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Andy Drennan
Senior Vice President

McLean, VA – The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today announced that PROCESS EXPO 2017 has been selected to participate in the US Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program Select. This valuable program is a joint government-industry effort that increases U.S. export sales by promoting international attendance and recruiting pre-screened international buyers to U.S. trade shows.

“Participating in the International Buyer Program Select is just the latest development in a series of actions we have undertaken to continue boosting our international customer audience for PROCESS EXPO 2017,” said Tom Kittle, Chairman of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and President of Handtmann Inc and Handtmann Canada Limited. “Coupled with our recent strategic marketing agreement with Messe Frankfurt/IFFA and our continued collaboration with Messe Dusseldorf and Messe Nurnberg, PROCESS EXPO is now being promoted throughout the world as THE food and beverage processing and packaging technology trade show of the Americas.”

“We are extremely excited to have been chosen for next year’s IBP Select,” said David Seckman, President and CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association. “Only eight shows a year are chosen for this prestigious program and the fact that PROCESS EXPO was one of these clearly indicates that the Department of Commerce sees strong export potential for our exhibitors and our event. We look forward to working with the Department of Commerce staff both here and abroad to deliver new delegations of highly qualified international food processors to the PROCESS EXPO show floor.”

PROCESS EXPO 2017 will take place from September 19-22, 2017 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. For more information about the show please visit  For more information regarding exhibiting at PROCESS EXPO 2017 contact Grace Cular Yee, FPSA Vice President, Sales at  or (703) 663-1220.


The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) is a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries. The Association's programs and services support member’s success by providing assistance in marketing their products and services, overall improvement in key business practices and many opportunities to network among industry colleagues.  Programs and services to achieve these objectives include PROCESS EXPO (industry leading trade show), electronic media marketing, education, market intelligence, research, and advocation of critical industry issues such as food safety, sanitary design of equipment, and global trade.

FPSA members are organized in vertical industry councils which focus on specific needs and concerns that are unique to each industry sector. FPSA councils currently represent the BakeryBeverageDairyPrepared Foods and Meat sectors.