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AMI Expo Announces General Session & Education Session Topics

Monday, April 9, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

AMI Expo 2012 has announced the topic of its General Session. “Charting the Course: Industry and Economic Outlook” will look at key strategic economic trends in the meat industry. Top industry executives will not only help attendees understand  the economic indicators toward self-sustaining growth but also how to make safe, affordable and abundant food a global reality. 

Featured speakers include Eric B. Trachtenberg, Director, Food & Agriculture Sector, McLarty Associates and Ted McKinney, Director, Global Corporate Affairs at Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly. Trachtenberg has spent more than 20 years working on international agriculture trade issues serving as a Foreign Service Officer for USDA’s Foreign Agriculture service in key U.S. export markets, including China, Taiwan and Russia. McKinney has more than 30 years experience working on the issues shaping modern agriculture including many efforts to support the American farmer and production agriculture in feeding and fueling the world.  

 “Charting the Course: Industry and Economic Outlook” will be on Thursday, May 3 from 9-10 a.m. and is open to all AMI Expo attendees.

In addition to the General Session, “Why you should not be doing Six Sigma…and if you are, what you should do about it” will be the topic of an education session on Tuesday, May 1 at 11 a.m.  Six Sigma is a quality management process that’s widely embraced, however one shoe does not fit all. This session will teach attendees how to integrate and streamline their six sigma efforts to obtain more results and how to plan to do the same if they have not already started. Don L. Redinius, Master Black Belt and Six Sigma Executive Trainer will be the session speaker.

The AMI Expo will be held May 1-3, 2012, at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, and co-located with FMI2012, sponsored by Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the U.S. Food Export Showcase sponsored by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and United Fresh 2012, sponsored by United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA). Attendees at the AMI Expo will have access to more than 1,200 exhibitors focused on processing and packaging equipment and supplies, plus produce and retailer focused exhibits.


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