Discounted Registration Deadline for AMI Spring Expo Fast ApproachingTuesday, March 1, 2011
** This ammends an earlier, incorrect version of this release.**
Washington, D.C. — March 2 is the deadline to receive discounted registration for AMI’s 2011 Meat, Poultry & Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition, April 13-16, 2011, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.
Now in the spring, the show includes more than 330 exhibits that feature equipment, supplies, ingredients and services important to meat and poultry processors around the world. AMI’s 2009 trade show drew 10,000 meat industry professionals from 100 countries.
Two large general sessions will feature leading speakers of interest to the show’s domestic and international audience. Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), will headline the first general session, scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. Hayden will discuss the political situations in the hot spots in every corner of the world, analyze the tumultuous global environment and what it all means.
Carlos Gutierrez, former CEO and chairman of the board at Kellogg Company and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is scheduled to address attendees during the second general session on Friday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. Gutierrez will share with attendees the challenges facing global business and the ways in which leadership, diversity, innovation, values and education are integral to international success.
More than 25 sessions will be held in distinct conference tracks that include: Sustainability; Food Safety; Health and Wellness; Product Development and Consumer Trends; Plant Operations and Management and Business.
The AMI Expo also will feature “Meat Tech” presentations prepared by exhibitors on operational issues critical to all aspects of meat, poultry and seafood processing. For the first time these will be held in a classroom on the show floor and will cover a variety of topics, including food safety interventions and ingredients; new pathogen analytical methods; application of sanitary design principles for meat and poultry processing equipment and facilities; packaging technologies; information technology collection and sustainability.
An international trade center adjacent to the main registration will include Internet and email access, lounge areas, private meeting rooms, translators, refreshments and other business matching services for international visitors.
In addition, AMI is collaborating with the Chicago International Trade Commissioners’ Association (CITCA), a volunteer organization comprising the senior trade representatives from foreign governments based in Chicago. CITCA currently has 41 members representing 35 countries from across the globe. The Trade Commissioners play an essential role in informing and consulting their commercial constituents from their respective countries, and in facilitating trade and business opportunities with the Midwest.
For more information on the 2011 AMI Expo, go to http://www.amiexpo.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 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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