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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


Center of the Plate Training

June 18– 20, 2019
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77840

Center of the Plate Training® is a 2.5 day course 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. The workshop 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. Taught by top academic experts as well as representatives from USDA and producer organizations, this course teaches food industry professionals about grading, product standards as seen in the Meat Buyer’s Guide, purchasing options, and more. Space is limited.

NEW! NextGen Family Business Workshop

June 25– 26, 2019
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

This workshop offers family businesses in the meat industry a unique opportunity to train your next generation of family employees alongside other family businesses in the industry. This 2 day event will give next generation family members an up close look at the complexities involved in running successful family business and will hit on critical topics such as the stages of family business, communications and conflict resolution, responsible ownership, personal development and more. This interactive workshop will provide a mix of large group presentations and discussions, small group projects, and individual work plans. Space is limited.


Meat Industry Food Safety Conference

September 4-5, 2019
Rosemont Hilton
Rosemont, IL

The Meat Industry Food Safety Conference provides valuable insights for the beef, pork and processed meat industries through a combination of general sessions and sector specific break-out sessions. The conference will bring together top experts from industry and academia to address the most critical issues the meat industry faces today. The conference will cover such topics as pathogen control, sanitation, foreign material control, recall preparedness, and industry innovation in a setting conducive to idea-sharing, in-depth discussion, and practical problem solving. In addition to the sessions, the conference provides outstanding networking opportunities, and a supplier showcase featuring the latest food safety solutions.


Animal Care and Handling Conference

October 17-18, 2019
October 16: Pre-conference Workshop on Stunning, Sensibility, and Euthanasia
Westin Kansas City
Kansas City, MO

The Animal Care and Handling Conference is designed to help 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. A pre-conference workshop focusing on stunning, determining sensibility, and proper euthanasia will be held prior to main conference in 2019.

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

October 22-23, 2019
Hilton KCI,
Kansas City, Missouri

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.

Fall Forum with NAMI Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting

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

October 24- 25, 2019
Renaissance Arlington, Capital View
Arlington, VA

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 the North American Meat Institute, 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


International Production and Processing Expo

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.


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 Marriot 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.


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.