ProFood Tech 2019 impressively succeeded in establishing itself as the exclusive event for food and beverage processing on the US market. At the second edition from 26.-28.03.19 in Chicago, 414 exhibitors took advantage of the opportunity, which is unique in North America, to present their products and services in this section to the trade audience. Overall about 5,000 trade visitors took part in the event. From the view of the ProFood Tech exhibitors, above all the good quality of the visitors was of central importance for the success of the trade fair: The number of final decision makers in purchasing increased by almost 45 % and the number of visitors with final or significant decision making authority in purchasing rose by about 42 % in comparison to the first edition. Furthermore, ProFood Tech 2019 impressed with its augmented level of internationality: The number of countries the exhibitors originated from increased by 50 % up to 24 and the number of countries the trade visitors came from by 13 % up to 78. This year new exhibitors came from Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, France, India, Lithuania, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand and the Ukraine. In addition, four international joint participations from China, France, India and Taiwan were represented.
The growing level of internationality confirms the relevance of the event even beyond the NAFTA region and underlines the exporting industry’s need for a processing event in the USA exclusively for the food and beverage industry. “We are delighted that we have been able to transfer the success of the role model of the leading global trade fair Anuga FoodTec (AFT) over to ProFood Tech 2019 and correspondingly to the NAFTA region. As such, we have reacted to the demand of the customers of our national and worldwide FoodTec trade fairs to also establish a leading trade fair for food and beverage production technology in the USA. Our global networking in the scope of AFT and the worldwide trade fair portfolio has contributed towards augmenting the level of internationality and thus to the remarkable success of this event,” summed up Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. “The second edition of ProFood Tech had strong exhibitor commitments from the start, reaffirming the market’s desire for a comprehensive processing event in North America,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies and the producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows. “We are proud that through our strategic partnership Page 2/5 with Koelnmesse and the International Dairy Foods Association, we were able to offer a show that met the needs of processing professionals, brought the industry together and addressed the most critical issues and challenges.” And Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO, IDFA emphasised: “We’d like to thank the exhibitors, Partner Program participants and other speakers who presented their innovative products, inventive solutions and enlightening experiences in the Knowledge Hub. These interactive discussions highlighted only a few of the wide range of technologies and insights offered at this second edition of ProFood Tech. Attendees now have new supplier contacts and applications from other industries that they can use to address the unique challenges facing their businesses.”
The exhibitors presented their innovative portfolio in the segments Baking & Snacks, Beverages, Confectionery, Dairy, Fruit & Vegetables, Grain, Mill & Cereal, Ingredients, Meat, Poultry and Seafood, Pet Food and Prepared Foods. The relevance of the event is reflected by the participation of numerous key players such as ABB Inc., Azo Inc., Alpma, Chr. Hansen, Delkor, Galdi Srl, GEA Harpak-Ulma, Huhtamaki, Polypack, Schubert North America, Poul Tarp A/S, Serac, Südpack Verpackungen GmbH, Tavil and Tetra Pak. Alongside the participation of significant companies from the NAFTA area, among others through the presence of the subsidiaries of important European headquarters, the direct applications from Europe also demonstrated the significance of the largest food market in the world for these companies. ProFood Tech is jointly organised by Koelnmesse, the PMMI (Association for Packaging and Processing Technology) and the IDFA (International Association of the Dairy Industry).
The next ProFood Tech will take place from 23.-25.02.2021 in Chicago.