The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is said to be the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind, and this year, it’s expected to bring together more than 1,200 exhibitors, over 30,000 attendees and surpass 510,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.  

IPPE is a conglomerate of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), Tucker, Ga.; American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), Arlington, Va.; and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), Washington, D.C.  

IPPE 2017 will display technology, equipment, supplies and services used in the production and processing of eggs, meat and poultry and those involved in feed manufacturing, and feature dynamic education programs addressing current industry issues.

Poultry Market Intelligence Forum. Sponsored by USPOULTRY and the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NFPDA), Saint Marys, Ga., this forum will provide insight on economics, performance and how animal rights activists are impacting the poultry and egg industry. Dr. Paul Aho, economist for Poultry Perspectives, will discuss “Domestic and Global Drivers for 2017;” Hannah Thompson, communications director for Animal Agriculture Alliance, Alexandria, Va., will provide a presentation on “Securing the Poultry Industry’s Future: Responding to Animal Rights Activists Threats;” and Mike Donohue, vice president of Agri Stats, Fort Wayne, Ind., will provide insight into “Performance Trends for the Poultry & Egg Industry.”

NAMI-sponsored educational programs. NAMI will sponsor three additional education programs. The  “Beef 101” session will provide an overview of the beef lifecycle, address common questions regarding beef production, discuss factors affecting beef quality and offer a unique demonstration of innovative beef cuts. The workshop will feature Davey Griffin, professor and extension meat specialist at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

The “Meat Industry Regulatory Update and Compliance Session” will cover the major regulatory issues affecting meat processors in the past year and the challenges facing the meat and poultry industry in 2017. In addition, the session will provide an overview of common in-plant inspection and enforcement issues and discuss strategies to best respond to these matters.NAMI’s senior vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs and general counsel Mark Dopp and vice president of regulatory services Norm Robertson will lead the session.

The “Family Businesses Strategies for Success” workshop will highlight some of the most pressing concerns facing family businesses in the meat industry, focusing on succession planning and family member employment, along with other related topics. Dave Miniat, chief executive officer of Ed Miniat, LLC, South Holland, Ill., and Jennifer Pendergast, senior consultant, The Family Business Consulting Group, Chicago, will speak during the session.

Go to for more information on the show, educational programs, exhibitors and more. And, stop by Booth #B4045 and pick up a copy of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods.