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2005 Annual Meat Conference to Feature Choice of Tours

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

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 foods.

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.

The 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 Turkey Federation.

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, and profitability.

This year's conference highlights include:

• Three general sessions, including keynote speaker Larry Winget
• A culinary session featuring leading food and wine gurus
• A Product Tasting Reception
• Tech Fair Luncheon
• Twelve educational seminars in three, concurrent sessions

For conference information and registration information, visit www.meatconference.com

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 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 industry.

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 countries.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Senior VP, Public Affairs
Ayoka Blandford
Manager, Public Affairs

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