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Each year the North American Meat Institute in conjunction with the Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education, conducts a series of annual conferences and educational workshops to meet the needs of our membership, the meat industry and their retail and food service customers.

This includes annual education conferences, topical workshops, award programs, Board of Directors & committee meetings and an annual trade show. Every event is an opportunity for industry processors, suppliers and press to learn, network and take back valuable solutions for their company and professional development.

We are fully committed to the health and safety of everyone who attends our events. We are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local governments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will provide regular updates to all stakeholders as the situation warrants. If you have any questions regarding an upcoming event, please contact our meetings staff at registration@meatinstitute.org.

Upcoming Events


Annual Hot Dog Lunch/National Hot Dog Day

July 22, 2020

For more than 40 years the North American Meat Institute has celebrated National Hot Dog Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, serving up hot dogs to lawmakers and their staff in one of the most anticipated events of the year. Unfortunately, the COVID crisis has made our traditional event impossible, but in the spirit of filling the substantial need for high quality protein in our communities, we are partnering with Feeding America on National Hot Dog Day, Wednesday July 22, to serve hot dogs and other proteins at food banks around the country. Companies interested in participating should contact Eric Mittenthal (emittenthal@meatinstitute.org) by Monday, June 22.


Center of the Plate Training

August 18 – 20, 2020
Calvary Court in College Station
200 Century Ct
College Station, TX 77840

Center of the Plate Training® is a two and a half day course designed to teach you the fundamentals of meat specifications by giving you a first-hand look at how carcasses are converted to cuts commonly used in retail and foodservice. It’s a lively learning experience that includes a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items: beef, veal, lamb, and pork, as well as sections on poultry and processed meats. You’ll come away with an increased knowledge of center of the plate items and your personal copy of the Meat Buyer’s Guide®; for over 40 years, the authoritative Guide to meat and poultry identification.

Tentative dates, pending travel and group gathering advisories due to COVID-19 spread in the United States. Please check the NAMI website in early June to confirm class availability.


Meat Industry Food Safety Conference

September 9-10, 2020
Rosemont, IL

This annual conference provides valuable insights for meat processors, outstanding networking opportunities and access to the best information to help your business improve its food safety programs. This conference always brings together top experts from industry, government, and academia to address the most critical issues that meat processors face today.

Fall Forum with NAMI Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting

held jointly with the Board of Directors of Canadian Meat Council & ComeCarne

September 24-25, 2020
Washington, DC

Join fellow Meat Institute members and industry colleagues at the Fall Forum, which will provide regulatory and legislative updates from industry experts and Washington insiders. Co-located with NAMI, Canadian Meat Council and ComeCarne’s Board of Directors meetings, the Fall Forum will deliver excellent networking opportunities with meat processing members and suppliers from the United States, Canada and Mexico.


Animal Care and Handling Conference

October 15-16, 2020
Kansas City, MO

This workshop is designed to help you improve productivity, efficiency and product quality while learning the latest humane handling and stunning practices. This program is intended for key plant personnel, such as managers, production and pen supervisors, training managers, quality assurance and safety staff and others involved in training personnel in animal driving, handling and stunning. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities available.

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

October 20-21, 2020
Boston-Dedham, MA - NEW LOCATION

This workshop focuses on the challenge of controlling Listeria monocytogenes in order to produce a safe, nutritious product. The Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education has worked with experts across the industry to develop a learning experience tailored to meet those challenges. The workshop includes time at a nearby associate member equipment company to demonstrate lessons learned at the workshop. Discussion topics will continue to focus on sanitation, equipment design, corrective actions, sampling plans and data analysis.



Environmental Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry

January 25-26, 2020
Atlanta, GA - Co-located with IPPE

Worker Safety Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry

January 26-27, 2020
Atlanta, GA - Co-located with IPPE

International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 26 - 28, 2021
Atlanta, GA

NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

March 7 – 10, 2021
Las Vegas, NV

Annual Meat Conference

March 21 – March 23, 2021
Dallas, TX

Meat Industry Summit

April, 13 – 16, 2021
San Diego, CA

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

April 21-22 2021
Kansas City, MO

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

October 19-20, 2021
San Diego, CA


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 25 – January 27, 2022
Atlanta, GA

NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

February 27-March 2, 2022

Meat Industry Summit

March 28 – 31, 2022
San Antonio, TX


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 24 – January 26, 2023
Atlanta, GA

NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

February 26-March 1, 2023

Meat Industry Summit

April 17-20, 2023
Carlsbad, CA


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 30 – February 1, 2024
Atlanta, GA


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 28 – January 30, 2025
Atlanta, GA


NAMI will schedule webinars at regular intervals that will focus on either 1) time-sensitive information, or  2) topics of interest to small and very small members who may not have the necessary resources to attend in-person events.


NAMI and Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education will continue to provide annual conventions, conferences, and webinars for all segments of the membership and develop special workshops, seminars and other programs to meet needs as they arise.