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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.

Upcoming Events


Environmental Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry

January 27-28, 2020
Atlanta, GA

The NAMI Environmental Conference will once again be co-located with IPPE. This 2 day conference will provide information on a variety of topics and challenges related to environmental issues faced in the meat and poultry industry. This program addresses top of mind topics such as water use, conservation, goverment regulations, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste management. Winners of the Environmental Recogniton Awards will be honored at a reception on Monday, January 25. Registration is available as part of IPPE registration. 

Worker Safety Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry

January 28-29, 2020
Atlanta, GA

This conference will address the most critical issues in worker safety and provide practical information and insight to help meat and poultry companies reduce workplace injuries and provide a safe working environment for their employees. The conference will also address changes in regulatory requirements and provide information on compliance.

International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 28 - 30, 2020
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

The International Production & Processing Expo attracts more than 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors for a 3 day trade show focusing on innovation for the meat and poultry industries. By bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology, products and services, IPPE helps make your processing business more successful. The expo also includes four days of educational sessions and workshops for your team to learn from academic and industry experts on a variety of industry specific topics. Globally known, this event attracts more than 8,000 International visitors from 129 countries. Don’t miss the networking offered by IPPE- meet new customers and suppliers while rekindling old relationships with leaders across the industry.


NAMI Meat Pavilion at the NGA Show

February 23-26, 2020
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. NAMI is partnering with NGA to host a Meat Pavilion at the NGA show to provide you with an opportunity to showcase your animal protein products to hundreds of independent retail and wholesale grocers. This is a unique opportunity for NAMI members to secure exhibit space at a discounted rate


Annual Meat Conference

March 2-4, 2020
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Nashville, TN

The Annual Meat Conference, co-sponsored by NAMI and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), is a complete education and networking experience for those involved in the meat retail industry. Comprehensive education sessions explore the latest developments in meat retailing and consumer trends, and help attendees gain tools, insights, and inspiration to increase sales and build customer loyalty. In addition, the Annual Meat Conference exhibit hall is the place to find and showcase innovative new meat products and solutions, with more than 115 exhibiting companies showcasing their products and services to 1700 targeted attendees in 2019.

Meat Industry Summit

March 30 – April 2, 2020
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
San Antonio, TX

The Meat Industry Summit brings together NAMI members and industry colleagues for high-caliber educational programming, excellent networking opportunities, and association business. Programming for this event is designed to cover multiple interest areas including general business topics, labor and employment, regulatory and food safety, public affairs, international affairs, family business, and more. Sessions provide practical insight on how these matters affect the meat industry today. In addition, association business will be conducted at committee meetings as well as a meeting of the NAMI Board of Directors. The John Duyn Memorial Golf Tournament, evening social events and a Showcase Reception provide time for networking and learning about the services provided by NAMI supplier members.


Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control

April 22-23, 2020
Kansas City, MO

This workshop helps processors face the challenge of controlling Listeria monocytogenes in order to produce safe and nutritious products. In addition, this workshop provides critical information to help processors stay up to date on regulatory issues and changes. The Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education has worked with experts from across the industry to develop a tailored learning experience, including real-life examples from people with plant experience, hands on demonstrations, and case studies designed to give you first-hand knowledge to apply to your plant. Due to the interactive nature of the workshop, space is limited.


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 26 – January 28, 2021
January 25 – January 27, 2022
January 24 – January 26, 2023
January 30 – February 1, 2024
January 28 – January 30, 2025

Annual Meat Conference

March 21 – March 23, 2021

Meat Industry Summit

April, 2021
March 28 – 31, 2022

Meat Industry Food Safety Conference

September 9 - 10, 2020


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.