What’s new at ProFood Tech 2019?

By Jim Cornall contact

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The show also includes 45 hours of educational programming.
The show also includes 45 hours of educational programming.

Related tags: Dairy, Packaging, processing

ProFood Tech, which takes place March 26-28 at McCormick Place, Chicago, will deliver an array of best practices and innovative solutions in processing to food and beverage professionals.

Launched in 2017, ProFood Tech remains the first and only trade show of its kind in North America. The biennial show offers a full range of processing solutions in baking and snack, beverage, frozen and prepared foods, including dairy.

ProFood Tech is powered by three global trade show leaders – PACK EXPO, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) – and will draw 7,000 processing professionals and more than 400 of the world’s top suppliers to its expansive show floor, stacking up to more than 125,000 net square feet. The show’s 45 hours of educational programming will include sessions on regulatory changes, workforce development strategies and shifting consumer trends from leaders in the industry.

Segments of the ProFood Tech event include:

  • The Dairy Pavilion,​ presented by IDFA, offering dairy producers a hub in which to connect with key industry suppliers, see the latest technologies in action, discover industry trends and benefit from exposure to crossover technologies.
  • ProFood Tech Knowledge Hub​, produced by IDFA, is an educational line-up that will address pressing business challenges across all food and beverage sectors with fresh ideas and strategies from respected industry leaders. The Hub will include discussions on best practices for cybersecurity and reducing food waste and deep dives into consumer trends that are changing the food and beverage landscape. Three separate venues will host the free programs on the show floor: the IMPACT Zone, the INNOVATION Zone and the DISRUPTION Zone.
  • The Cold Pressure Council Annual Conference​ is dedicated to high-pressure processing (HPP) and will feature insights from food processors, service providers and supplier experts on HPP best practices, the latest market trends and tips for packaging HPP products. The co-located event will occur March 26-27, 2019.
  • The Innovation Stage​ brings free education to the show floor to inform and inspire attendees. The Innovation Stage includes free, 30-minute seminars throughout the day, presentations by food and beverage processing industry leaders, coverage of breakthrough technologies, innovative applications and proven techniques in a setting that is part lounge, part classroom.
  • The Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN)​ invites attendees to “Leading Change,” an interactive breakfast that will connect peers through networking exercises and shared experiences. Featured speakers Diane Wolf, consultant and former vice president at Kraft Foods, and Karen Norheim, executive vice president at American Crane and Equipment Corporation, will explain how they maneuvered the manufacturing environment to become a driving force of change at their respective companies.

Here are some of the innovations attendees can expect to see at the show: 

Advanced parts for plant wearables enhance efficiency

Fogg Filler Company will present Spartan Parts, its line of improved time- and cost-efficient machine wearables. Spartan Parts feature stainless steel bearings as well as diaphragms designed to prevent delamination and greatly reduce cracking in areas of high stress. The wearables also include lifter bushings available in a variety of materials, and venting tubes that feature automated, sanitary welds improving cleanability and surface finishes.

Pulsed light technology delivers flexibility in a variety of equipment

Claranor presents pulsed light sterilization for flexible packaging that is adaptable across food and beverage industries. The cost-effective technology allows manufacturers to sterilize film, FFS pouches, pillow pouches, stick, spout and closures in a range of flexible packaging equipment. The sterilizer is compact, allowing for easy integration onto existing or new lines. It has been adapted for ultra-clean, ESL, high acid aseptic and heat-sensitive film.

Multi-purpose analyzer offers greater flexibility and power

Bruker Corporation will display the MPA II, a multi-purpose analyzer designed to meet the demands of today’s and tomorrow’s quality control. The MPA II provides integrated spheres, fiber optic probes and transmission units needed for the analysis of liquids, semi-solids, solids, powders and tablets. The multipurpose analyzer is equipped with a permanent aligned RockSolid interferometer which provides consistent results, less downtime and stability.

Custom coffee creamer blends streamline productivity

International Food Products Corporation will showcase its custom coffee creamer blends that streamline processing efficiency by eliminating the need to measure macro and micro ingredients. The customizable free-flowing blends contain all the required color, flavor and smooth mouthfeel stabilizer to complete the finished product in one step. The coffee creamer can meet various customizable needs including clean label, organic, varied texture and fat levels. It can also be tailored for a range of pack sizes and usage rates. 

To register online, visit profoodtech.com​.

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