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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
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
Food and beverage manufacturers will find inspiration for future product rollouts at the Showcase of Packaging Innovations. This pavilion features the year’s most innovative and award-winning package designs. Designs showcased include winners of the Clear Choice Awards, AmeriStar Awards and the National Paperboard Packaging Competition.
Both Pack Expo and FPM are running conferences on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For Pack Expo, a complete program of topics and schedule can be found at http://pei2004.packexpo.com. Daily topics focus on RFID, operations, robotics, security, materials, containers, flexible packaging, plastics, closures and Electronic Product Codes (EPC). Some sessions are general information for all consumer goods, whereas others focus on specific segments, with one of those segments being food and beverage.
One of the “eye opener” sessions ( Monday) will be “The Hormel Foods Ingenuity Imperative: How and Why the Company Pushes for Product and Packaging Innovation,” by Hormel President/COO Jeff Ettinger.
FPM’s conference is dedicated to food safety and sanitation with somewhat sequential sessions Monday through Wednesday. Details can be found at www.fpmsa.org/FPMExpo.
For example, Monday morning’s “Trends in Sanitary Equipment Design: Principles & Practices” will explore how food manufacturers and equipment manufacturers can successfully work together to conduct risk assessment and decide hygienic requirements for improved and cost-effective food processing equipment. It will include identifying the relevant hazards (microbiological, chemical and physical) associated with the products produced and determining the design methods/measures that can eliminate hazards or reduce their risk.
The second seminar runs on Tuesday and focuses on “Advances in Equipment Cleaning and Sanitation Technology.” The FPM conference wraps on Wednesday with “Effective Sanitary Facility Design for the Food Processing Plant.”
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Show Hours (both):
Sunday-Wednesday (Nov. 7-10)
Thursday (Nov. 11)
Pack Expo -- Monday-Wednesday
Food Processing Machinery -- Monday-Wednesday