Food Processing Industry Events Calendar

January 2015 Events

Northwest Food Processors Expo & Conference

January 12-14, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore.

Industry focused leading edge topics will be spotlighted during conference sessions on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. These in-depth 90 minutes breakouts deliver engaging content on current policy and the latest trends in food manufacturing and processing.

Or join session leaders for 20-minute sessions in the FredTalks theater on the trade show floor. These focused mini-sessions target real-time issues for established food processors and new upcoming companies in the food processing industry.

7th Annual NW Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit

January 14, Portland, OR

The region's premier gathering of industries and energy interests working together to advance northwest industrial competitiveness through energy efficiency at the 7th Annual NW Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit.

The program will feature a dynamic keynote with inspiring ideas for Summit attendees. Also, back by popular demand, the Overview of the Northwest Programs and Resources provides opportunities for one-on-one discussions with energy program providers about training, services and incentives that can help you save energy.

Sessions are focused on practical applications of energy efficient technologies in both electricity and natural gas. Energy experts and industry peers present real-life energy savings success stories and challenges. Network with other companies and learn from their experiences. >> Learn More

FMI Midwinter Executive Conference

January 24-27, Miami Beach, FL

The FMI Midwinter Executive Conference is a dynamic, invitation-only annual gathering, designed for senior-level executives in the food retail industry. This prestigious event brings together prominent executives from around the country to share experiences and lessons learned. FMI Midwinter offers exceptional opportunities to establish and foster relationships at lively networking events, gather new ideas, and gain fresh perspectives at industry-relevant business sessions. Hear about critical industry issues, the latest trends and effective business strategies from industry experts during the content-rich education program. The Midwinter Executive Conference is the only venue where a diverse group of top industry leaders, including CPG retailers, wholesalers, independent operators, suppliers, and manufacturers, converge to gain insights relevant to the success of their businesses – and yours. Last year, nearly 1,000 top-level executives attended this important event – another record turnout. >> Learn More

IFPAC 2015 - Food Quality, Safety & Analysis

January 25-28, Arlington, VA, (Washington, DC)

The IFPAC Food Symposium is an important component of the IFPAC Annual Conference. Representatives from the FDA, USDA, NIST, industry leaders and academia from across the globe and more will be in attendance to review the latest advances in using Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) to achieve and maintain food quality, safety & control.

The IFPAC Food Symposium bridges with the IFPAC annual event, which brings in case studies from industries using PAT for nearly 60 years; and experience from the Onsite Analysis event in doing field analytics, microbial detection, and the latest handheld instrumentation; providing further opportunities to hear lessons learned that can be applied in the food industry. >> Learn More

February 2015 Events

Food Processing Expo 2015

February 18-19, Sacramento, Calif.

With more than 230 exhibitors and 2000 attendees, Food Processing Expo is the largest tradeshow in California devoted exclusively to food processing.  The purpose of the Expo is to bring the industry together by offering a tradeshow floor with exhibits featuring machinery, equipment, supplies, services and other vendors with innovative products for the industry. >> Learn More

March 2015 Events

SGS Special Session at the Global Food Safety Conference 2015

March 3-5, Malaysia

SGS will host a Special Session and showcase its unique food safety solutions in this international event. The event will take place from 3-5 March 2015, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. The Global Food Safety Conference is a leading annual event that brings over 800 leading food safety specialists in the food and agriculture industry, such as manufacturers and retailers, as well as food related associations and government agencies from over 50 countries to advance Food Safety globally. The Conference provides the opportunity to meet and network with industry peers, share knowledge, benefit from thought-provoking presentations from internationally reputed industry experts and hear innovative ideas to implement in your organization. The chosen conference theme is “Food Safety: A Shared Responsibility.” >> Learn more

Natural Products Expo West

March 5-8, 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

Better Process Control School

March 16-19, Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

The Better Process Control School (BPCS) of The Ohio State University Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center is an FDA, USDA, and FSIS required course for processors of low-acid or acidified foods. BPCS satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations designed to prevent public health problems in low-acid and acidified low-acid canned foods. All processors of these food products must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. Upon completion, the four-day course certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification, and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods. Additionally, BPCS is an excellent food safety training for processing and quality assurance supervisors, academia personnel working with canned and flexible packed food products, government auditors and inspectors. >> Learn More

