The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) has announced details of a session in the PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY program titled “Where Have All the Bakers Gone?”

Presented by Dave Krishock of Kansas State University, the session will take place on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 2:30 pm in Campus 2 on the PROCESS EXPO show floor.

“According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics nearly one in four American workers will soon be 55 or older,” said Ken Hagedorn, chairman of the FPSA Bakery Council and vice president of sales & marketing for Naegele, Inc. “In fact, we think this trend might even be worse in our industry given the fact that careers in the food and beverage industry do not get the same attention among millennials as some of the sexier fields. Professor Krishock will address this issue head on and provide insight into how food processors can solve their staffing issues.”

“Finding good, qualified labor has always been a challenge but never more so than today with a society that continues to get older and the relatively low profile that the food and beverage industry has,” said FPSA President and CEO David Seckman. “This is an issue that FPSA continues to address in a variety of programs and as such, we are excited to present this topic and to incorporate food industry professionals into the discussion.”

Where Have All the Bakers Gone? is just one of the sessions of the PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY program. The program includes more than 35 hours of educational sessions put on by academics at fifteen of North America’s leading universities, addressing critical topics across all segments of the food and beverage industry.

Schools attending the event include McGill University, University of Guelph and Conestoga College from Canada, Kansas State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Texas A&M, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Tennessee, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, UC Davis, and University of Wisconsin.

 These sessions are free for all registered attendees of PROCESS EXPO and the co-located International Dairy Show and InterBev Process. Advance registration is $25 for food and beverage processors and registered attendees will have open access to all three trade show events; including all educational sessions. For the full educational program, to register or to find more information about the show, visit