WASHINGTON, DC — March 22, 2002 — Reacting to marketplace changes and strong positive exhibitor and attendee interest in the upcoming co-located FMI and NASFT trade shows in Chicago, May 5-7, the two organizations announced today plans for an enhanced co-location in 2003.

Under the new agreement for 2003, NASFT's Spring/Midwest Fancy Food Show will be showcased in McCormick Place North, with FMI and NASFT occupying adjacent exhibit areas. The registration process for attendees will be streamlined by instituting a single registration procedure that will provide attendees with a common badge for access to both shows. Each organization will continue to offer separate, specialized educational programs and special events, providing a wealth of opportunities to learn about the food industry and network with peers.

"We’re taking advantage of marketplace changes and creating a strategic platform for new business opportunities,” said Tim Hammonds, FMI president and CEO. “This step is a natural progression to enhance Show offerings and operations for the mutual benefit of FMI and NASFT members, their suppliers, and the food industry at large. This partnership will enable us to continue building a dynamic forum for productive supply chain relationships, new product and service introductions, and interactive education and training sessions,” emphasized Hammonds.

"A successful trade show occurs when creative business people are provided with a stimulating environment, multiple new business options, first rate education, and networking opportunities" said John Roberts, NASFT president. "This combination of two already great shows will invigorate the industry".

The 2002 FMI Show and Midwest Fancy Food Show will be held May 5th - May 7th at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. FMI’s convention will be held in the North and South Halls, while NASFT’s show will be presented in the Lakeside Center. For more information, please visit the Web sites of FMI (www.fmishow.org) or NASFT (www.nasft.org).