AMI Spring Expo in Chicago Shows Strong Sales Trends in JanuaryFriday, February 4, 2011
Washington, D.C. — Despite the winter chill cooling the nation, January exhibit sales were heating up for American Meat Institute’s 2011 Meat, Poultry & Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition, April 13-16, 2011, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.
In January, AMI added 28 new companies and more than 8,000 square feet to AMI Expo. Two of the new exhibitors signed up on site at the Poultry Expo in Atlanta, where exhibitors also reported strong traffic and sales.
All totaled, 300 exhibitors are booked for the new Spring AMI Expo, which moved to April in 2011 from its previous October dates. With 10 weeks remaining, the show is 80 percent sold out.
The show will also feature six tracks of timely educational workshops with 25 educational sessions, including a Capital Equipment Justification Short Course, which will detail the process of justifying capital equipment purchases to realize operational benefits for companies. General Session Speakers include Former Central Intelligence Agency Director and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden and Former Kellogg CEO and Chairman of the Board Carlos Gutierrez, who also served as Secretary of Commerce.
The Spring AMI Expo show floor will be bursting with activity as “Meat Tech” — free technical presentations from exhibitors — shifts from traditional classrooms to a new classroom at the center of the show floor. Floor pavilions will focus on Sustainability and on Seasonings, Flavors and Ingredients.
According to AMI President J. Patrick Boyle, “All indications show that we are poised for an extremely strong Expo this spring in Chicago.”
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.
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