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Packaging is prominent at food show

Showcasing exhibits from 1,200 suppliers to the food and beverage market, and featuring a banquet of 45 workshops from which to choose, the biennial Worldwide Food Expo, co-located with the AMI International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention and Exposition and the Food, Dairy & Beverage Exposition, is guaranteed to be a veritable feast of opportunities. Scheduled for Oct. 26 to 29 at Chicago's McCormick Place, the event will cover more than 1.2 million sq ft and is expected to draw more than 30,000 international attendees seeking news on the latest innovations in food and beverage processing, packaging, ingredients and services.

An integral part of the event, packaging will be strongly represented on the show floor, with a large number of exhibitors showing packaging machinery, equipment, materials and containers targeted to the dairy, meat, poultry and seafood, beverage, snack and bakery, refrigerated and frozen food, and canning and packing industries.

This year, for the first time, the event will offer an enhanced educational program that includes six Super Sessions addressing such hot topics for packagers as food trends, leadership in turbulent times, building strong brands, trends in activism, business ethics, and developing and maintaining a high-performance workforce. More than 45 other workshops will be held throughout the four-day event, discussing plant operation innovations, retail and foodservice customers' future expectations, and consumer and product development trends, among other issues.

Also available will be in-depth technical programming sessions; technology application sessions and demonstrations; and special show-floor pavilions that highlight product development, material handling and distribution, and more.

Show hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 26, 27 and 28, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 29. For more information or to register, visit the show website at www.worldwidefood.com

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