Attendees of PROCESS EXPO, set for Oct. 8-11 at McCormick Place in Chicago, will have access to several cannabis education sessions discussing food safety, government regulations, sustainability, and cost savings that can be implemented for immediate returns.

"With medical cannabis use on the rise, it seems only fitting that we incorporate it into this year's PROCESS EXPO," said Jarrod McCarroll, chairman of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and president of Weber, Inc. "We thank BNP Media's Cannabis Products Magazine for developing these sessions and bringing our attendees high quality subject matter experts to share their knowledge."  

Sessions focused on cannabis include:

Tuesday, Oct. 8
12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Cannabinoids as Functional Ingredients - Justin Singer, Stillwater Foods 
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. How to Break into Legal Cannabis Edibles and Beverages Product Development - Mike Hennesy, Wana Brands

Wednesday, Oct. 9
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Improving the Supply Chain for Development of Legal Cannabis Edibles and Beverages - Lindsay Wisener, WiseBev 
3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. The Future of Integrated End to End Extraction Technology - Matthew Anderson, Vanguard Scientific Systems 

Thursday, Oct. 10
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Unique QA/QC and Food Safety Considerations in Legal Cannabis Edibles and Beverages R&D

Attendance in these cannabis related sessions is free of charge with PROCESS EXPO registration.

In addition to the sessions on cannabis at the event, PROCESS EXPO recently sponsored a webinar called "Cannabis Products: A Discussion Of The Challenges In Production, Sale, And Marketing."

Sharon Mayl of the FDA and Thuy Vu of Hammer Enterprises discussed how the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill has fueled competitive innovation of cannabis products derived from hemp amongst food and beverage manufacturers. Mayl provided an overview of FDA's role in regulating these products, FDA's activities in this area, and the challenges around these products. 

Thuy, who is a director of operations and regulatory affairs from the state of Colorado, provided information on this emerging industry and provided an overview of the different regulations from state to state, and how to identify and address food safety concerns of CBD, hemp-derived concentrates, and CBD-infused products.

Additionally, FPSA, the organizers of PROCESS EXPO, hosted an additional webinar “Medical and Recreational Marijuana: Strategies to Keep Up With Rapidly-Changing Laws” on Aug. 28.

To register or for more information on attending the show please visit www.myprocessexpo.com. For more information regarding exhibiting at PROCESS EXPO 2019 contact Eliza Wetherill at eliza@fpsa.org or (720) 552-1494.

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