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There’s nothing like being able to see and touch packaging and equipment while asking questions and receiving immediate feedback. Zoom fatigue has plagued us all, after more than a year away from in-person trade shows, the gates are finally opening back up again, and are greatly anticipated. Nearly nine out of 10 packaging and processing end-users say in-person trade shows are essential for networking and discovering what is new in the industry, revealed a recent poll from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. 

“This survey confirmed our belief that the industry relishes the unique opportunity to conduct business and see equipment in-person, with many noting that trade shows reveal solutions they were not considering before discovering them live,” says Laura Thompson, PMMI vice president. To make this possible, event organizers are taking COVID protocols into account while creating shows that will be as safe as they are effective. The Process Expo moved to a larger space in the McCormick center, allowing for more space between exhibitors and guests. Natural Products Expo East’s event site has an entire health and safety section that outlines the enhanced cleaning practices and distancing guidelines. Fancy Food 2021 will be a hybrid event that allows attendees to choose whether to attend in-person or virtually.

Our ForeFront team has been fully vaccinated and we cannot wait to see everyone at the PackExpo in Las Vegas this September. Will your organization be attending? Let us know!

Below is a full list of in-person food service, packaging and manufacturing expos and trade shows in the United States this year:

Design & Manufacturing Atlantic 2021  June 8-10, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY.

What to expect: “Contract Service Providers in Plastics Processing, CNC Manufacturing, Sheet Metal, Subassemblies, Electronic Components and R&D Services.”

More info: https://www.advancedmanufacturingeast.com/en/shows/adm.html

Labelexpo Americas 2021 June 8-10, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, IL.

What to expect: “The largest event for the label and package printing industry in the Americas.”

More info: https://www.labelexpo-americas.com/

Luxepack New York July 14-15, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY.

What to expect: Luxury packaging for goods, perfumes, cosmetics and jewelry.

More info: https://www.luxepacknewyork.com/

D&M West August 10-12, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.

What to expect: Designers and engineers creating innovative solutions from design through end product. Design, components, materials, software/electronics, and automation form the core across D&M West and the 4 other engineering trade shows that share the expo floor. “From packaging to plastics to robotics, our five-in-one design and manufacturing event connects you across multiple verticals and industries.”

More info: https://www.dmwest.com/en/home.html

SuperCorr 2021 August 8-12, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

What to expect: “One of the most influential corrugated packaging-focused trade shows in the Western Hemisphere.”

More info: https://supercorrexpo.org/?_SuperCorrExpo_   

Natural Products Expo East 2021  September 22-25, Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.

What to expect: “Whether you are looking for health and beauty, organic, or natural and specialty foods, this is THE place to see the newest products and trends this fall. Expo East connects you with the people behind the products, introduces you to industry experts in the classroom, and invites you to network with a community of other like-minded professionals.”

More info: https://www.expoeast.com/en/home.html  

PACK EXPO Las Vegas September 27-29, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

What to expect: “Re-engage with the industry, see the latest innovations and find solutions direct from experts at the most comprehensive packaging and processing event in the world in 2021!”

More info: https://www.packexpolasvegas.com/

Fancy Food Show 2021 September 27-29, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY.

What to expect: It will feature an in-person event along with a digital component that will include educational programming and international pavilions. This hybrid event combining in-person and digital elements will allow many options for attending and, in the tradition of Fancy Food Shows, will showcase thousands of specialty food and beverage products.

More info: https://www.specialtyfood.com/shows-events/summer-fancy-food-show/

Process Expo 2021 November 2-5, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

What to expect: Global Food Equipment and Technology Show. PROCESS EXPO is the nation’s largest trade show dedicated to bringing the latest technology and integrated solutions to all segments of the food and beverage industry.

More info: https://www.myprocessexpo.com/