PMMI (, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, has entered into an agreement to co-produce a new U.S.-based trade show with Koelnmesse GmbH, the leading producer of nutrition-related trade fairs in Europe and Asia, including the Cologne-based Anuga FoodTec, the international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry. The event will focus on processing and packaging technologies serving the food and beverage marketplace.

"Koelnmesse, and its Anuga FoodTec show, are world leaders in food and beverage processing," says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI. "With shows dating back nearly 100 years, the experience and recognition that Koelnmesse and Anuga bring to the table, particularly in Europe, is invaluable."

The new show, which will launch in spring 2017, will provide an opportunity for manufacturers in this arena to discover the solutions that will help them grow their businesses.

"Working with this leading organization to bring a new food and beverage focused event to North America makes great sense for PMMI and ensures a world-class event," Yuska added.

Gerald Böse, president and CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH, echoed that sentiment. "PMMI and the PACK EXPO portfolio of shows are recognized around the world as industry leaders for processing and packaging solutions, and we're eager to work with them on this exciting new venture."

The 2015 edition of the Anuga FoodTec show launched Tuesday, March 24, in Cologne, Germany.

 PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 kicks off Sept. 28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.