The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) announced registered attendees of 12,732 for Process Expo 2011, which took place from Nov. 1-4, 2011, at McCormick Place in Chicago. International attendees at this year’s event totaled just over 14% of visitors, with the largest delegations coming from Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Germany.

“We’re very happy with the strong turnout at this year’s show,” said Scott Scriven, chairman of the FPSA and president of Weber, Inc. “Not only did we double the size of the show floor over last year’s, we delivered more than twice as many attendees to the show at the same time. When you take the economy into account and what is going on at other industry trade shows, these results are absolutely remarkable and demonstrate the industry’s enthusiastic support of a horizontal tradeshow dedicated entirely to the food and beverage industry.”

David Seckman, FPSA president and CEO, explained that for Process Expo 2011, special attention was placed on the attendee experience at the show.

“This year’s show featured a greatly expanded educational program built with input from the food processor community,” he said. “Culinary and industry council pavilions highlighted finished products for the consumer, and mobile resources such as the Process Expo mobile app and eDaily provided attendees with more information at their fingertips.”

In 2010, FPSA announced that Process Expo would be moving to a biennial show cycle, and as a result, the next Process Expo is scheduled for Oct. 14-17, 2013, in the North Hall of Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Editor’s note: On the following pages, you will find a photo gallery of our favorite images from Process Expo 2011, provided by the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA). For more photos from the show (and previous years’ shows), check out their Flickr page at

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