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President’s Message – July 2019

It is a mere 100 days before the opening of PROCESS EXPO and like all of you who are exhibitors, we are working diligently to provide you with critical tools and information that will help to make this show the best PROCESS EXPO ever. I want to share with you several key aspects and information regarding the show that will assist all of us in achieving that goal.

First, we know that 2019 is a very busy show year for the food and beverage industry and PROCESS EXPO is here to provide you with information throughout the year in the most cost effective way. The PROCESS EXPO Exhibitor Success Program is a 5-step program to help you with your trade show needs. Visit for access to resources such as schedule/planning tools, white papers, and webinars. We encourage you to sign up for our upcoming webinars!

Second, I want to make sure that you are aware of the expansion of our production lines at the show. Based upon the tremendous success at PROCESS EXPO 17 of two meat and a bakery line our Councils have come together and greatly enhanced the offering for 2019.

This year’s show will feature lines producing and packaging ground beef patties, frozen pizzas, sliced pepperoni, sliced cheese and our latest announcement – kibble for the pet food segment. The production lines were a major draw for PROCESS EXPO when first announced in 2017 and continue to be a highlight of the exceptional processing and packaging technology on display on our show floor. By placing these popular displays on the perimeter of the show floor, we are actively guiding attendee foot traffic throughout the hall with the goal of providing more exposure for all exhibitors. This is a show floor activity that you don’t see at any other industry trade shows and truly sets PROCESS EXPO in a class by itself.

Third, the FPSA Women’s Alliance Network (WAN) has added another great component to PROCESS EXPO with the inclusion of the Network’s Red Circle Honors where they will recognize the achievements of women in the food and beverage industry and a company that supports women’s advancement in their careers. Honors will be awarded in four categories to: 1) a female “Rising Star” with less than five years’ experience who has made a noticeable impact in the industry; 2) a woman who has brought “Innovation and Inspiration” to her company and/or the industry through the introduction of new products, technology, programs, etc.; 3) a woman who has exemplified “Career Excellence” as an industry leader, motivator, and mentor; and 4) an FPSA member company whose “Achievement in Developing and Promoting Women” has led to gender balance in the workplace. The honorees will be highlighted at the WAN Breakfast at PROCESS EXPO on Thursday, October 10. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 16.

Visit for full details and to submit a nomination.

Fourth, since the launch of the FPSA Job Board in March, 50 member companies have posted over 80 job announcements. We encourage you to use this free member service in addition to other tools you use to recruit talent. As PROCESS EXPO is approaching we will be heavily promoting it to both attendees and exhibitors and are confident that it will receive a great deal of traffic. The Job Board will be incorporated into the show Mobile App and featured at the FPSA Member Booth so potential candidates will be able to view and respond to postings during the week of the show. If you have not previewed it, click here and if you have any questions contact Dolores Alonso at [email protected].

Lastly, I hope you have signed up and are utilizing the VIP Guest Invites Program. This very easy-to-use and customer friendly program will help you invite customers and prospects to the show – and we all know that the number one reason that attendees register and attend the show is because they receive an invite from you. Don’t hesitate to contact Nicole McKenzie at [email protected] with any questions and if we can provide you with any assistance.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or at 703/663-1200 with any questions on how we can help you have the best PROCESS EXPO ever, or if the Association can be of any assistance.


David Seckman