The program for the 2016 Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M), which will be held at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott in Fort Myers, FL , has been announced. The event begins Sunday, April 10 with a welcome reception and golf tournament and will conclude around midday Wednesday, April 13.

Food Engineering’s annual 2 1/2-day conference and expo unites food and beverage processors with suppliers so they can learn about and gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety. In addition to world-class speakers, FA&M provides educational sessions on a variety of topics for food and beverage manufacturers, giving them a vital opportunity to reenergize their careers in a casual, highly productive networking environment.

The 2016 event will include presentations on harnessing the power of automation, sanitary plant and equipment design, understanding the Internet of Things, workforce engagement in maintenance and automation operations, energy management and using water wisely. Food Engineering will also present its Plant of the Year award and host an “Ask the Experts” panel with previous award winners. On Wednesday, April 13, Food Engineering and PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network will announce the 2015 Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Award winners.

 A solutions theater and exhibition hall will round out the conference events. Each of these will provide opportunities for solutions suppliers and end-users to interact and network. For more details on the event and speakers, visit the FA&M website at