Registration for the 2021 edition of Process Expo, the largest trade show dedicated to the food and beverage processing industry, is now open. The experiential event will be held Nov. 2-5 in the South Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago, the show’s organizers — Messe Frankfurt Inc. and the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) — said. 

“Like most, we are eager to resume business face to face, and we are thrilled that Process Expo will be one of the first in our industry slated to get back to in-person events,” said Kristy Meade, group show director for Messe Frankfurt Inc. “Our commitment to doing this as safely as possible remains our priority, and this begins with registration. As we continue to navigate these times, this November, we welcome all participants the opportunity to connect and network.”

A seamless registration process online will extend over to the onsite systems as well, with minimal interaction, spaced-out counters and contactless equipment, organizers said. In addition, Process Expo will be following the health and safety mandates of the federal and local government, along with regulations from McCormick Place.

Attendees will have an opportunity to reconnect in-person with leading manufacturers and suppliers from around the world. The show floor promises expanded product discovery opportunities, trend analysis, interactive experiences and special features, organizers said. Found only at Process Expo, one of these opportunities includes fully functional production lines, introducing a birds-eye view of how to incorporate the latest solutions into current plant operations. In addition, attendees may participate in a variety of networking events on and off the floor, including the Women’s Breakfast, the Food for Thought sessions and PE University.

"We are excited to return with an updated, highly informative seminar program, PE University, led by thought-provoking industry experts and renowned presenters discussing today’s most relevant topics,” said Andy Drennan, senior vice president, membership/business development/special projects for McLean, Va.-based FPSA. “Their reputation and expertise in specific areas will make this comprehensive program enlightening as it is informative.”

Both PE University and the Food for Thought sessions will focus on placing information and insight into the hands of industry professionals to help move their businesses forward. Engaging presentations addressing safety, post-pandemic processes, cannabis trends, robotics, alternative meat, adapting to new business models and other dynamic topics designed to engage and inform will be available across all days of the event, organizers said.

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