Food Microbiology Workshop

March 24-26, University of Nebraska, Food Processing Center

The Food Microbiology Workshop will focus on the basics of food safety and the microbiological testing methods commonly used by the food industry. The workshop, presented by the University of Nebraska Food Processing Center will provide basic food microbiology training to those individuals working in testing laboratories, with no formal training in microbiology.  Faculty and staff experts from the University of Nebraska Department of Food Science and the Food Processing Center will present lectures and interactive sessions to workshop participants. In addition, experts from many of the leading Rapid Pathogen Detection equipment manufacturers will be present to provide demonstrations and overviews of the latest technology. >> Learn More

Anuga FoodTec

March 24-27, Cologne, Germany

The seventh edition of the triennial international trade show, sponsored by Koelnmesse GmbH and the German Agricultural Society (DLG), is expected to draw 43,000 visitors and 1,400 exhibitors from 40 countries. Seven halls totaling more than 1.3 million sq. ft. will host suppliers of food & beverage equipment and technology in the areas of processing, food safety, services and solutions, ingredients and packaging, which is receiving special attention through a joint promotional effort with PMMI, sponsor of Pack Expo. A concurrent conference organized by DLG will focus on topics such as freezing technology, bakery technology, beverage stabilization and sterilization of fresh produce. >> Learn More

RCA Annual Conference and Culinology Expo, The Future of Food

March 24-27, New Orleans

The RCA is heading back to the Big Easy for its 2015 Annual Conference & Culinology Expo. Join the Annual Conference in March and at networking, education and foodie-inspired events all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the year.The New Orleans food scene is more than just creole and Cajun. This city is steeping in a rich culinary history and unique perspective on food and drink. The bars have no closing hour, the food is spicy and the music is always pulsing. >> Learn More

Snaxpo 2015

March 28-31, Orlando, FL

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

2015 Clean Label Conference

March 31-April 1, Itasca, IL

2015 Clean Label Conference---Sophisticated Solutions for Simplified Products describes this product development event focused on delivering food science-based solutions to the challenges of developing consumer friendly and simplified foods and beverages. >> Learn More

April 2015 Events

NFRA Executive Conference

April 13-15, Tempe, AZ

A professional development conference featuring top frozen and refrigerated food industry speakers exploring the latest consumer and industry trends. Visit www.NFRAExecutiveConference.org for more information.

SGS New Webinar: BRC Agents and Brokers

April 14, Online

This one hour complimentary webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) explores the new BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers, the product groups it covers and an overview of the requirements on traceability throughout the supply chain. Learn more on the SGS website

McCloud Services’ Annual Pest Invasion Food Safety Seminar

April 21, 2015, Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center, Oakbrook, Ill.

McCloud Services, a leading pest management company based in South Elgin, Ill. that protects more than half of the largest food-related brands nationwide, will host its annual Pest Invasion premier food industry pest management seminar on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center in Oakbrook, Ill. Attendees at the all-day seminar can expect to learn information on timely topics related to pests and other contamination concerns for the food supply chain of custody, including public health  importance as well as FDA regulations, food borne illness and security. Pest Invasion brings together individuals from the entire food supply chain of custody, including food industry, pest management and environmental health professionals. To register and see who this year’s featured speakers are, please visit: www.regonline.com/pestinvasion2015

17th International Halal Food Conference

April 13-15, Schaumburg, Ill

This 17th conference will discuss key issues within the halal food industry, including halal regulations in importing countries, harmonizing standards, accrediting certification bodies, critical ingredients, the halal gelatin shortage, alcohol use in the flavor industry, animal welfare, global halal trade and more. >> Learn more

WFFC Chicago A Taste of Deerfields – A Sensory Journey

April, 22; Deerfields Bakery

Join us for the ultimate sensory experience where you will enjoy delicious Italian cuisine, an assortment of wonderful desserts, and a tour of Deerfields Bakery.   Tim Schmitt from Deerfields Bakery and John Sciarretta from the Italian Kitchen will do a joint presentation on how they have turned their local businesses into “A Sensory Journey.” >> Learn more about the event 

Food Safety Summit

April 28-30, Baltimore Convention Center, MD

The Food Safety Summit is a solutions-based conference and expo designed to meet the educational and information needs of the entire food industry. >> Learn More

