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Buyer Attendance Up at American Meat Institute International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention and Exposition, Held this Week at McCormick Place in Chicago

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chicago, Il. – Buyer attendance at the 2009 International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition exceeded 2007 totals, a very encouraging sign about the significance of the trade show, which closed today at McCormick Place in Chicago. 

“In one of the more difficult economic times, increasing the number of packer processor buyers attending the show is a very positive development,” said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. 

More than 20,000 people registered for the show, with a ten percent traveling from outside the U.S.  More than 100 countries were represented. 

“Clearly, the meat, poultry and seafood industry around the world continues to see this show as a relevant, valuable event,” Boyle said.  “Not only did the show have good traffic on the floor, education workshop attendance was very strong and feedback was very positive.”

Interest in the “free Saturday” program drew strong interest from local companies in particular.   Attendance at AMI’s Listeria control workshop held on Saturday was standing room only. 

The next Convention & Exposition will occur April 13-16, 2011, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.  The move away from Fall and to the Spring in 2011 has received wide support from attendees and exhibitors alike.

 Exhibit sales for the 2011 show began on-site yesterday at McCormick Place.  More than 50 percent of the show floor has already been sold. 

“We are grateful for the strong support we’ve had for this event from our exhibitor community,” Boyle said.  “They are essential partners in the success of our show.”


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