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Processing Innovations Abound at Inaugural ProFood Tech

Apr 06, 2017

UPDATED: April 7, 2017

Nearly 6,500 attendees with buying power came to Chicago this week to make the first-ever ProFood Tech a huge success. Held April 4-6 in Chicago, ProFood Tech featured 447 of the world’s top processing suppliers, more than 140,000 net square feet of exhibit floor space and 45 hours of blockbuster educational programming. The dynamic atmosphere provided attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas with leading processing suppliers from both large operations that serve several market segments, as well as smaller niche companies that focus on specific needs.

Powered by IDFA along with two of the world’s trade show leaders – PACK EXPO and Anuga – this biennial show brought the industry together and addressed the key issues facing food and beverage processing operators in North America. Visit @dairyidfa on Facebook to view images from the week

The ProFood Tech conference program, presented by IDFA, was the largest in North America dedicated to food and beverage processing and offered a wide range of educational experiences featuring industry experts and leaders. The program offered attendees and exhibitors insights into the best practices in processing and engineering, innovations and new ingredients, regulations and food safety, consumer trends and marketing, flavor trends, business and leadership development and health and lifestyle.

“The conference program delivered a commanding overview of the latest trends and advancements in food processing,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Overall, ProFood Tech demonstrated the countless growth opportunities that exist for companies willing to employ new technology and techniques to boost production, efficiency and profits. Attendees now have new supplier contacts, inventive ideas and powerful business solutions they can use to meet their needs and goals.”

“We especially thank our dairy company members for attending ProFood Tech and the Gold Business Partner and Business Partner members for exhibiting, as well as supporting the dairy industry year-round,” Dykes added. View the list of supporting members here.

ProFood Tech will return to Chicago March 26-28, 2019, and continue its biennial schedule in odd-numbered years.

For more information, contact Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show, at

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