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Meat Institute Holds Fall Forum, Board of Directors and Annual Meeting; Elects New Officers

Monday, October 8, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

Meat Institute members convened last week in Washington, DC, for the association’s Fall Forum , Board of Directors Meeting and Annual Meeting. The Fall Forum was held in conjunction with the Canadian Meat Council and ComeCarne Board of Directors meetings.

The Forum opened with a keynote address from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and remarks by Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud. Both Perdue and Doud discussed pertinent issues affecting the meat and poultry industry and addressed the current international trade landscape. The meeting also featured regulatory and nutrition update panels, with top USDA officials and nutrition experts.

The Meat Institute also elected the officers who will guide the organization in 2019.

Joe Maas, vice president of manufacturing and production at JTM Food Group, will serve as chairman, while Warren Panico, president and CEO of Bar-S Foods Co., will serve as vice chairman.

Brad McDowell, president of AB Foods, LLC, Agri Beef Co., will serve as treasurer, and Steve Van Lannen, president and COO, American Foods Group, LLC, has been selected to serve as secretary. John Vatri, vice president of operations at Cardinal Meat Specialists, Ltd., will serve as immediate past chairman.

The Meat Institute membership elected Julie Anna Potts president to succeed retiring President and CEO Barry Carpenter.

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