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Tech Fair Luncheon and Product Tasting Reception at the 2005 Annual Meat Conference

Friday, December 3, 2004

Washington, D.C. -- The ever-popular Product Tasting Reception and Tech Fair Luncheon showcasing meat and poultry products and new technologies will be featured at the 2005 Annual Meat Conference, March 6-8 at the Caribe Royale Resort & Conference Center in Orlando, Fla.

The Product Tasting Reception will be held March 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Tech Fair Luncheon is also slated for Monday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Tech Fair Luncheon offers an enjoyable lunch with booths around the perimeter that attendees can visit to see the latest products and services, including equipment, packaging, labeling and ingredient technology. More than 30 exhibits were featured at last year's luncheon.

The Product Tasting Reception showcases some of the most innovative and new meat and poultry products in the retail market. Last year, more than 40 companies served their products to the retail community in a "feast of food tastes".

Both events are excellent opportunities to reach more than 700 retailers and processing industry buyers with equipment, technology and services to better manage their businesses. Individuals interested in exhibiting at either event should contact AMI's Senior Manager of Convention and Member Services Katie Brannan, kbrannan@meatinstitute.org or 202-587-4223.

The Annual Meat Conference is scheduled from March 6-8 and is co-sponsored by the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the Food Marketing Institute. This 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:
• General session with keynote speaker Larry Winget, author of Wall Street Journal business best-seller Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life;
• Food, Wine and the Joys of Marketing Your Product featuring leading gourmands discussing the hottest trends in meat, poultry, wine and cross-merchandising;
• A choice of three, retail tours, an irradiation facility or a 'behind-the-scenes' look at Disney food operations;
• Twelve, educational seminars offered in three concurrent sessions.

Register by Jan. 14 and receive a discounted rate. Discounts are also available for multiple, company registrations. For more 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
Sr. VP, Public Affairs
Ayoka Blandford
Manager, Public Affairs

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