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American Meat Institute and North American Meat Association Initiate Discussions About Possible Merger

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Washington, DC - The American Meat Institute (AMI) and the North American Meat Association (NAMA) announced that the organizations have initiated discussions about a possible merger.

The Executive Committees of both associations this week voted in favor of pursuing discussions to create a new organization to represent the meat industry.  A committee composed of members from each association will be formed to discuss next steps and to explore how a new organization can best serve its members.  Discussions are anticipated to occur during the next several months.

AMI Chairman Nick Meriggioli, executive vice president of Kraft Foods Group &; president, Oscar Mayer, and NAMA Co-Presidents Mike Hesse, director of sales &; marketing of BPI Technology, Inc. and Anthony Gahn, Jr., president of Gahn Meat Company, Inc., said, "We believe that these discussions hold great promise for creating a new organization that could leverage the strengths that both AMI and NAMA offer.  It is our intention to pursue discussions in a measured, thoughtful manner that will serve the interests of our associations' members."


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