Food Processing Industry Events Calendar

November 2015 Events

2015 SQF International Conference

November 3-5, Indianapolis, IN

The annual SQF International Conference provides a unique and valuable opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to strengthen your food safety and food quality assurance programs, collaborate and connect with people who speak your language and enhance your professional career. The conference will increase your ability to protect your consumers, branding and bottom line, ensure that you and your company are fully prepared to implement SQF code changes and program improvements coming in 2016 and provide detailed information on, and analysis of, the FSMA final rules due out in October 2015. Learn more

HACCP Plan Development for Food Processors

November 4-6, New Brunswick, NJ

Discover the basic concepts of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system and learn what it takes to develop a thorough plan to better support you and your company. The hands-on, three-day workshop will take you through the steps and teach you how to create and implement a successful HACCP program. By implementing a successful plan, your facility can avoid the costs and liability associated with food contamination. HACCP principles help your employees understand the reasons behind your food safety controls, making it easier for them to do their job. It also leads to faster, more thorough product inspections, helping your facility earn a reputation for effective food safety.

This workshop meets the educational requirements cited in both the FDA regulation requiring HACCP for sea foods (21CFR123) and the USDA rule on Pathogen Reduction and HACCP (9CFR304 et al.). The HACCP strategies presented include those proposed by the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. Participants who successfully complete this program will receive a certificate of completion affixed with the IHA seal.  For more information

GMA Efficient and Effective Product Recall Management

11/5, White Wave Foods Innovation Center - Louiseville, CO

GMA's course, designed for food and CPG manufacturers, is the only educational source that specifically helps manage both communications and logistics of product recalls. Presented in conjunction with Inmar and GS1 US, attendees will prepare for managing a recall from system components, obligations to federal and state agencies, notifying customers, to product handling and disposition.

Sponsor Organization: Grocery Manufacturers Association, Inmar, GS1US. To register or for more information

The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course

November 9-12, University Park, PA

Farmstead and artisan dairy processors and others interested in cheese that take this course will gain knowledge of the materials and processes used to make specialty cheese and learn techniques to improve their business. This 4 day course begins with a focus on the materials used for cheese making. Knowledge of milk composition and milk microbiology combined with good sanitation practices form the foundation for consistent manufacture of high quality cheese. For more information: Email:; 877-778-2937; Registration:

FoodPex 2015, International Food Processing and Packaging Exhibition

November 17 - 20, Shanghai, China

FoodPex 2015 will display the latest technology for food processing, packaging, automated/smart packaging solutions and food safety. The event features a USA Pavilion supported by the Food Processing Suplliers' Association (FPSA). >> For more information

2015 Rockwell Automation Fair

November 18-19, Chicago

Through nine industry forums, user group meetings, 86 technical sessions and 19 hands-on labs offered for free, Rockwell Automation experts, partners, customers and other industry professionals will share insights on connected enterprise solutions that enable working data capital for better collaboration and more profitable decisions across enterprises and supply chains.

Learn how Rockwell Automation and its partners are integrating enabling technologies, including the Internet of Things and industrial mobility, with automation control, power and information software and solutions. You also can discover the latest automation technology at the event’s exposition from Rockwell Automation and more than 100 of its PartnerNetworkTM member companies. Learn more about the event

December 2015

Practical Food Microbiology

December 3-4, New Brunswick, NJ

In this two-day course, you will learn how to avoid microbial contamination and produce safe food products. Our team of expert instructors will take you step-by-step through the science and practice of food safety microbiology and show you what environmental factors influence the growth of pathogens and spoilage organisms in food. You will also learn how to implement a successful, state-of-the-art HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) system to identify points of contamination risk in the manufacturing process, to control and monitor those risks, and how to take corrective actions. For more information

Food Defense Vulnerability Assessment: 3 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

December 10, Online

Preparing for the Intentional Adulteration rule in FSMA is an uncertain business because the final rule is not yet published. But, there are things you can and should be doing now to ensure your food defense plan is FSMA proof. In this webinar, you will 1) learn what is expected by FSMA before conducting your vulnerability assessments 2) Gain new insights on FDA terms and helpful tips as you prepare a food defense strategy 30 Discover tools you can use to conduct a food defense vulnerability assessment that complies with FSMA Learn more

January 2016

Northwest Food Processors Expo & Conference

January 11-13, Portland Ore.

The event attracts a diverse range of people, including CEO’s, plant managers, purchasing managers, production and quality assurance managers, engineers, sales/marketing managers, and production floor personnel-- in addition to entrepreneurs, business developers, energy & sustainability professionals, human resource managers, job seekers, and students. Expo is the perfect place to connect with today’s industry leaders, suppliers and your peers. Learn More

International Production & Processing Exhibition

January 26-28, Atlanta, Ga.

The 2016 IPPE is expected to bring together more than 1,250 exhibitors and over 30,000 attendees in Atlanta from January 26 - 28, 2016. We look forward to seeing you there! Registration for IPPE includes entrance to the trade show exhibits and select education programs. Learn More

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

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

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

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


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, call (202) 637 4810, or go online.

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