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Member Benefits


Each year the Education & Workforce Development Department, in conjunction with other NAMI departments, conducts a series of annual conferences and educational workshops to meet the needs of the NAMI membership, others in the industry and their retail and food service customers.

Annual education conferences, topical workshops, award programs, 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.


Annual Meat Conference

February 21-23, 2016
Nashville, TN

The Annual Meat Conference, co-sponsored by NAMI and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), will be held in Nashville, TN on February 21-23, 2016 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The AMC offers comprehensive education sessions that include a variety of ways to explore the latest developments in meat retailing. In addition, the annual Product Tasting Reception continues to be a premier event, and the conference provides outstanding networking opportunities. Registration for AMC will open in the Fall.

Meat Pavilion at The NGA Show

February 28 – March 2, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada

Exhibit sales are now open for the 2016 National Grocers Association (NGA) Show, which will take place February 28-March 2, 2016, at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meat Institute processor members receive discounts to showcase their latest products, innovations and services at NAMI's Meat Pavilion on the show floor. The 2016 NGA Show will convene independent retailers, wholesalers, food retail industry executives and food manufacturers to highlight cutting-edge tools, marketplace trends and best practices facing the independent grocery industry. For more information regarding exhibit opportunities and the Meat Pavilion, contact Contact Sabrina Moore, Director of Conferences and Education at or 202/587-4204.


Worker Safety, Labor and Employment Conference and Awards

April 4 – 5, 2016
Chicago, IL

This NAMI Foundation educational conference is designed to provide critical information to help enhance worker safety, reduce injury and illness rates, lower compensation costs and increase productivity through better safety management.  The program is intended for meat and poultry plant managers, safety and personnel specialists and supervisors with employee safety, health and human resources responsibilities. In addition to joint sessions, the program also break into specific tracks for worker safety and HR, and provides a motivational keynote speaker.  The Worker Safety Awards will be presented at this conference.

Meat Industry Management Conference

April 5 – 7, 2016
Chicago, IL

This annual meeting and conference is a great networking and educational opportunity for the entire industry.  Education topics will be broad and cover multiple interest areas including food safety, government regulations, workforce issues, economics, and general business topics.   The always popular Issues Answers Actions session will be featured, which provides structured member interaction on a variety of issues and topics. Education on new technologies will also be featured, and there will be tabletop exhibit opportunities.


Center of the Plate Training

June 14 – 16, 2016
College Station, Texas

NAMI Foundation Center of the Plate Training® (COP) sessions bring together some of the top experts and species organizations to teach food industry professionals  the best and most profitable uses for  beef, pork, lamb, veal and poultry, as well as processed meats and seafood. This three day course is designed to teach the fundamentals of meat specifications by giving a first-hand look at how carcasses are converted to cuts commonly used in retail and foodservice.  This event draws approximately 50 attendees.


Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing Conference

Rosemont, IL

This annual conference provides valuable insights for beef processors, outstanding networking opportunities, and access to the best information to help your business improve its food safety programs. This conference always brings together 150 top experts from industry, government, and academia to address the most critical issues that beef processors face today. Tabletop exhibits and sponsorships are available.

Meat Institute Annual Meeting and Outlook Conference

Washington, DC 

This annual meeting and conference is a great networking and educational opportunity for the entire industry.  In partnership with the Canadian Meat Council, the Meat Importers Council of America this broadly attended event will include a variety of education sessions on key industry topics, particularly those involving regulatory and legislative issues, as well as outlook sessions for 2016 and the member to member education provided by Issues Answers Action.  Tabletop exhibits and sponsorship opportunities are available.


Animal Care and Handling Conference

Dates TBD
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.  Table top exhibits and sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control

Dates TBD
Kansas City, MO

This workshop focuses on the challenge of controlling Listeria monocytogenes in order to produce a safe, nutritious product. The NAMI Foundation has worked with experts across the industry to develop a learning experience tailored to meet those challenges. This year's workshop will include an off-site afternoon at a nearby associate member, which was proven a successful venture in 2014, and other program updates will be implemented.  Discussion topics will continue to focus on sanitation, equipment design, corrective actions, sampling plans and data analysis.  Sponsorships and exhibits are available for this conference. 



IPPE Education

January 31-February 2, 2017

NAMI will offer numerous workshop sessions at the show for attendees interested in business growth, operations management, food safety, and product development. Registration will open September 1, 2016. Please visit for exhibit, housing and registration details.


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 NAMIF 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.