With 85 percent of available space already sold out, the International Dairy Show is set to be the largest since 2009 when it was a part of the Worldwide Food Expo.

“We’re extremely excited about the continuing growth of the show,” said Neil Moran, senior vice president of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). “We have listened to our stakeholders, made significant improvements to the show and offer our exhibitors and attendees the ROI they are looking for in this must-attend event.”

The show, scheduled for Sept. 15-18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, includes an expanded show floor that has already exceeded 2013 numbers and attendee registration is up 15 percent from 2013 over the same time period. The 2015 show is co-located with the Food Processing Suppliers Association’s (FPSA) Process Expo and NürnbergMesse’s InterBev Process; combined the co-located shows will have more than 300,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring nearly 1,000 industry suppliers and 20,000 food, dairy and beverage attendees.

According to IDFA, the show features the newest innovations in technology, packaging, ingredients and services for the dairy foods industry as well as educational sessions covering the entire manufacturing process.

This year the show added a new Co-Packer Pavilion, increased the Distribution and Supply Chain Pavilion and Partner Pavilions, and has nearly sold out the Ingredients, Flavorings and Seasonings Pavilion.

 “Today we are projecting over 325,000 combined square feet of exhibit space; this co-located event is shaping up to be the most important dairy, food and beverage processing event of the year,” said Robin Cornelison, trade show director for IDFA. “In 2013 the Dairy Show was recognized as a Tradeshow Executive top 50 fastest-growing show, and I have no doubt 2015 will be another record-breaking year for IDFA.”