The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), the McLean, Va.-based owner of the global food equipment and technology show Process Expo, said it reached an agreement with Messe Frankfurt Inc. The North American subsidiary of Germany-based Messe Frankfurt will assume responsibility of all aspects of the show’s management, including sales, marketing, operations and sponsorships. Process Expo 2021 will take place Oct. 12-15, 2021, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

“Messe Frankfurt, as one of the world’s largest show organizers, brings an incredible wealth of expertise and organizational knowledge, which will make our 2021 show an even more successful event that all attendees will find of great value,” said Matt Malott, chairman of FPSA and president/CEO of Multivac Inc.

Process Expo is the nation’s largest horizontal trade show for the food and beverage processing industry, FPSA said. The event features roughly 500 exhibitors displaying the latest in machines, products, technology and services, as well as networking opportunities and educational programming for all segments of the food and beverage processing and packaging industry, including:

  • Bakery, grains, nuts, seeds, snacks
  • Beverage, coffee blends, juices
  • Cheese, dairy, ice cream, milk, yogurt
  • Meat, poultry, seafood
  • Pet food, treats
  • Prepared foods, fruits, vegetables
  • Cannabis edibles processing and packaging
  • Confectionery, candy, sweets
  • Co-packers (private label and contract manufacturing companies)
  • Food and beverage packaging

“The main objective for us is to deliver a high-quality show for the industry,” said Konstantin von Vieregge, president of Messe Frankfurt Inc., on plans for Process Expo. “Messe Frankfurt’s already successful portfolio of food technology trade shows arms us with a high level of technical expertise and access to a global network of resources. Our goal with Process Expo is to continue shaping the future of the global food technology industry while providing the highest level of service to all participants.”

Through this management agreement, Process Expo will also join the portfolio of trade fairs organized by Messe Frankfurt for the food processing industry alongside IFFA, tecnofidta, Modern Bakery Moscow and Salon du Chocolat Moscow. The four international trade shows in Argentina, Russia and Germany track the dynamic growth in the food processing industry and promote innovative, practical solutions to sustainable and responsible food handling for a growing global population, FPSA said. These international shows attract some 1,400 exhibitors and more than 93,000 visitors from around the world. IFFA, which has taken place in Frankfurt am Main since 1949, serves as the international flagship event for the meat industry.

For more information regarding exhibiting at Process Expo 2021, contact Kristy Meade at