With trade shows and other events, the food industry is full of opportunities for education, innovation, networking, and discovery.
Here are the major upcoming events, organized by category and region.
- General Packaging & Processing
- Bakery & Snacks
- Meat & Poultry
- Food Service
U.S. Trade Shows
General Packaging & Processing
Wisconsin Dells, December 3-5, 2019
The Midwest Food Products Association’s Annual Convention brings together leaders in the food processing industry to discuss trends, view new technologies, share expertise, and network with professionals in different companies and disciplines.
Santa Clara, CA, February 12-13, 2020
This is California’s Largest Food Processing Trade Show, featuring over 270 exhibitors for food processing equipment, supplies, services, and technology. There are also two days of educational sessions on issues such as water conservation and food safety inspections. And don’t forget about the Tasting Pavilion and the Vegetable, Fruit, & Nut Putting Contest. The Expo is produced by the California League of Food Processors (CLFP).
Spokane, WA, February 17 – 19, 2020
Formerly the Northwest Food Processors Expo & Conference, Northwest Food & Beverage World is the premier food and beverage show in the Northwest and the largest regional trade show in the United States. Covering 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, this show brings together hundreds of equipment manufacturers and food and beverage makers. It also offers an extensive education program and lunchtime keynote speakers.
Orlando, February 23-26, 2020
The Refrigerated Foods Association Exhibition & Conference features heavy-hitting speakers that cover topics ranging from sustainability to employee retention and industry trends. The exhibition is also a must-see for attendees, as it hosts suppliers that showcase the latest ingredients, equipment, packing, and services for the refrigerated foods industry.
Las Vegas, February 29-March 3, 2020
AFFI-CON is the premier event for frozen food and beverage makers, industry suppliers, and logistical partners. It brings together over 500 companies and 1,600+ attendees in a single location, allowing them to meet one-on-one to discuss current and future opportunities.
Chicago, March 2-3, 2020
Each year, the American Food Sure Summit covers a myriad of food industry topics ranging from safety to manufacturing and quality. Industry leaders from all over America travel to the summit to participate in panel discussions, present keynote speeches, and share case studies, making it a can’t-miss event for food safety and professionals.
Philadelphia, March 3-5, 2020
PACK EXPO offers the latest solutions for retailers and consumer packaged goods from over 400 exhibitors, as well as educational seminars and learning centers featuring the latest case studies and reports.
Miami, April 26-29, 2020
Food Engineering’s Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo brings food and beverage professionals together to explore a variety of topics about the industry. Attendees can expect to learn about the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability, and food safety at the 2 1/2 day event.
Rosemont, IL, May 4-7, 2020
As the slogan states, the Food Safety Summit is all about “solution for today, planning for tomorrow.” This solutions-based expo is for growers, processors, retailers, distributors, foodservice operators, regulators, and academia. There is also a number of educational opportunities: workshops, breakout sessions, and certification courses.
Chicago, July 12-15, 2020
Over 1,000 exhibitors and 23,000 attendees gather at IFT Food Expo every year to explore food science and technology. The expo will also host more than 100 educational sessions developed by industry leaders, aimed at professionals who want to keep up with the latest research in food science.
Austin, July 20-22, 2020
Digital Food and Beverage will bring together 300+ digital marketing and ecommerce innovators from the industry’s most disruptive, retailers, category disruptors, and brands for a collaborative debate on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities.
Chicago, November 8-11, 2020
PACK EXPO International brings together a marketplace of 2,500+ exhibitors, showcasing the latest packaging equipment and technologies and over 50,000 attendees. This show features solutions for virtually every vertical market with dedicated Pavilions for Printing, Containers and Materials, Confectionary, Reusable Packaging, and Processing.
Chicago, November 17-18, 2020
The Generis American Food Manufacturing Summit is designed to bring food and beverage processors and suppliers together to discuss current trends, strategic insights, and best practices in an ever-evolving environment. This event gives you the opportunity to network with over 150 of your peers, connect with exhibitors, and learn from the top industry influencers as you explore strategies to improve automation, operational excellence, quality, and safety.
New Orleans, February 4-6, 2021
The NAFEM Show features over 500 industry-leading cooking, prep, storage, and table service equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Industry pros at NAFEM get an exclusive look at the newest kitchen innovations and make valuable connections along the way.