Agritech 2015

April 28-30, Tel Aviv, Israel

Brief description: Agritech 2015 is Israel’s premiere agriculture technology innovation showcase, held only once every three years.  This year’s focus is on postharvest food processing and food security.  Meet with entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts at Agritech.  For more information, please contact Daniel Cohen at Daniel.cohen@israeltrade.gov.il or visit http://agritech.org.il/

May 2015 Events

Pennsylvania Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians 76th Annual Meeting (PAMFES)

May 6-7, State College, PA

This two-day program for sanitarians, lab managers, plant managers, regulatory personnel and milk haulers will cover engaging topics for all involved in getting milk safely from the farm to the table. The topics for this year's PAMFES Food Safety Certificate Program are sanitation SSOP's and recall programs. Website: http://agsci.psu.edu/pamfes Contact: csco@psu.edu or 877-778-2937

Extrusion Workshop

May 19-21, University of Nebraska, Food Processing Center

The Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is presenting an Extrusion Workshop specifically designed for the food industry May 19-21.

The three day Extrusion Workshop is an introductory, hands-on workshop combining extrusion theory and techniques with pilot plant exercises emphasizing real-world product development in a variety of food categories. The workshop combines lectures and pilot plant demonstrations which allows attendees to learn, actively participate and observe extrusion equipment in operation. >> Learn More

Food Microbiology Short Course

May 19-21, 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. >> Learn More

NCA Sweets and Snacks Expo

May 19-21, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

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

THAIFEX Word of Food Asia 2015

May 20-24, Bangkok, Thailand

THAIFEX – World of food ASIA 2015 will be the world-class food-industry showcase in Asia to meet, establish your new business networks and to heighten your success. This one-stop food exhibition will feature latest food producing technologies, food safety standards, related businesses and services, as well as, a most fascinating culinary experience from the world of food. >> Learn More

June 2015

Fundamentals of Food Science

June 1-4, Penn State University

This course teaches core concepts of Food Science. It is designed for technical personnel from other disciplines (chemistry, biology, engineering) and nontechnical personnel who have little or no experience in the food industry. You will learn vocabulary associated with food science and manufacturing, and learn the core principles of food chemistry, engineering, microbiology, nutrition, sensory science, and packaging taught in the context of real-world food examples. >> Learn More

IDDBA

June 7-9, Atlanta, GA

This is the largest show for the dairy, deli, bakery, and foodservice professional. The retail buyers, merchandisers, brokers, distributors, and manufacturers come from all over the world for this important buying and educational event. >> Learn More

Food and Airborne Fungi and Mycotoxin Short Course

June 9-11, Penn State University, University Park, PA

The Food and Airborne Fungi and Mycotoxins Short Course is designed to introduce participants to a basic understanding of molds, yeasts, and mycotoxins that may occur in foods and in processing environments. The short course is delivered in a classroom and laboratory environment and includes a mixture of theory, demonstrations, and laboratory activities. Participants will develop a detailed understanding of the methods used to isolate, detect, and identify food and airborne fungi and mycotoxins. The program also provides a basic understanding of the ecology of fungi in foods and processing environments. >> Learn More

Food & Beverage Plant Automation, Networking & Data Integration Congress 2015

June 30 – July 1, Houston

The First Dedicated Plant Automation, Networking And Data Integration Congress Specifically For The Food And Beverage Industry – led by Chobani, Goya Foods, Snyder's Lance, Sargento Foods, Ardent Mills, Rich Products Corporation & more. Integrating Plant Floor Data Into Enterprise Networks, Optimizing Controls Systems Maintenance & Applying The Latest Wireless Communications & MES Technologies To Develop Food & Beverage Plant Automation & Plant Networking Strategies Which Maximise The Availability & Real Time Visibility Of Data That Can Be Used To Drive Effective Business Decisions. Learn more

July 2015 Events

UK AD & Biogas 2015

July 1-2, Birmingham

The UK's only dedicated anaerobic digestion and biogas trade show will be taking place in July 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham. Showcasing the latest AD technology and services from 250 exhibitors, the show will also feature a free two-day conference, free seminar sessions, one-to-one advice clinics, an R&D Hub, a biomethane vehicle area and more. With 3,000 visitors from key sectors including food and drink, waste management, farming, transport, local authorities, utilities and more, UK AD & Biogas provides the perfect platform to network with the who’s who of the industry. Plus, 2015’s event will play host to our fourth UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards. >> Learn more

IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo

July 11 –July 14, Chicago

The IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo is the only annual event that brings together the brightest minds and the most respected food professionals from around the world in industry, government, and academia. From trendsetters in product development to senior-level executives from the world’s top food companies to department heads from leading universities, you’ll find them at IFT15. >> Learn More

Food and Agribusiness Management Program

July 21-31, Cornell University

The Food and Agri Business Management Program from Cornell University and Sathguru Management Consultants is arranged every year to keep pace with the dynamically changing agri business sector worldwide. During the course of this program participants explore the economic, environmental, and social issues that profoundly impact the agribusiness industry. The course is meticulously designed and provides executives with knowledge and essential cross-industry outlook globally. As this exclusive program brings together senior level executives which include producers, manufacturers, marketers, retailers, bankers, policymakers, service providers and also distinguished academicians, it offers a thorough exposure and valuable opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills. Taking part in the Food and Agri Business Management Program which is the fifteenth in the series will help the professionals as well as the respective organizations in keeping track of the recent trends, innovations and best practicesin the industry which in turn will help them take confident and bold strides in leading the agri-business industry towards a more profitable future. >> Learn More

2015 Ag Supply Chain School and Field Tour

July 28-30; Visalia, Calif.

The 2015 Ag Supply Chain School and Field Tour will bring agri-business and food industry personnel directly to the field for three days of on-farm interactions and discussions in one of the most intensive agricultural production regions in the world. This course is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see agriculture and learn about the local, national and international issues driving the global food system. This shortcourse is open to the public and for anyone that wants to gain an understanding of basic production practices, food processing operations and the network of supply chains that provide food and fiber to the global marketplace. Current and emerging technical, environmental and labor challenges will be highlighted. >> Read more about the event

August 2015 Events

Introductory HACCP

August 19-20, The Ohio State University

This two-day workshop is an introduction to Hazard, Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) designed for food safety professionals, quality assurance team members, regulatory agency officials, and academic instructors with a specialty in food processing operations.

Topics covered:

  • Hazard Analysis
  • Identifying Critical Control Points
  • Establishing Critical Limits
  • Monitoring the Critical Control Points
  • Establishing Corrective Action
  • Record keeping
  • Verification

For more information on the event 

October 2015 Events

National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention

October 10-13, Dallas

A “working” convention that connects over 1,300 top executives for the purpose of conducting one-on-one business meetings with their trading partners. The convention allows attendees to meet with dozens of companies of their choosing in just a few days. Visit www.NFRAweb.org for more information.

Food Safety & Sanitation Short Course for Food Manufacturers

October 13-15, University Park, PA

The Penn State Food Safety and Sanitation for Food Manufacturers Short Course is a comprehensive 2 1/2-day program on the essentials of sanitation in food processing plants. This educational opportunity is offered for those who are developing in-house food safety programs and want to upgrade their knowledge of the science and technology of cleaning, sanitizing, and pest control.  Lectures and lab sessions focus on control of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, plant and equipment design, safe handling of chemical products, allergen control, and educational strategies to get your workers involved and committed to your food safety plan. For more information

2015 Formulating for Value Conference

October 27, Itasca, Ill.

The 2015 Formulating for Value Conference is an in-person, product development event for R&D, application food scientists and others responsible for the formulation of packaged foods.The Conference will provide unique insights into product development strategies and practical, real-world formulation advice on working with high-value ingredients to help manage overall product costs. This conference provides you and your R&D team with a specialized tool box of solutions to effectively design foods valued by consumers. 16 total sessions are featured in this moderately-priced, one day event. They include an impressive lineup of seven general session speakers offering impartial advice on ingredient synergies and formulation strategies for various applications. Additionally, nine Technology Snapshot sessions will each focusing on characteristics of specific high-value ingredients to help manage bottom line formulation costs will be available. >> Learn more

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: csco@psu.edu; 877-778-2937; Registration: http://agsci.psu.edu/cheese-making

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

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