PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show Draw Record Attendance
(MCLEAN, VA – November 13, 2013) The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced record attendance at the co-located PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show with total combined registration of 19,155. The two events took place November 3-6, 2013, in Chicago’s McCormick Place and included a total of 829 exhibiting companies occupying 314,600 net square feet.
“We are proud of the tremendous growth that we experienced at this year’s show and how the food and beverage industry has enthusiastically embraced our co-location with the International Dairy Show,” said David Seckman, President and CEO of FPSA. “We have grown our customer audience by 25%, quadrupled the number of VIP companies, and increased our international attendee audience by 40%.”
“IDFA is thrilled with the continued support from our members, exhibitors and attendees from around the world,” said Connie Tipton, President and CEO of IDFA. “The co-location has enhanced and expanded the Dairy Show without sacrificing the dairy focus that is so important to all of our stakeholders. We are delighted to report a 50% increase in our buyer attendance this year while increasing exhibit space by more than 20%.”
FPSA and IDFA recently announced that they will continue to co-locate PROCESS EXPO and the International Dairy Show, with the next event scheduled to take place September 15-18, 2015, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Exhibit sales for both shows were launched at this year’s event, and both organizations reported strong sales to their exhibitors.
The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) is a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries. The Association’s programs and services support member’s success by providing assistance in marketing their products and services, overall improvement in key business practices and many opportunities to network among industry colleagues. Programs and services to achieve these objectives include PROCESS EXPO (industry leading trade show), electronic media marketing, education, market intelligence, research, and advocation of critical industry issues such as food safety, sanitary design of equipment, and global trade. FPSA members are organized in vertical industry councils which focus on specific needs and concerns that are unique to each industry sector. FPSA councils currently represent the Bakery, Beverage, Dairy, Prepared Foods and Meat sectors.
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies within a $125-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA’s nearly 200 dairy processing members run nearly 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85% of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at www.idfa.org.