Mark your calendars: PROCESS EXPO is once again coming to McCormick Place in Chicago! And ProFood Tech is a new show on the schedule. These two trade shows offer professionals in the food industry opportunities to discover new innovations and participate in educational programs to keep their knowledge and skills sharp.

From new technologies to the latest in consumer trends, read on to hear what to expect from these dynamic industry trade shows this year.

When they are

  • ProFood Tech: April 4-6, 2017. This show is put on by PACK EXPO, AnugaTec, and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).
  • PROCESS EXPO: September 19-22, 2017. This show is organized by the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA).

Who should go

  • ProFood Tech caters to the following markets:
    • Baking and snack
    • Meat, poultry, seafood
    • Dairy
    • Frozen/prepared foods
    • Beverage
    • Other food and beverage
  • PROCESS EXPO focuses on these verticals:
    • Bakery, grains, seeds, and snacks
    • Beverage
    • Dairy
    • Meat, poultry, seafood
    • Prepared foods, fruits, vegetables
    • Confectionary, candy, sweets
    • Co-packers (private label and contract manufacturing companies)
    • Pet foods

Size and attendance

  • ProFood Tech will feature 400 exhibitors and attract 6,000 attendees across 150,000 net feet of show floor.
  • PROCESS EXPO expects more than 600 exhibitors and 15,000 attendees across 220,000 square feet.


  • ProFood Tech offers 30 educational sessions, keynotes, and seminars that look at groundbreaking research, as well as talks that uncover trends affecting different sectors. This year’s conference sessions are organized around five main topics:
    • Regulations and food safety
    • Consumer trends and marketing
    • Food processing and technology
    • Business and leadership development
    • Health and lifestyle
  • PROCESS EXPO also has an extensive education program: PROCESS EXPO University. This year’s offerings will focus on wide-ranging topics such as Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), updates on 3-A Sanitary Standards, the impact of label laws, and the trend in the use of natural ingredients. To get an idea of what PROCESS EXPO University offers, you can view the 2015 sessions online using the link above.


  • 5-time NFL MVP quarterback Peyton Manning will deliver the keynote at ProFood Tech.
  • PROCESS EXPO will have a 3D virtual showroom where attendees will get the chance to explore new equipment like never before.

See what other trade shows are coming in 2017-2018.