Food & Beverage Processing Software and Technology Delegation from Germany

GACC Midwest welcomed the Food & Beverage Processing Business Delegation to the Greater Chicago area during the week of May 8-12.

Our delegation consisted of leading energy efficiency innovators in waste heat recovery, water quality, F&B process optimization & consulting, air compressor management, beverage filling, as well as cold chain monitoring equipment.

Energy efficiency is a key component to the sustainable usage of resources and offers many opportunities to optimize cost and time. Attendees were able to connect with our delegates through individual meetings throughout the week or joined our business conference on best practices as well as current trends in F&B processing on Tuesday, May 9.

Date, Venue & Registration

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

8:30am - 3:30pm

Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center
Grand Salon I & IIA
2100 Spring Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Conference Agenda





Welcome and Introduction

  • Mark Tomkins, President & CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.


Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Food & Beverage Processing in Germany


German Company Presentations Part 1


Coffee Break & Networking


Navigating Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Policies
Leah Scull, Policy Associate, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)


German Company Presentations Part 2


Lunch & Networking


Keynote Speech: Case Studies in Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Projects
Andy Lempera, Supply Chain Sustainability Director, PepsiCo – Energy Management Programs


Presentations & Panel Discussions on Balancing Efficiency and Profitability: Trends & Best Practices


Panel Discussion and Q&A


Closing Remarks and Final Networking

Moderation by Virginia Rounds, Director, Consulting Services, GACC Midwest.

Meet with our German delegation companies

Our delegation consisted of the following companies:

AIRLEADER/ WF-Steuerungstechnik GmbH
Airleader is an independent manufacturer of compressor master controllers, compressed air  -monitoring systems, -data loggers, -evaluation and -simulations software. Customers range from the food, beverage, pharma, automotive, electronics and many other manufacturing industries. Through close relationship to utility companies, Airleader supports their customers with applications for efficiency incentives, rebates and compressed air studies. Airleader’s monitoring systems provide energy data to comply with ISO 50001’s energy management as well as compressed air quality to comply with ISO 8573.2010. Airleader won the 2016 Energy Efficiency Award Challenge. Airleader is interested in setting up meetings with large food and beverage producers headquartered in Illinois and Wisconsin.


geff GmbH
geff specializes in intelligent energy-saving solutions by offering a modular yet holistic portfolio of services and solutions, a technology (and brand)-neutral perspective towards all potential solutions, support in financing projects, an energy savings guarantee, ongoing monitoring solutions, and the development of unique and innovative new solutions for complex problems. geff applies its concept of “people, systems, and technology” to energy management and optimization for clients in the industrial, commercial, and/or institutional sectors, and is the “go-to” partner for several German-owned global OEMs and multinational firms worldwide. geff is interested in meeting dairy processors, wineries, packaging companies and other food processors who wish to retrofit or update their facilities.

Heyl Brothers North America L.P
Heyl Brothers is a supplier for online water quality analyzers. Via titration, the Testomat® analyzer series automates the water testing of parameters including water hardness, chlorine/ bromine, phosphates or polymers. The analyzer’s test intervals can be adjusted manually and the patented micro dosing pump ensures efficient chemical reagent use. Applications include industrial bakeries, breweries, dairy or meat processing facilities – anywhere monitoring of water hardness or water quality is essential to the production and disinfection process as well as to the taste of the product. Additionally, Heyl is interested in meeting service and engineering firms that maintain and design food processing plants.

Kutzner + Weber GmbH
Kutzner + Weber GmbH has 25 years of experience in the development, construction, production and service of heat recovery systems, covering a wide range of industries. Through its partner company NET (Neue Energie-Technik GmbH), K+W offers custom designed heat recovery systems such as tube- and plate-heat exchangers with an ROI of 2-3 years. These solutions can easily be integrated into any existing operational process, allowing for significant energy and cost saving. Looking to expand further into the US industrial market, Kutzner + Weber are looking to analyze the American market by meeting with relevant organizations and associations, as well as industrial bakeries.

ME Industries
ME Industries offers the cutting-edge IoT software solution XPatron that allows companies to connect their supply chain and brings in an end-to-end supply chain visibility and traceability, from shipping agents, freight forwarders to the final recipients. The solution allows for proactive monitoring of the supply chain, leading to heightened transparency and traceability. Additionally, processes such as the route and cool chain monitoring, awarding of shipments and issuing of transport documents can all be automated.  Further benefits include shortened time-to-market, risk reduction and cost savings at each phase of the supply chain, maximizing the savings potential realized by companies. ME Industries is interested in setting up meetings with food logistic companies (cold chain), large producers of meat and dairy products, supermarket chains and logistic associations.

Sick International GmbH
Sick-International GmbH is an internationally operating, leading manufacturer of flexible and cost-effective filling-, capping- and labelling-, and sterilization-machines which can handle various bottle- and can shapes and sizes as well as different beverage types (carbonated and non-carbonated). Their product portfolio consists of the CanStar (filling 1.650 – 3300 cans/h), FillStar (filling 800 – 3000 Btl/h) & CombiStar (filling 3000 Btl/h), LabelStar (labelling 2000 – 7000 Btl/h), SteriStar (sterilizing 2300 – 4000 Btl/h) and the WatroStar (cleaning 1500 – 8000 Btl/h). Through their state-of-the-art closed-loop water recovery systems, the IE 3 certified machines can achieve significant water and energy savings as well as recycle 39.6 gal of water an hour. Sick-International is interested in setting up meetings with craft breweries and wineries, as well as distributors/ dealerships, manufacturers of machinery for filling lines and system integrators.

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The Energy Efficiency in the Food & Beverage Industry Business Conference and Delegation is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)  as part of the "Energy Solutions - Made in Germany" Initiative.


Svenja Schroeder
Manager, Market Entry Programs, Delegations & Events
Tel.: +1 (312) 561-9791
E-Mail: schroeder(at)

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