Chicago, April 13-15, 2021
Covering the gamut of the food and beverage sector, ProFood Tech brings together 450 processing and equipment supplier exhibitors and 7,000 attendees in their biennial event. Show attendees explore industry innovations, see full-scale machinery in action, and gain valuable insight into trends, best practices, and safety and regulatory concerns. The show covers 150,000 square feet and includes expert-led educational sessions for attendees.
Las Vegas, September 27-29, 2021
PACK EXPO offers the latest solutions for retailers and consumer packaged goods, as well as educational seminars and learning centers featuring the latest case studies and reports.
PROCESS EXPO is dedicated to the latest technology and solutions for the food and beverage industry. Attendees can take advantage of over 25 hours of education and training on food safety, trends, and leadership, as well as prime networking opportunities with 15,000 industry professionals.
Food Culture Forecast will provide you with provocative, inspiring insights and strategic direction about how to navigate these new waters, making it an essential knowledge summit to attend for anyone with a stake in the food and beverage industry today.
The Food Safety Consortium focuses on food safety education and networking for FSQA professionals.This show brings together all the best information on best practices and new technology solutions in the food industry. It features multiple educational tracks, “Ask the Expert” discussions, workshops, training programs, and more.
Bakery & Snacks
Charlotte, March 22-24, 2020
SNAXPO brings innovation and imagination together as they showcase the newest technology and tools in the snack industry. 2017’s show drew nearly 150 vendors and over 1,000 industry professionals. The show doesn’t end at the expo room floor: educational opportunities are available as well.
Chicago, May 19-21, 2020
Join 17,000 confectionery, cookie, and snack professionals from 90 countries for the largest collection of new candy and snack products. Over 760 exhibitors cover four acres of event space in this annual expo sponsored by the The National Confectioners Association.
Las Vegas, September 17-21, 2022
The International Baking Industry Exposition the largest, most important trade event for the global grain-based food industry in the Western Hemisphere. Every three years, IBIE offers industry professionals the opportunity to conduct face-to-face meetings, explore innovations, build relationships, and much more.
Santa Monica, December 9-10, 2019
The premiere event brings together beverage industry professionals for two days of networking and learning opportunities. BevNET Live also features a New Beverage Showdown, Sample Bar, and an expo to discover the latest beverage products and services.
Indianapolis, May 31 – June 2, 2020
Comprising 1,500 companies, the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) is a nonprofit trade association for food retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, brokers, distributors, and other industry professionals. This members-only event features top-notch speakers, a Show and Sell Center, and 1,900 exhibition booths with food, services, and ideas for better business.
Portland, July 22-25, 2020
Each year, the American Cheese Society hosts the foremost educational conference and world-renowned cheese competition in North America. More than 1,300 cheese professionals, purchasers, and influencers from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe attend to network, sample products, and learn from one another.
Meat & Poultry
Atlanta, January 28-30, 2020
The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is the largest annual trade show for the eggs, poultry, meat and feed industries. The expo focuses on innovation, education, global reach, and networking. Over 1,200 exhibitors will be on hand, and there are dozens of seminars and workshops for further industry education and training.
San Diego, June 16-18, 2020
The United Fresh Produce Association is a member-based organization that brings together companies across every segment of the fresh produce supply chain and partners with government policy-makers. The United Fresh convention will showcase the most creative new produce items and fresh food trends, cutting-edge tools and technology, business-enhancing conference sessions, and more.
Santa Monica, December 4-5, 2019
This two-day event features an all-star speaker lineup as well as ample time for networking, tasting, and seeing what’s next in the natural food industry. Attendees can also swing by the Sampling Experience + Expo and see what innovations are on the horizon at the competitive Pitch Slam.
Orlando, January 17-20, 2020
PTNPA is an annual, members-only industry trade show. The PTNPA is a not-for-profit association that represents the owners and operators of companies who shell, process, salt and/or roast peanuts and tree nuts, and those who supply equipment and services that are critical to the industry.
Anaheim, CA, March 3-7, 2020
Natural Products Expo West is part of the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products trade show produced by the New Hope Network. Over 3,000 companies from more than 100 countries were represented last year. The entire event includes the trade show and education conference with breakout sessions led by industry leaders.
Boston, March 15-17, 2020
This is North America’s largest seafood expo. 1,200 exhibitors from over 40 countries will demonstrate the latest in fish and seafood products, services, equipment, processing, and packaging. Network with industry professionals, attend more than 20 seminars, and be sure to catch the Oyster Shucking Competition.
Phoenix, October 21-23, 2020
This invite-only event is designed for senior leaders to connect, share challenges, identify business solutions, and build lasting relationships. The content focuses on reducing last-mile costs while making delivery profitable, utilizing stores as fulfillment centers, and improving inventory accuracy.
