The Process Expo show, held earlier in October, saw attendance slide, but organizers were still pleased with the turnout.

“We were extremely pleased with the turnout,” notes David Seckman, president of the Food Processing Suppliers Association, McLean, Va. “This is especially true since many other industry shows were as much as 30% down this year, and our show was only slightly down from 2007 attendance of 23,864, which was the last time the event was held in Las Vegas.”

Almost 55% of registered attendees indicated their primary business came from the food and beverage industry, which was the biggest sector represented at the show. This was followed by pharmaceutical/medical at 8.7%, chemicals/other at 6.0%, cosmetic/personal care at 5.4%, with the balance consisting of several miscellaneous market segments.

This year, the Process Expo show was co-located with Pack Expo and CPP Expo. In 2010,

Together, the two events offer attendees valuable new opportunities in terms of continuing education, professional networking and business development, all in one focused, convenient venue. Additionally, for organizations employing a team approach to bringing products to market, the co-location provides an opportunity for teams to gain a better understanding of the interrelated stages involved in food product delivery, which can impact team effectiveness and ultimately reduce costs and time-to-market, according to the FPSA.

Process Expo will move to a 100% food focus by partnering with the Institute of Food Technologists at its annual meeting and food expo, which will run from July 18-20, 2010, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.