Food Processing Industry Events Calendar

February 2016 Events

Food Processing Expo 2016

February 17-18, Sacramento, California

Food Processing Expo 2016 is California’s largest tradeshow devoted exclusively to food processing and  will include a dynamic array of topical food industry workshops, educational sessions and speakers, along with an expansive trade show featuring more than 250 exhibitors. Supermarket Guru and Food Industry Expert Phil Lempert will be the featured speaker and will address “How Consumers and Retailers Are Changing the Food World: The Battle for the American Meal.” A  Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) workshop will be held on Feb. 18.  FSMA is ushering in the most sweeping reforms of food safety laws in more than 70 years. For more information

TPA Supply Chain Conference 2016

February 22-24, New Orleans, LA

Over 500 retailers, manufacturers, and solution providers will convene for a joint conference filled with idea-stimulating educational sessions, interactive exhibits with the latest technology and relationship-building. For more information

GMA Legal Conference 2016

February 23-25, Rancho Mirage, CA

The GMA Legal Conference is the preeminent gathering for consumer packaged goods professionals exclusively focused on issues that affect food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers. Top in-house counsel, defense attorneys and regulatory experts will cover a wide array of legal topics, with an emphasis on how to protect the company brand from litigation risks and complying with government regulations. For more information

Qualified Individual Training for Preventive Controls for Human Food

February 25-27, Katy, Texas

This workshop will prepare participants for the regulatory changes coming under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) preventive controls rule for human food, including the development and implementation of the required Food Safety Plan. The food industry should comply with the preventive controls rules within FSMA beginning in the Fall of 2016, so preparations to meet those requirements should begin immediately. For more information

March 2016 Events

Research Chefs Associates Annual Conference

March 8-11, Denver

Join more than 1,200 of the top food product development professionals in Denver, Colorado, for a conference centered on top-notch food, killer education and the best in Culinology Read More

Natural Products Expo West

March 9-13, Anaheim, CA

NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST is where new products turn into record profits, relationship building and ROI is always high, and brand awareness builds momentum with each better business practice. Experience with over 3000 exhibits from over 1,800 different companies showcasing the newest products in natural and specialty foods, organic, health and beauty, natural living, supplements and pet products. >> Learn More

IFSH Better Process Control School

March 14-17, Illinois Institute of Technology

The BPCS program is an important and valuable educational opportunity for mid-level managers and employees of food processing plants that utilize thermal processing. The course is an excellent platform to improve food safety training for food safety and quality assurance personnel, individuals who work with canned and flexible packaged food products, academia, and government auditors and inspectors. >> For more information

2016 Ohio Food Industry Summit

March 17, Lewis Center, Ohio

Product development trends, open innovation, continuous improvement, supply chain and packaging and other topics will be addressed at this annual event, sponsored by the Center for Innovative Food Technology. Keynote speaker Austin Kozman, director-open innovation & alliance management for Pepsico, will discuss challenges and opportunities of open innovation at the food & beverage conglomerate.>>For more information

Snaxpo 2016

March 19-22, Houston

SNAXPO is the Snack Food Association's annual trade show devoted exclusively to the international snack food industry. SNAXPO showcases the latest equipment, technology, ingredients, products and services aimed at improving snack manufacturer's operations. >> Learn More

April 2016 Events

Supply Side Marketplace

April 27-29, Orlando

SupplySide Ingredient Marketplace will showcase a wide range of products and services related to agriculture & forestry, food & beverage sectors from the leading exhibitors. Over 350 exhibitors are expected at this event to showcase their products and services. Learn More

May 2016

2016 Food Safety Summit

May 10-11, Rosemont, Ill.

