Pack Expo/FPME Preview

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Packaging, food machinery by the lake


Pack Expo, FPME at Chicago’s

McCormick Place
Nov. 7-11.


Don’t let your fear of brisk weather keep you away from the Windy City Nov. 7-11 when Chicago hosts Pack Expo International and the Food Processing Machinery Expo (formerly IEFP, now FPM).

This year’s co-located shows are sure to provide food and beverage manufacturers with the latest and greatest in packaging and processing technology. Pack Expo will showcase exhibitors’ advances in packaging machinery, converting machinery, materials, packages and containers, and components. FPM exhibitors will demonstrate processing equipment for the fruit and vegetable, beverage, canning/freezing, environmental, instrumentation, prepared foods, can making, meat, dairy and snack food industries.

These biennially co-located shows attract qualified buyers representing every market segment of the food industry from all corners of the U.S. More than 50,000 attendees are expected, including 6,000-plus international visitors from more than 75 countries.


What’s new at the show?

A lot is new. Many Pack Expo attendees will want to visit the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Pavilion, where total supply chain RFID solutions will be highlighted. RFID is the cutting edge of automatic identification and is driving critical changes in distribution and packaging. With that come new hurdles, new choices and new challenges. Included in the exhibits will be technologies to upgrade conventional lines into RFID-enabled packaging lines capable of applying multi-pack, case and pallet tags online; as well as advances designed to verify the presence of tags, write to the tags and validate data on the tags.

Another hot button will be addressed by the Packaging Security Resource Center, also new at this year’s show. The need to protect packaging and packaging operations against the threats of bioterrorism, counterfeiting and product adulteration is perhaps more real today than it has ever been before. The Packaging Security Resource Center brings together a select group of qualified security specialists, including professionals from leading packaging-security technology companies, service providers and government stakeholders, to provide guidance and answer your questions.

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