About the Show



The Food Processing Expo attracts a wide variety of attendees, including CLFP member food processors, non-member processors, those with ideas for new food products, university personnel and students, food processing industry vendors, suppliers and more.

For a nominal fee - lower than many industry shows - the Expo offers food processors the opportunity to meet and re-establish connections with existing vendors, make new connections and learn about the latest products and services available to the food processing industry. Topical educational opportunities are offered at the Expo, including a pre-Expo workshop on Starting a Specialty Food Business, multiple educational seminars on the trade show floor and several networking opportunities.

Following the 2019 Expo, one longtime participant said
"The Expo keeps getting better every year - this one was outstanding!"

 
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Exhibitor Move-In
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Starting a Specialty Food Business. Covers product development, food safety, processing options, marketing and cost analysis.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Santa Clara Ballroom

Food Processing Facility Sanitation Workshop A cross-functional discussion of the latest techniques, and long-standing best practices, related to sanitation, pest control, and other critical pre-requisite programs that are critical for any food or beverage manufacturing facility. Santa Clara Convention Center, Rooms 203/204
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CLFP Board of Directors' Meeting
Santa Clara CC, Mission City Ballroom 5
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
CLFP Board and Exhibitor Reception
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Mezzanine East/West
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration Open
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Trade Show Floor Open
Santa Clara Convention Center
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Where Can You Find Product Development and Testing Help?
You think you have a great new product, but who can help you refine and test it to ensure it will be a success in the marketplace? Our speaker will provide a few key tips to help you get started toward having the next must-have food product.
Speaker: TBD
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
How Can you Effectively Measure Sustainability?
Many buyers want you to document your sustainability efforts, but all that paperwork is driving you crazy. Our speaker has extensive experiences with this topic and will discuss how can you tell your story in a positive, proactive and effective manner.
Speaker: Adrienne Gifford, Olam Spices
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
NCIFT Luncheon with Keynote Speaker - Information coming soon...
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Tips for Avoiding Costly Labor Litigation

Employment litigation is rampant and costing many employers unreasonable amounts of money. Our speaker is an expert at helping businesses prevent and minimize potential problems.
Speaker: Alden Parker, Fisher Phillips LLP

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Food Labeling Regulations Update
Nutrition Facts, GMOs, Proposition 65 and more; it’s tough to keep current on food labeling regulations. Our speaker will discuss the latest changes you need to know to avoid any missteps.
Speaker: Natalie Rainer, Keller and Heckman LLP
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection
OSHA inspections have always been a challenge, but with more new rules being implemented the task is becoming even more difficult. Learn how to prepare effectively to reduce the stress, hassle and expense.
Speaker: TBD, Zenith Insurance Co.
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Integrating Robotics and Automation into Your Operations
Labor costs are rising fast and a new generation of technology is revolutionizing manufacturing. What kinds of automation and robots are available and how can you efficiently integrate them into your operation? Don’t miss this session!
Speaker: Jason Hunt, Factory Technologies, Inc.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

How to Find and Work with Co-Packers to Build Your Brand
Many companies have great products but don’t have the facilities, capital, or expertise to make all their products on a large commercial scale. Working with a co-packer can be the logical solution, and our speaker will discuss how to select and collaborate with a co-packing partner.
Speaker: Brad Stapleton, Stapleton-Spence Co.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Happy Hour on Trade Show Floor
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
CLFP Supplier Host Council Reception & Silent Auction
Santa Clara CC, Mission City Ballroom 4-5
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Registration Open
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Food Processing Technology Breakfast with Keynote Speaker Dr. Ken Goldberg, UC Robotics and AI Lab.
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Trade Show Floor Open
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
The Next Big Thing - Plant-Based Food Products
Meatless burgers are all the rage, but is the trend here to stay? If so, what is next in the plant-based foods sector, and how can you be a part of this new wave of products?
Speaker: Julie Emmet
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Cyber Security - Protecting Your Operation from Malicious Hackers
Businesses are facing the serious threat of computer hackers looking to extort money or disrupt computer systems. Don’t be a victim! Learn how can you protect your business from these threats.
Speaker: TBD, MANEX Consulting
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
TBD
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Compliance with the FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule
Compliance deadlines for this FDA Rule are approaching quickly, and you need to know how to meet your obligations. Our speaker is an expert on FSMA and food safety regulations and can answer all your questions.
Speaker: Jon Kimble, Safe Food Alliance