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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


Building Consumer Trust Through Industry Action

May 24, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET

While nearly all American households purchase meat and poultry, many want to know more about how their food choices align with their values - including for their health, their communities, and the environment. Consumer research shows enormous benefits for meat consumption if consumers trust meat and poultry to align with their values - and similarly enormous risks if current levels of trust decline. This session will explain how supply chain partners are continuously improving to meet consumer and customer expectations, including transparent and comprehensive communications. Learn how meat companies and retailers are aligning on sustainability initiatives, working to accelerate progress toward global sustainable development goals, and amplifying our voices through the groundbreaking sector-wide Protein PACT for the People, Animals, and Climate of Tomorrow. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how the industry is advancing business-critical priorities for you and for partners throughout the supply chain.


Foreign Material Focus: Managing Risks and Leveraging Detection

June 7, 2022
1:00 p.m. ET

The control of foreign material in meat & poultry products is a critical consideration for all establishments. This webinar will cover the key aspects to consider when conducting risk assessments, the cornerstone of every foreign material control and prevention program (FMCPP). The webinar will also focus on the role of detection systems in a FMCPP - as the industry continues to evolve to a more proactive mindset of prevention based on calculated root cause analysis. Register today to learn more about the expertise available in the Meat & Poultry Foreign Material Manual - and to consider areas of improvement within your operation.


Center of the Plate

July 12-14, 2022
College Station, TX

Center of the Plate Training® is a three-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, processed meats, and nutrition. 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. Registration opening soon.


Meat Industry Food Safety Conference

August 24-25, 2022
Kansas City, MO


Animal Care and Handling Conference

September 13-14, 2022
Kansas City, MO


Protein Pact 2022 Summit

October 13-14, 2022
Orlando, FL



International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 24 – January 26, 2023
Atlanta, GA

Annual Meat Conference

March 6-8, 2023
Dallas, TX

Protein Pact 2023 Summit

October 5-6, 2023
San Diego, CA


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 30 – February 1, 2024
Atlanta, GA

Annual Meat Conference

March 18-20, 2024
Nashville, TN


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.