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Registration Begins for AMI-Co-sponsored Annual Meat Conference in Nashville Next March

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Registration is now open for the industry's premier retail meat merchandising conference, the Annual Meat Conference.

Slated for March 14 to 16, 2004, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., the AMC features industry leaders from both the processing and retail sectors, a number of top marketing experts and a unique Product Tasting Reception showcasing the best of the industry's newest retail meat and poultry products.

The AMC, cosponsored by the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), has attracted nearly 1,000 attendees in recent years and is considered the leading educational event focusing on meat and poultry marketing developments, merchandising issues and consumer purchasing trends. The complete conference program, as well as a registration form, may be accessed by logging onto at www.MeatConference.com

AMC sponsors this year include America's Beef Producers, American Lamb Board, National Chicken Council, National Pork Board and the National Turkey Federation.

The 2004 conference features the popular Product Tasting Reception on Sunday, March 14. Nearly 50 meat and poultry companies utilize the reception as the venue to showcase newly developed products and brand line extensions to a retail buyer audience.

AMC 2004 also features the annual Tech Fair Luncheon on Monday, March 15. At this luncheon, suppliers to the meat, poultry and retail supermarket industries display new technology, ranging from irradiation services to labeling machinery to in-store processing and packaging equipment.

On March 15, AMC attendees also will have a chance to tour some of the top stores among Nashville's supermarket chains.

Advance registration for the conference is $595 per person, or $545 for three or more members of the sponsoring associations. On-site registration is $645 per person, or $595 for three or more members registering together or $515 when 10 or more retailers/wholesalers register together. Non-member registration is $1,240 per person.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

FMI conducts programs in research, education, industry relations and public affairs on behalf of its 2,300 member companies -- food retailers and wholesalers -- in the United States and around the world. FMI's U.S. members operate approximately 26,000 retail food stores with a combined annual sales volume of $340 billion, three-quarters of all food retail store sales in the United States. FMI's retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent supermarkets. Its international membership includes 200 companies from 60 countries.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Todd Hultquist
Food Marketing Institute

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