Washington, DC -- The 2005 Annual Meat Conference attendees will have a choice of retail store tours, a trip to an irradiation facility or a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s foodservice operation. The conference will be held March 6-8, 2005 at the Caribe Royale All Suites Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
The Retail Store
Tours provide an outstanding opportunity to
visit some of the leading operators in Orlando
– a city known for a variety of store types
and a mix of regional chains and independents.
The ethnicity of the host city is reflected in
the supermarket merchandising and product
selection of several unique operators.
Featured are some of the unique markets in the
Orlando area: The Fresh Market, Bravo
Supermarkets, and Publix Super Markets.
Participants in the irradiation tour
will visit Food Technology Services, Inc. in
Mulberry, Fla. The company offers food
manufacturers gamma irradiation produced by
Cobalt 60 to treat or process various
The Walt Disney World® Food
Service Operations tour offers a
behind-the-scenes tour of the Epcot® food
service operation at Walt Disney World® where
they can see their progressive food safety
program in action.
The three tours will
be offered Monday, March 7 from 7:30 – 11:30
am. Tours are included in registration costs
but must be booked at the time of registration
to guarantee space availability.
Annual Meat Conference is co-sponsored by AMI
and the Food Marketing Institute. Associate
sponsors include the American Lamb Board,
America's Beef Producers, the National Chicken
Council, National Pork Board and National
The conference is the
premier educational opportunity for retailers
and meat and poultry companies seeking the
latest information about trends and issues
affecting meat and poultry sales, marketing,
conference highlights include:
Three general sessions, including keynote
speaker Larry Winget
• A culinary
session featuring leading food and wine
• A Product Tasting
• Tech Fair Luncheon
• Twelve educational seminars in
three, concurrent sessions
conference information and registration
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 U.S.
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 501(c)(3)
organization that conducts research, education
and information projects for the
Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
conducts programs in research, education,
industry relations and public affairs on behalf
of its 1,500 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 50
2005 Annual Meat Conference to Feature Choice of ToursTuesday, November 30, 2004
For more information contact:
Senior VP, Public Affairs
Manager, Public Affairs