An additional six schools boasting some of the nation’s top food science programs have pledged their commitment to be a part of PROCESS EXPO 2015 and its university program, bringing the total number of schools to 12.

These latest schools include Kansas State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Texas A&M, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Tennessee.

In July, six other universities gave their early commitment and pledged to participate in the educational sessions. They include Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, UC Davis and University of Wisconsin.

The PROCESS EXPO university program, run by the Food Processing Suppliers Association, will feature more than 35 hours of educational sessions.

Professors from the 12 schools will address topics critical to the food and beverage industry including food safety and sanitation, innovative technologies in food processing and the latest developments in food packaging; they will cover all major industry segments, the association says.

“PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY is truly turning into a major draw for the trade show, and we are already fielding inquiries about next year’s program,” says Gil Williams, chairman of FPSA and president of Poly-clip System USA. “In fact, some of our attendees from the 2013 program are now reaching out to participate as speakers themselves for the 2015 program. We are excited as we work on finalizing the topics this fall, and we are confident our audience will enjoy the results next September.”   

The PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY program is free for PROCESS EXPO registered attendees and includes more than 30 hours of sessions held on the show floor during the event.

“Our educational program is the perfect complement to the expertise found on the PROCESS EXPO show floor, where the 500+ exhibitors will be demonstrating the latest innovations in food processing and packaging technology,” says FPSA President and CEO David Seckman. The expo is owned and organized by FPSA, the global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries.

Programs like PROCESS EXPO help FPSA members succeed by assisting them in marketing their businesses, improving business practices and providing networking opportunities.

The 2015 expo will be co-located with the International Dairy Show and InterBev Process. PROCESS EXPO 2015 will be held  at McCormick Place in Chicago at from Sept. 15-18, 2015. Registration will begin in early 2015, with details of the full educational program released at that time.