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President’s Message

November 2020

“Big thinking precedes great achievement.”
~ Wilfred Peterson

The above quote is a perfect way to describe the recent announcement by the leadership of the Association regarding our new joint show partnership with Messe Frankfurt.

As most of you recall, nearly ten years ago we launched our own independent, stand alone trade show: PROCESS EXPO. The vision of the membership at the time was to become the premier Food & Beverage Processing and Packaging show in North America. Over the years PROCESS EXPO has succeed in not only hosting successful shows but also building partnerships among the industry’s most influential buyers and sellers within the food processing and packaging industries.

Our show which was developed and owned exclusively by the members of the Association and held every other year in the fall at McCormick Place in Chicago, continues to be a proven high-quality investment which yields exceptional results for both exhibitors and attendees. And, like every prosperous business, the Association’s leadership is on a constant quest to find pathways and seek opportunities to provide impactful changes that will add enhancements and improvements to our exhibition. Our joint press release on May 5th informing our membership that Messe Frankfurt, one of the world’s largest show organizers, would be managing PROCESS EXPO 21 was yet another example of creating an even more productive and successful event.

Likewise, the latest announcement of the Association entering into a joint strategic partnership venture with Messe Frankfurt is an added great milestone in our quest to truly become the Americas’ largest horizontal trade show in the food and packaging industry. I greatly applaud the “big thinking” vision, extensive efforts, and the resolve that the Association’s leadership took to ensure that this “great achievement” — an expanded, enhanced, and now truly global PROCESS EXPO, will become a reality. Expect to continue to hear more details, not merely regarding PROCESS EXPO 21, but about how we, together with our new partner Messe Frankfurt, will produce even bigger and better shows.

Please never hesitate to continue to reach out to me directly at [email protected] or at 703/663-1200 with any questions.

As always, please continue to be safe and healthy. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


David Seckman