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As a result of the divorce between Process Expo and Pack Expo, the latter's 2010 show – scheduled for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Chicago's McCormick Place – will have a number of new features to "make it easy for packagers and processors from around the globe to enhance operational excellence across the production line, speed new product commercialization and grow brand sales," says the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) which manages all Pack Expos.
Among the new features is "The Processing Zone," meant to replace the Process Expo formerly staged by the Food Processing Machinery Suppliers Association, now an independent show. Not entirely devoted to food, this pavilion area will highlight processing technologies for beverage, baked goods, snack food, meat, dairy and produce, as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Exhibits will include technologies to enhance food safety, reduce waste, ensure product freshness and improve sustainability.
The two other new "zones" are:
Another new feature will be the inaugural Manufacturing Excellence Conference, created by the Grocery Manufacturers Assn. (GMA). It's meant to provide an educational component to PMMI's trade show – and to emphasize the packaging association's interest in the food sector.
The GMA conference will be in McCormick Place meeting rooms Nov. 1–2. Registration can be handled through Pack Expo. There are several education session focusing on product safety, sustainability and operational reliability. Key speakers will be:
In all, Pack Expo International will provide an estimated 45,000 attendees with access to more than 2,000 packaging and processing equipment suppliers, containers and materials companies and components manufacturers. These exhibitors will display throughout McCormick Place's North, South and Lakeside Halls, taking up 1.2 million net square feet of space altogether. To register, visit www.packexpo.com.
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