The Food Processing Suppliers Association, McLean, VA, has released the full slate of the PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY educational program taking place at Chicago's McCormick Place Sept. 15-18. The program features more than 35 hours of educational sessions by academics at 15 of North America’s leading universities, addressing critical topics across all segments of the food and beverage industry. The schools are McGill University, University of Guelph and Conestoga College from Canada, Kansas State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Texas A&M, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Tennessee, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of California-Davis and University of Wisconsin.

Some of the topics covered in the 2015 program are as follows:

  • Ultraviolet Light Applications for Preservation and Purification of Heat Sensitive Beverages
  • Microwave Food Processing Technology
  • Determining Product Shelf Stability and Shelf Life in Meat Products
  • New Packaging Trends and Their Impact on In-package Atmospheres
  • Spoilage of Ready-to-Eat Processed Meats and Tips for Solving Problems
  • Advancements in Aseptic Processing and Packaging

“We are already getting inquiries from food processors about attending these sessions," says Gil Williams, chairman of FPSA and president of Poly-clip System USA and Canada. “Not only are we tackling issues of great concern among food processors, our speakers are some of the most well-known experts in this field and processors want to hear what they have to say.”

The educational sessions will take place during the PROCESS EXPO trade show (Sept. 15-18 at McCormick Place, Chicago) and are free of charge for all registered attendees, including attendees of two co-located shows—International Dairy Show and InterBev Process.

“PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY is a very popular component of the trade show,” says FPSA president and CEO David Seckman. “In fact, given the low cost of registration, many of our attendees take advantage of the educational program to bring in operators and midlevel staff in order to gain a better understanding of technical aspects of food processing and packaging. The program is a resource that you don’t see at most trade shows.”

Advance registration is $25 for food and beverage processors. Registered attendees will have open access to all three trade show events, including all educational sessions. For the full educational program, to register or for more information, visit