The Food Safety Summit Conference and Exhibition delivers the most comprehensive array of resources to help you learn and implement effective strategies for safeguarding your business. Learn more

Food Microbiology Short Course

May 17-19, 2016, Penn State University, University Park, PA

The Food Microbiology Short course provides insight into the most recent developments of food-borne pathogens, toxins, and contaminants that may occur in a food plant environment. The short course is delivered in classroom and laboratory environments and includes a mixture of theory, demonstrations, and practical sessions on the fundamentals of food microbiology and food safety. Attendees can develop a detailed understanding of the methods used to isolate important spoilage microorganisms and food-borne pathogens and the role of food microbiologist in ensuring safe food products. The program provides a basic understanding of the ecology of microorganisms in foods, detection, enumeration, isolation, and identification of pathogens and/or their toxins such as E. coli O157:H7, Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter, spoilage and mycotoxigneic fungi, and mycotoxins. For more information

NRA Show 2016 - National Restaurant Association

May 21-24, Chicago

Discover. Learn. Connect. Whether you want to try out new equipment, brush up on emerging trends, collaborate with more than 42,000 foodservice pros, or get hands-on culinary training, NRA Show has what you need. Learn more 

2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo

May 24-26, Chicago

Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the Expo is the candy & snacks industry's most successful, world class event and the only show that represents all of the major U.S. distribution channels of confectionery and snack products in one location. Learn more

June 2016

International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association 2016 Trade Show

June 5-7, Houston

The IDDBA conducts an annual trade show that attracts over 8,500 registrants, includes over 1800 exhibit booths, features a state-of-the-industry merchandising center, and offers top speakers such as business leaders, key policy makers, and legislative leaders. IDDBA's annual seminar & expo features the finest in dairy, deli and bakery: new products, new suppliers, new contacts, new (and old) buyers, and new ideas. This conference rotates geographically around the U.S. Learn more

2ND International Conference on Food Safety and Regulatory Measures

June 6-8, London, UK

Food Safety-2016 refers to the conditions and practices that preserve the quality of food to prevent contamination and food-borne illnesses. The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA educates consumers about the importance of safe food handling and how to reduce the risks associated with foodborne illness. Responsibility for food safety is shared by everyone involved with food from production to consumption, including growers, processors, regulators, distributors, retailers and consumers. Learn more

FMI Connect

June 20-23, Chicago

FMI Connect is the annual event where food retailers of all kinds, wholesalers, merchandisers, operations people, CIOs and CTOs—in other words, you—can go for ideas, products, partnerships and professional development. From the FMI Expo to the education sessions, everything at FMI Connect is designed to help you stay relevant, stay ahead of your customers’ changing tastes and increase your profitability. The ultimate goal is to motivate one more family meal at home each week. Learn more

United Fresh 2016

June 20-22, Chicago

Fresh food trends, new produce items and leading-edge processing technology for fruits and vegetables will be on display at the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual convention and expo. The event is collocated at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center with three other industry events: FMI Connect, the International Floriculture Expo and the Global Cold Chain Expo, a new event designed for managers of refrigerated transportation and cold storage facilities. Registrants to United Fresh 2016 will have access to all four events. For an additional fee, attendees get an all-access pass for admittance to Fresh Foods: The Retail Revolution, an educational program that focuses on trends, innovations and examples of how fresh produce and other foods are impacting retail channels. Learn more

July 2016

IFT Food Expo 2016

July 16-19, Chicago

Discover the industry's largest collection of food ingredients, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all under one roof. This is where the latest global food trends — and the products and innovations designed to address them — are on display. Learn more

November 2016

Midwest Food Processors Association 112th Annual Convention and 89th Processing Crops Conference

November 29–December 1, Wisconsin Dells, WI

MWFPA's annual convention and processing crops conference is one of the largest gatherings in the Midwest devoted exclusively to food processing. The purpose of the convention is to bring the industry together by offering an event with exhibits featuring machinery, equipment, supplies, services and vendors with innovative products for the industry. In addition to the exhibits, the convention includes numerous informative sessions and networking events that ensure there is something of interest for everyone in the food processing industry. >> For more information

Anytime/Online

Better Process Control School

The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Science and Education Foundation (GMA SEF) works with a network of educational institutions to provide Better Process Control School (BPCS) to employees of food processing plants.  The GMA SEF also offers customized, onsite BPCS training in plants. The GMA SEF publication, Canned Foods: Principles of Thermal Process Control, Acidification, and Container Course Evaluation (8th Edition) is the only FDA approved text in the instruction of Better Process Control. For more information, E-mail avasan@gmaonline.org, call (202) 637 4810, or go online.