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Live pet treat production comes to Process Expo

This year’s Production Line program at Process Expo (October 23-25, 2023, at Chicago’s McCormick Place), will feature a full line producing and packaging pet treats during the three day show. Designed to highlight the latest advances in technology for the pet food segment, this line also includes an AI component that will help food manufacturers to improve efficiencies with production monitoring and predictive maintenance. During guided demonstrations of the line, a hostess will walk attendees through the entire process of manufacturing, packaging and palletizing dog treats, made with actual beef. These demonstrations will take place three times a day, and each participating company will be on hand to discuss with audience members how these technologies could be incorporated into the customer’s production.

Participating exhibitors in this line include:

GEA, Handtmann, Inc., Provisur Technologies, Parker Freeze Dry, Mayfran International, Ryson International, Matrix Packaging, Anritsu, JLS Automation, MontBlanc AI & CRB Group

This line is being sponsored, organized, and installed by FPSA member and leading engineering firm, CRB Group, which is providing Project Management services for the line.
“At over $20B a year and growing, the Pet Treat segment offers tremendous opportunity for the industry,” said Patrick McGady, Chair of the FPSA Pet Foods Council and President of Handtmann USA. “That is why we build these production lines at PROCESS EXPO, as they are the perfect platform to highlight the latest advances in technology to food manufacturers so they can improve their efficiencies and further strengthen the bottom line. In addition, this year’s line will feature an artificial intelligence component that will put more useful information in the hands of the user, enabling them to have a much better understanding of real time metrics to further maximize production.”

“This line is essentially a year in the making, going back to the Pet Food Council’s first discussions about industry trends and what manufacturers are looking for,” said David Seckman, President & CEO of the Food
Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA). “These discussions considered a variety of products and applications and ultimately led to a production line of treats that will most clearly demonstrate the impressive capabilities in processing, packaging, and material handling. Furthermore, the addition of AI into this project will help our audience visualize how this cutting-edge technology functions in the production process and how it can be applied in their plant.
“The pet food market is growing on the back of demand for premium pet treats, personalized food products, and healthy alternatives, and increasing innovation by pet food manufacturers is positively influencing this. Pet food processors, suppliers, and retailers are ramping up efforts to capture this product segment which makes it a crucial feature to the show, enabling the industry to see the latest advancements.” added Kristy Meade, Vice President of Technology Shows for Messe Frankfurt, Inc
Attendees can see the production line technologies in action, meet over 350 suppliers from the food and beverage technology industry and access 30+ education sessions over the three-day show. Registration for the 2023 edition is open and industry professionals can register here. For more information, visit