production line sponsored by Kansas City, Kan.-based Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

"The dairy industry's support of this event helps to deliver thousands of dairy industry professionals in search of new technology that they can fit into their operations,” said Glenn LeBlanc, chair of the FPSA Dairy Council and vice president and division manager, packaging and personal safety, ILC Dover. “We highly encourage dairy industry professionals to make plans to attend Process Expo, where they will find new solutions and have access to leaders in the industry who will share important updates impacting the industry, on the show floor and in the education courses."

New for the 2019 event, McLean, Va.-based FPSA has teamed up with EAS Consulting Group LLC (EAS), which specializes in FDA regulatory matters, to offer the Dairy Processing 101 course. This comprehensive two-day course for dairy processors will cover critical industry topics and be offered on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, giving attendees the opportunity to visit the Process Expo show floor. (For more information, visit

In this course, attendees will get an overview of the U.S. dairy industry, gain an understanding of the impact of dairy farm practices on the quality and composition of raw milk and take home a working knowledge of how raw milk and dairy product prices are established, FPSA said. They will also acquire an appreciation of government requirements for dairy plants, gain exposure to milk chemistry and microbiology (including dairy cultures), get hands-on practical knowledge of dairy laboratory testing systems and capabilities, and get an in-depth overview of dairy processing technologies related to milk beverages, cheese, yogurt, ice cream and concentration (including membrane processing and drying technology).

Also new in 2019 will be a working live dairy production line, where Process Expo suppliers will work together to run live demonstrations of a complete dairy line right on the show floor. These demonstrations will occur several times a day throughout the show. Attendees will be able to see how different pieces of equipment can work with connecting components, learn how they can incorporate these products into their own plants, and speak with the suppliers face-to-face to discuss how they can customize the equipment for their specific needs, FPSA said. The dairy production line will feature both virtual and physical aspects and showcase the process, as well as the slicing, dicing, and packaging of cheese, which will be donated by DFA. 

For more information about attending the show, visit For more information regarding exhibiting at Process Expo 2019, contact Brent Ausink at or 757-268-2021.