Originally set for October 15 at the Lakeside Center, Levels 1 and 2, of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Process Expo will now take place in the South Hall of McCormick Place from November 2 to 5.
“McCormick’s South Hall has always been the preferred location for Process Expo as it is much larger than the other halls and its modern facilities better highlight our exhibits and popular show floor activities. We have hosted numerous shows in this hall and the change in dates only helps move us closer to the original date pattern of the show,” said Matt Malott, chairman of the board of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and president/CEO of Multivac, Inc.
When presented with the option to shift the event to the South Hall, organizers saw this as an opportunity to provide a safer environment for business networking. In addition, the South Hall allows for the show to be held in a single location, in comparison to Lakeside Center, which was split over two levels, with the lower level presenting notable operational challenges.
“Listening to our customers and remaining diligent in following safety protocols, solidified the decision in ensuring the future success of the show and service to the food and beverage processing and packaging community. We are committed to creating a platform elevating product discovery, the latest technology and advancements and we are confident that this move will provide a more engaging atmosphere for attendees and exhibitors,” said Kristy Meade, group show director, Messe Frankfurt, Inc.
The 2021 edition of Process Expo is preparing to be one of the first face-to-face events in this industry following the pandemic, bringing together thousands of food and beverage processors, packaging professionals, equipment manufacturers, industry leaders, and academia.