ProFood Tech is a new biennial event designed to showcase the latest food industry innovations and technologies, including snack food and bakery. It will take place April 4–6 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The event seeks to prepare manufacturers for market changes and broaden attendees’ knowledge of advances, best practices and trends across the food industry through educational opportunities. The conference program will feature industry leaders, consumer and flavor trends, and best practices in food processing and engineering. The educational opportunities will offer a wide range of learning formats.

Three pre-conference workshops will kick off ProFood Tech 2017:

  • Separating Fact from Fiction: The Truth about Food Safety Risks
  • Breakout Innovations in Packaging & Technology
  • Top Ten Food and Ingredient Trends for 2017

ProFood Tech will also include several general sessions, such as:

  • A keynote session with Peyton Manning on “Winning Strategies”
  • “Breakthrough Innovation: Catalyzing Transformation,” with Jeremy Vandervoet, director of marketing, Nestlé USA and Eddie Yoon, principal, The Cambridge Group, on what it takes to excel in a highly-competitive marketplace
  • “Scanning the Future: Retail Roundtable,” featuring top retail executives discussing how changing buying patterns drive types, portions and packaging of the future
  • “Product Reformulation: A Question of Balance,” with research and consulting firm McKinsey & Co. taking a deeper dive into product reformulation, including potential benefits, challenges, costs and implementation timelines

The education program will additionally include four education tracks: Regulations and Food Safety, Consumer Trends and Marketing, Food Processing and Technology, and Business and Leadership Development.

The ProFood Tech Innovation Stage brings education opportunities to the show floor. Presentations by leaders in the food industry will conduct seminars beginning every half hour from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, highlighting breakthrough technologies, innovative applications and new techniques.The Regulatory Matters Stage will feature presentations on critical regulatory matters. Experts will present on topics such as “Communicating During a Food Safety Crisis,” “Deconstructing FSMA Rules,” “Constructing a FSMA Food Safety Plan and Building an Action Plan,” and “Combustible Dust Mitigation in Food Manufacturing.” The sessions will be followed by roundtable discussions, giving attendees the opportunity to share ideas and best practices.

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