May 16-19, 2020
The National Restaurant Association Show is celebrating its 100th year in 2019. From innovative equipment and supplies to emerging food and beverage technology, the National Restaurant Association Show features it all.
Milwaukee, March 9-11, 2020
The Midwest Foodservice Expo features educational seminars on operations, restaurant marketing, workforce solutions, business building, and more. Hundreds of exhibitors attend every year, making it the perfect opportunity to network with the best vendors in foodservice.
Austin, September 15-16, 2020
Future Restaurants brings together operations, technology, design and marketing executives from all facets of the restaurant industry. Future Restaurants fills the need for a conference that explores how restaurants can utilize tech and innovation to drive better, more efficient customer experiences both in location and via digital touchpoints.
International Trade Shows
General Packaging & Processing
Paris, December 3-5, 2019
Across an exhibition area of more than 80,000 m2, Fi Europe & Ni connects food and beverage industry experts including product developers, decision-makers, and representatives of major brand companies. Attendees can look forward to extensive networking and learning opportunities at this leading food and beverage event.
Casablanca, Morocco, December 6-8, 2019
Morocco SIEMA Expo is a food processing, packaging, and machinery exhibition with international participants exhibiting a wide-ranging product line including food processing machines, food packaging machines, refrigeration technology products, food industries equipment, milling machinery, agricultural tractors, products and equipment, glass products, and more. In 2018, the exhibition hosted 187 companies from 16 countries as well as 6,400 professional visitors.
Dusseldorf, May 7-13, 2020
In 2020, interpack will once again be a hotspot for innovation and knowledge sharing. It’s an essential event for the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food, and industrial goods sectors.
Bangkok, June 17-20, 2020
ProPak Asia is the international processing and packaging technology event for Asia. Over 40,000 attendees from 60+ countries will see the latest in automation and technological advances for packaging in processing for food, beverage, and other sectors.
Chiba, Japan, November 25-27, 2020
FOODtech JAPAN is an international B2B trade show designed for food processing and automation technology professionals. Over the three day expo, visitors will get the chance to discover and connect with world-class food industry suppliers.
Cologne, Germany, March 23-26, 2021
Anuga FoodTec is an international trade fair that covers the entire spectrum of food production – from processing to packaging. This global event for the food and beverage industry occurs every three years and attracts visitors working in areas such as research and development, design, manufacturing/production, quality control and maintenance, and much more. Exhibitors feature solutions in technology, equipment, and packaging.
Cibus Tec focuses on the latest technology in the food and beverage industry. Visitors from any sector can find suppliers for ingredients, processing technology, logistics services, and much more at Cibus Tech. The event also features workshops and seminars that explore the future of the food industry.
Consumers across the globe are increasingly interested in functional ingredients. This event enables companies to explore business strategies that align with current functional food market trends and modern product development practices. Participants will have ample time for networking and identifying potential business partnership opportunities.
Bakery & Snacks
The Bakery Showcase brings together over 4,500 industry professionals including bakers, grocers, and foodservice outlets. The two-day event features educational sessions and over 400 booths showcasing the latest in baked goods, baking ingredients, equipment, packaging services, and technology.
Nuremberg, November 10-12, 2020
BrauBeviale is a leading European exhibition for the production and marketing of beer, water, non-alcoholic drinks, spirits, wine, sparkling wine, and liquid dairy products. The event includes a forum, over 1000 exhibitors, and networking opportunities with industry leaders in Germany and around the world.
This summit gathers dairy industry leaders to share their expertise on the latest regulatory dynamics and industry trends. Attendees will share their own professional experience and learn about successful marketing strategies, the liquid milk and other product sectors, packaging, farm management, sustainability, and more at this two-day event.
Meat & Poultry
Frankfurt, May 14-19, 2022
A premiere event for the meat industry, IFFA joins industry professionals in Frankfurt am Main. The massive show features over 1,000 companies from 50 countries, giving visitors an unmatched opportunity to learn about the newest trends and innovations in the meat industry.
Guangzhou, July 16-20, 2020
The international Fruit Expo serves as a B2B platform enabling professionals to benefit from numerous networking possibilities and available industry resources. The trade fair is supported by locally based consulates and embassies of Argentina, Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Vietnam and other countries. It is also attended by retailers, wholesalers, F&B manufacturing professionals and representatives of fruit chain stores, orchards, professional associations, magazines, e-commerce platforms, and more.
Last update: December 2019